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Where did the Welsh Hughs family come from? What is the Welsh Hughs family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hughs family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hughs family history?The ancestors of the bearers of the Hughs surname were Welsh Brythonic- Celts. However, their name came to Britain with the Norman invasion; Hughs is derived from the Old French personal name Hughe, also spelled Hue. This name was made popular by the exploits of several saints including: St. Hugh of Lincoln (1140-1200), who was born in Burgundy, France and established the first Carthusian monastery in England; as well as St. Hugh of Cluny (1024-1109).
Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Hughs have included Hughes, Hugh, Hews, Hughs, Hues, Huse and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hughs research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1038, 1603, 1667, 1604, 1664, 1654 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Hughs History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 83 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hughs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hughs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Hughs:
Hughs Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Hughs Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Hughs Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Kymmer-yn Lydeirnon
Motto Translation: Name of the lordship of the family.
The Hughs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hughs Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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