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What does the name Hughes mean?

Hughes is an anglicised surname that is widespread in Wales and Ireland, although most often found in Anglesey. It is mostly patronymic, derived from the 'son of Hugh/Hu/Huw'. In Ireland the origins of the surname Hughes are thought to be similar, particularly in the North where settlers are believed to have brought the name with them on their arrival in the plantation of Ulster, although the root is also believed to be from the Irish name 'O hAodha, meaning 'descendant of Aodh' which was anglicised to 'Hugh'.

The earliest occurrence of the Hughes surname in our family history documents is from 1488, and we currently have 3,843,278 records where Hughes appears.

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