Hughes (surname)

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Hughes
Family name
Meaning "son of Hugh" or "fire"
Region of origin Ireland, Wales
Related names Ó hAodha, McHugh, Pugh, Hughs, Hews, Hayes,

Hughes /hjuːz/ is a patronymic surname of Irish and Welsh origin.

Ireland and Goidelic Britain[edit]

The surname evolved from the ancient Irish name of Ó hAodha, "grandson/descendant of Aodh ("fire")." Aodh was frequently Anglicized as Hugh. Ó hAodha in turn is Anglicized as Hughes or Hayes. Hughes is the 15th most popular name in Ulster and Northern Ireland and the second most common surname in Co Armagh although it originates from County Roscommon. It is of similar origin to O'Hea in the Republic of Ireland. It is commonly found in the Counties Wexford, Donegal, Galway and Cork.[1] There are variant spellings.

Wales - Brythonic Britain[edit]

In Wales and other areas of Brythonic Britain, the name derives from the personal name Hu or Huw, meaning "fire" or "inspiration". At the time of the British Census of 1881, the relative frequency of the surname Hughes was highest on the Welsh island of Ynys Môn (Anglesey) (37.2 times the British average), followed by Gwynedd, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Meirionydd, Montgomeryshire, Ceredigion, Radnorshire and Carmarthenshire,[2]

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  • Nerys Hughes (born 1941), Welsh actress
  • Neil Hughes, UK District Councillor featured in Michael Apted's Up Series

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hughes: Name, Meaning and Origin". genealogy.about.com. 10 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Hughes in the 1881 British Census". britishsurnames.co.uk. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 

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