Hughes (surname)

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

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

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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,[1]


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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 common name in Ulster and Northern Ireland and the 2nd most common surname in Co Armagh although it originates from County Roscommon. It was the 34th most common name in Matheson's 1890 census of Ireland and the 44th most common surname in Ireland in the 1992-1997 period.[2] It is commonly found in the Counties Wexford, Donegal, Galway and Cork.[3] There are variant spellings.

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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 in the 1881 British Census". britishsurnames.co.uk. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Sean. "Survey of Irish Surnames". homepage.eircom.net. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Irelandroots.com http://www.irelandroots.com/hughes.htm |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

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