Hughes Family History

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Hughes Name Meaning

English (also common in Wales): patronymic from the Middle English and Anglo-Norman French personal name Hugh. Welsh: variant of Howells. Irish and Scottish: variant Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Aodha (see McCoy).

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


Similar surnames: Hughen, Hugh, Hughs, Hughley, Hugus, Huguet, Hughey, Huger, Highley

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Hughes Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hughes name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hughes. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    49%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    25%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Norway

    2%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    2%

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Hughes Family Origin

Where is the Hughes family from?

Hughes Family Occupations

What did your Hughes ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hughes family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Hughes occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Hughes's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hughes.

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  • Farmer

    7%
  • Coal Miner

    5%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    2%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hughes ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hughes Historical Records

What Hughes family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Hughes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hughes 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 307,000 immigration records available for the last name Hughes. 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 312,000 military records available for the last name Hughes. For the veterans among your Hughes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hughes Life Expectancy

What is the average Hughes lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hughes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Hughes in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hughes

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hughes ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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