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.

Alternative forms of the name are: Huey, Hugues, Hugo, Ugo, Hewie.

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: