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Hugh Family History

Hugh Surname Meaning

English Welsh and Scottish (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Hue from ancient Germanic Hugo (ultimately derived from hugi- ‘mind spirit’). This was a very popular name in England after the Norman Conquest partly due to the reputation of Saint Hugh of Lincoln (1140–1200) who was born in Burgundy and who established the first Carthusian monastery in England. Scottish and Irish: adopted as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Aodh a derivative of a Gaelic word meaning ‘fire’. See Hughes . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 邱 and 丘 based on their Hakka pronunciation; see Qiu 1 and

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hugo, Huff, Haugh, Hug, Hough, High, Rush, Huger, Huch, Duch

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Where is the Hugh family from?

You can see how Hugh families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hugh family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hugh families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 142 Hugh families living in Lancashire. This was about 14% of all the recorded Hugh's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Hugh families in 1891.
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What did your Hugh ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Hugh. 13% of Hugh men worked as a Farmer and 68% of Hugh women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hugh were Farm Labourer and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Farmer
  • Joiner
  • Incapacitated
  • Farm Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Duties
  • Incapacitated
  • Private Means
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There are 84,000 census records available for the last name Hugh. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hugh census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Hugh. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Hugh. For the veterans among your Hugh ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hugh lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Hugh life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Hugh in 1955 was 40, and 66 in 2004.

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