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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Hugh

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Hugh in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Hugh:

  • Records indicate that 79,893 boys in the United States have been named Hugh since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1916, when 1,619 people in the U.S. were given the name Hugh. Those people are now 106 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


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      4 Positive Comments

  • "It's a nice, neutral masculine name. I like Hugh better than Huey. The main people I think of named Hugh are 1) Hugh from Star Trek (he was a Borg, but a good guy), 2) Hugh Grant (an English actor who went out with Elisabeth Hurley),and 3) Hugh Lewis (a musician known as Huey). Hugh would be a nice nick name for a person named Houston." Apr. 25, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hugh is a wonderful name. It's the name I'm gonna use for my son. We're gonna name him after my fiancı's grandfather." Sep. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's name is Hugh. He's British-Polish Australian... I've never actually met an American-born person named Hugh. Too bad, it's a nice classic name." Jun. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "People in Philadelphia often mipronounce my name. Instead of saying "HUGH" they say "EWE." I tend to forgive them but when I've told them to say the H and they don't, I get agitated. I am 11 years old and I've only met 2 other Hughs in my life. I like being the only Hugh in my school because there are too many kids named Alex, Andrew, and Jack and that gets confusing." Nov. 26, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Neutral Comments

  • "Love it! Simple, masculine and ageless. My son is Hugh Harrison" Jan. 5, 2022: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hugh was a common name in Ireland where it served as a translation of the Irish name "Aodh" (pronounced "A"). Many O'Neills were called Hugh after the famous Hugh the Earl of Tyrone, who left Ireland for Europe at the end of the 1600s." Jan. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Hugh. People are really surprised by the name because it is so uncommon these days, but everyone agrees it has a good classic feel that just SOUNDS smart!" Oct. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hugh is not an uncommon name in Glasgow and the west of Scotland where people called Hugh are affectionatly called "Shug" or "Shuggie"" Aug. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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