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Quick Facts on Hugo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 438
Simple meaning:
Heart, mind, spirit

Characteristics of Hugo

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Hugo

Hugo is the Latinized form of the name Hugh and was used in the Middle Ages as the official written form. Hugh has Frankish (Germanic) roots and comes from the Old French “Hugues” derived from “hug” meaning ‘heart, mind, spirit’. Hugh/Hugo was adopted by the aristocracy of medieval France no doubt due to the name’s favorable meaning, i.e., an intelligent person, or one who is bright in heart, mind and spirit. The French introduced the name to Britain via the Normans after the conquest of 1066. Hugh became a Top 10 most consistently used name in medieval England and was also often used as an anglicized version of the Gaelic “Aodh” (the ancient name which gave us Aidan and means “fire”). Saint Hugh of Lincoln (12th century) and Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln (13th century) were two well-known English saints of the Middle Ages and served to further cement the name’s popularity (see historical figures below for more information). Victor Hugo was a 19th century French author who produced two great works of literature: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Les Misérables”. Hugo has not enjoyed the same level of success historically among English speakers as Hugh, but it did experience a revival in the 19th century. In modern times, however, Hugo has become the far more favored choice throughout Europe. Today the name ranks on the Top 10 in Spain, Sweden and France. It is a Top 25 most favored male name in Catalonia and Belgium, and it is ranked on the Top 100 in Holland and Australia.

Popularity of the Name Hugo

The usage of the male name Hugo dates back to the 19th century in America; actually, the height of his popularity was in the late 1800s. Not a top choice, Hugo came into the 20th century at low-moderate levels of success. By mid-century (1940s) it appeared as if Hugo might even fall off the charts for good. However, he came back alive slowly starting in the 1950s and would gradually climb the charts over the course of the rest of the century. In the early 2000s, Hugo achieved similar levels of moderate success the name saw a hundred years ago. However, if the past 120 years is any measure, we don’t expect this French darling to ascend the charts in any meaningful way. This is good news for parents who detest overused or ultra-trendy names. Hugo is ‘huggable’ and cute on the youngsters, but also ages nicely into adulthood. An old medieval name, Hugo still manages to feel modern and hip. A true off-beat classic full of ‘heart mind and spirit’!
Popularity of the Boy Name Hugo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Hugo

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Hugo

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Hugo

    Hugo We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Hugo.

  • Popular Songs on Hugo

    Popular Songs on Hugo

    Hugo - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Hugo.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Hugo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Hugo

    Far-Flung Adventures: Hugo Pepper (Paul Stewart) - A brilliantly inventive, fabulously illustrated addition to the Far- Flung Adventures series from the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator team Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. Set in the same world as the Fergus Crane and Corby Flood stories, this is the tale of a small boy, Hugo Pepper, and his amazing exploits. Raised in the Frozen North by reindeer herders, his parents eaten by polar bears when he was just a baby, Hugo discovers that the sled they arrived in has a very special compass—one that can be set to "Home." And so Hugo arrives in Firefly Square—to discover a group of very special friends, and a dastardly enemy. With three-toed snowmen, a secret buried treasure, and a host of fabulous stories, this is a fantastic new tale in this series. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Hugo and Miles In I've Painted Everything (Scott Magoon) - What happens when a very creative artist runs out of things to paint? Just runs out—as in, he’s painted everything! Hugo, the artist in question, is in an elephunk, so he and his friend Miles leave Cornville for a whirlwind trip to Paris. They visit museums, parks, and landmarks. So what does happen when a very creative artist runs out of things to paint? Well, he begins to see things in a very different way…Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Hugo and the Bully Frogs (Francesca Simon) - Poor Hugo! What can one small frog--with a squeaky little croak--do against a big, bad gang of bullies? Every animal has a suggestion about how he can defend himself, but Hugo is just too timid to do anything. Then bossy Duck comes by with an answer--and the next time the Bullyfrogs appear, they meet quite a different Hugo...Every child who has ever had to put up with a bully will take heart from this clever and reassuring tale. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String (Bob Boyle) - In a little house on the top of a hill lives a happy little guy named Hugo. When Hugo sees a mysterious red string, he just knows he’s going to find something wonderful at the end of it! Hugo’s journey takes him across the river, underground, and throughout town—all while gathering curious new friends along the way! What does Hugo finally find at the end of the mysterious red string? An embarrassing, hilarious, wonderful surprise! A rhyming refrain and Bob Boyle’s signature animated, geometric art style will entertain readers as they learn about what happens when new friends work toward a common goal. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Hugo Hippo's ABC Fun Book in Africa (Gail A. Porter) - Hugo Hippo and his animal friends introduce children to the geography of Africa, in a colorful and alliterative ABC book. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Hugo's Motorcycle Rescue (Lorette Broekstra) - Hugo, the elephant hero of this series, rollicks along the avenue and waves to passersby, while rocketing up Magic Mountain on his motorcycle. From his view atop the mountain, he sees a rockslide sure to harm his friends in the village, and once again, he is called upon to save the day. Typical of the series, this memorable tale explores themes such as community, bravery, and friendship. Strong colors, bold illustrations, and an exciting yet straightforward plot make this a charming adventure for parents to read to toddlers or for very young readers to tackle independently. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    King Hugo's Huge Ego (Chris Van Dusen) - From a master of visual comedy comes the royally satisfying tale of a head swollen out of proportion and a blowhard brought down to earth. Hugo is a tiny king with a very large ego. But when he mistreats a villager who also happens to be a sorceress, the spell she casts causes his head to literally swell. The more he boasts, the bigger it gets, until it finally topples the mini monarch right off his castle! Who will cut this royal pain down to size? And, more important, will anyone live happily ever after? Chris Van Dusen’s hilarious story is matched only by his outrageous illustrations. Together, they make for a picture book that is sometimes fairy tale, sometimes cautionary tale, and always laugh-out loud funny. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick) - Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life (and his most precious secret) are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Which Way, Hugo? (Morgan Matthews) - Hugo is an elephant with sore feet tries flying like a bird, hopping like a kangaroo, and digging like a mole as ways of going places; then a turtle gives him some good advice. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Hugo

    Famous People Named Hugo

    Famous People Named Hugo - Hugo Chávez (Venezuelan President); Hugo Boss, (German fashion designer); Hugo Weaving (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Hugo

    Children of Famous People Named Hugo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Hugo - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Hugo.

Personality of the Boy Name Hugo

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Hugo

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