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For other uses, see Fitzhugh (disambiguation).
Family name
Meaning "son of Hugh" (patronymic)
Region of origin England
Language(s) of origin Norman
Related names Hugh, Hughes, Howell, Fitchew, Fitchie, Fithie, Fithye, McCoy, Mac Aoidh
Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons: [1]

Fitzhugh is an English Anglo-Norman surname originating in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.[2] It is patronymic as the prefix Fitz- derives from the Latin filius, meaning "son of". Its variants include FitzHugh, Fitz-Hugh, Fitz Hugh, fitz Hugh, and its associated given name turned surname Hugh. Fitzhugh is rare as a given name.

A family with the surname of Fitzhugh were proven descendants of Acaris, son of Bardolf, a son of Odo, Count of Penthièvre who was a close relative and important ally of William the Conqueror.[3]


People with the name Fitzhugh include:

Given name[edit]

  • Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1836–1870), American author, journalist, and explorer
  • Fitzhugh Lee (1835–1905), U.S. Civil War cavalry commander and Governor of Virginia


  1. ^ "Fitzhugh Surname Meaning and Distribution".  Retrieved 21 January 2014
  2. ^ "Fitzhugh Name Meaning and Origin". Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  3. ^ Early Yorkshire Charters: Volume 5, The Honour of Richmond, Part 2, edited by William Farrer, Charles Travis Clay

External links[edit]

"Fitzhugh Genealogy", website about the history and genealogy of the Fitzhugh family