Word Origin & History
masc. proper name, from O.N.Fr. Hugues, O.Fr. Hue, from a Frank. name meaning "heart, mind," cf. O.H.G. Hugi, related to hugu "mind, soul, thought." Very popular after the Conquest (often in L. form Hugo); the common form was Howe, the nickname form Hudd. Its popularity is attested by the more than 90
surnames formed from it, including Hughes, Howe, Hudson, Hewitt, Hutchins.