Derived from "hug." Popular during the middle ages which led to surnames such as Howe, Howse, and Hughes. Remained in use until the 17th century, then gradually started to fade. Peaked prior to the turn of the 20th century in the United States. British actor Hugh Grant and Australian actor and film producer Hugh Jackman keep the name in front of the public. Widely used in Ireland.

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