Cool Name of the Week: Hugh

I love awards-show season—my daughters and I critique the fashions and root for our favorites for each category, while my husband rolls his eyes at the overwrought and often a little out-there acceptance speeches. And last night’s Golden Globes is one of my favorites, since the attendees are plied with a meal and open bar, which means the speeches tend to be a little more real than at the stiffer Oscars.

I was thrilled that Hugh Jackman won for his role in Les Miserables. He’s a very talented actor, and by all accounts, he’s a genuine cool guy (and if his acceptance speech is any indication, he’s a pretty darned appreciative husband). And it doesn’t hurt that he’s easy on the eyes, too.

Hugh Jackman sports a name that’s much hotter in the UK and Australia than it is here, where it’s barely hanging on to the top 1000. It’s a German name that means “intellectual,” and there seems to be a bumper crop of handsome Hughs in Hollywood right now, including Hugh Grant, Hugh Laurie and Hugh Dancy (along with the aforementioned Hugh Jackman). The Welsh spell it “Hew,” which would be an even more offbeat name choice, if you’re looking for a creative spelling. It’d be a nice alternative to some of the more popular short-and-sweet names, like NoahIan and Luke.

As for middle names, Hugh lends itself to longer middle name. I like BenjaminLachlanXavier and Grayson paired with it.

What do you think of the name Hugh? Would you ever consider naming your baby after a favorite celebrity or even a sports figure? Don’t forget to send your baby-name dilemmas to me at!

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  1. by Betty Winslow

    On January 14, 2013 at 10:17 am

    All four of my kids have names that mean something that I’d like to see them grow up to fit. Only one was named after anything close to a celebrity was my older daughter’s middle name, after a favorite Beatle song, and my younger daughter’s, after her maternal great-grandmother. However, even those names had good meanings. I’ve never been a fan of oddball or obscure names.