Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Hugo

Hugo is the Latinized form of the name Hugh and was used in the Middle Ages as the official written form. Hugh has Frankish (Germanic) roots and comes from the Old French “Hugues” derived from “hug” meaning ‘heart, mind, spirit’. Hugh/Hugo was adopted by the aristocracy of medieval France no doubt due to the name’s favorable meaning, i.e., an intelligent person, or one who is bright in heart, mind and spirit. The French introduced the name to Britain via the Normans after the conquest of 1066. Hugh became a Top 10 most consistently used name in medieval England and was also often used as an anglicized version of the Gaelic “Aodh” (the ancient name which gave us Aidan and means “fire”). Saint Hugh of Lincoln (12th century) and Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln (13th century) were two well-known English saints of the Middle Ages and served to further cement the name’s popularity (see historical figures below for more information). Victor Hugo was a 19th century French author who produced two great works of literature: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Les Misérables”. Hugo has not enjoyed the same level of success historically among English speakers as Hugh, but it did experience a revival in the 19th century. In modern times, however, Hugo has become the far more favored choice throughout Europe. Today the name ranks on the Top 10 in Spain, Sweden and France. It is a Top 25 most favored male name in Catalonia and Belgium, and it is ranked on the Top 100 in Holland and Australia.

All About the Baby Name – Hugo

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME HUGO

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME HUGO

The usage of the male name Hugo dates back to the 19th century in America; actually, the height of his popularity was in the late 1800s. Not a top choice, Hugo came into the 20th century at low-moderate levels of success. By mid-century (1940s) it appeared as if Hugo might even fall off the charts for good. However, he came back alive slowly starting in the 1950s and would gradually climb the charts over the course of the rest of the century. In the early 2000s, Hugo achieved similar levels of moderate success the name saw a hundred years ago. However, if the past 120 years is any measure, we don’t expect this French darling to ascend the charts in any meaningful way. This is good news for parents who detest overused or ultra-trendy names. Hugo is ‘huggable’ and cute on the youngsters, but also ages nicely into adulthood. An old medieval name, Hugo still manages to feel modern and hip. A true off-beat classic full of ‘heart mind and spirit’!

Quick Facts

ON HUGO

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

French

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

438

PRONUNCIATION:

HYOO-go

SIMPLE MEANING:

Heart, mind, spirit

Characteristics

OF HUGO

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Hugo

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HUGO

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Hugo

Popular Songs

ON HUGO

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Hugo


Famous People

NAMED HUGO

Hugo Chávez (Venezuelan President)
Hugo Boss, (German fashion designer)
Hugo Weaving (actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HUGO

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Hugo

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HUGO

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hugo