Earth, Elements, Fire, H names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Hugh is an English male name meaning “heart, thought, mind, spirit” derived from Proto-Germanic element *hugiz (mind; thought; understanding) which could be derived from a PIE source though the etymology behind it is uncertain. Hugh is also an English surname originating from the given name, though as an Irish and Scottish surname it’s an anglicized form of Gaelic names Aodh meaning “fire” and Uisdean, the Scottish-Gaelic form of Old Norse Eysteinn derived from Old Norse elements ey (island) and steinn (stone) meaning “island stone”.

Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European



  • Hugo (Spanish, Portuguese, English, Dutch, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic)
  • Hugh (English)
  • Huey (English)
  • Hughie (English)
  • Hugues (French)
  • Huguo (Ancient Germanic)
  • Hug (Catalan)
  • Ugo (Italian)
  • Shug (Scottish)
  • Huw (Welsh)
  • Hudde (Medieval English)


Female forms:

  • Huguette (French)


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