Of Germanic origin.
From the Germanic element “hug”, meaning “heart, mind, spirit”.
This is a name that was often used by French and Frankish royal families.
It was brought to England by the Normans.
Famous bearers are Hugh Grant, Hugh Jackman, Hugh Laurie, Hugh Bonneville, Hugh Cornwell, Hugh Dancy, Hugh Hefner, Hugh Masekela, Hugh Griffith.
In the following video you may watch a short biography of Australian actor Hugh Jackman: