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[hyoo or, often, yoo] /hyu or, often, yu/
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “heart, mind.”.
Can be confused
hew, hue, Hugh. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Hugh strode about the room in obvious perturbation, his eyes bent on the ground.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • The two latter uttered their usual expressive exclamation, "Hugh!"

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Hugh Ritson stepped out of the moonlight and went behind his brother.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • He was told that she was not well, for which Hugh said he was very sorry.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Hugh had never enjoyed the open air more than during this drive.

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
Word Origin and History for Hugh

masc. proper name, from Old North French Hugues, Old French Hue, from a Frankish name meaning "heart, mind," cf. Old High German Hugi, related to hugu "mind, soul, thought." Very popular after the Conquest (often in Latin 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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