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Hughes Name Meaning

English and Welsh: variant of Hugh with genitival or excrescent -s. Irish and Scottish: adopted as an equivalent of Gaelic surnames based on the personal name Aodh ‘fire’ for example Ó hAodha Mac Aodha; see McCoy and compare McHugh .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Hughes family from?

You can see how Hughes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hughes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hughes families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 13,519 Hughes families living in Lancashire. This was about 16% of all the recorded Hughes's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Hughes families in 1891.
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What did your Hughes ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Hughes. 7% of Hughes men worked as a General Labourer and 62% of Hughes women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hughes were Incapacitated and Household Duties. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Household Duties
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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