Hughes Name History

Hughes Irish Coat of Arms

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The Hughes surname evolved from the ancient Irish name of Ó hAodha, "grandson/descendant of Aodh (meaning "fire")." Aodh was frequently Anglicized as Hugh, with Ó hAodha in turn being anglicized as Hughes or Hayes. Hughes is the 15th most common name in the northern Irish province of Ulster, being especially common in the Ulster counties Armagh, Tyrone, Monaghan, and Fermanagh. It was the 34th most common name in Matheson's 1890 census of Ireland and the 44th most common surname in Ireland in the 1992-1997 period. In addition to the counties of Ulster, the surname Hughes is also commonly found in the counties Wexford, Donegal, Galway and Cork

Learn more about the Hughes

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the Hughes surname. There is a wide selection of Hughes coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Find a Hughes Pub in Ireland

There's at least one pub named for the Hughes clan, Hughes Bar on Ballinamore Bridge in Ballinasloe, County Galway. Drop by for a pint or if you can't visit in person, our personalized Hughes pub gifts are the next best thing!

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