US Popularity:1610
Other Origin(s):British, French
Meaning:Mind, thought; Spirit; Heart; Understanding; Bright mind; Bright spirit
Hugh is a boy’s name of British origin and is the English-language variant of German boy names like Hugo and Uwe. Hugh celebrates inner beauty with meanings like “mind,” “thought,” “spirit,” “heart,” “understanding,” “bright mind,” and “bright spirit.” Creating the image of someone who possesses great intelligence and character, these definitions add depth to this handsome baby name. In today’s pop culture, Hugh is also synonymous with several famous actors and public figures renowned for their dashingly charming personalities and rugged good looks. But whichever direction you prefer, Hugh has only positive connotations that ensure baby is loved and respected everywhere they go.

Hugh Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Hugh is currently #1818 on The Bump
Boy:Hugh is currently #529 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Hugh is currently #1610 in U.S. births
Boy:Hugh is currently #563 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
+ 82
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Behind the Name, Hugh, December 2022

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