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What does the name Hughes mean?

The surname Hughes originates from the Old French first name Hugh, meaning 'heart' or 'spirit', which was introduced to the British Isles by the Normans. Hughes means son of Hugh. The surname appears most frequently in North Wales and Lancashire. The surname was first documented in Somerset in 1327 during the reign of King Edward III. Among the well-known people called Hughes are poet Ted Hughes, reclusive American entrepreneur Howard Hughes, and Welsh star of The Liver Birds Nerys Hughes.

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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