Hugh Family History

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Hugh Name Meaning

English: from the Old French personal name Hu(gh)e, introduced to Britain by the Normans. This is in origin a short form of any of the various Germanic compound names with the first element hug ‘heart’, ‘mind’, ‘spirit’. Compare, for example, Howard 1, Hubble, and Hubert. It was a popular personal name among the Normans in England, partly due to the fame of St. Hugh of Lincoln (1140–1200), who was born in Burgundy and who established the first Carthusian monastery in England. In Ireland and Scotland this name has been widely used as an equivalent of Celtic Aodh ‘fire’, the source of many Irish surnames (see for example McCoy).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Hugh Family Origin

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Hugh Family Occupations

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 UK 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 Incapacitated and Private Means

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Farmer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Joiner
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Duties
  • Incapacitated
  • Private Means

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

Hugh Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Hugh Life Expectancy

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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