Hues History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Hues surname were Welsh Brythonic- Celts. However, their name came to Britain with the Norman invasion; Hues 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 (French: Bourgogne) and established the first Carthusian monastery in England; as well as St. Hugh of Cluny (1024-1109).

Hugh (d. 1094), called of Grantmesnil, or Grentemaisnil, was Baron and Sheriff of Leicestershire, son of Robert of Grantmesnil, in the arrondissement of Lisieux. [1]

Hugh (d. 1098), called of Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury and Arundel, second son of Roger of Montgomery, held during his father's lifetime the manor of Worfield in Shropshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Hues family

The surname Hues was first found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales

Early rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used at that time. By example, Hugo was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086; Willelmus filius Hugonis was found in Wiltshire in 1084 and Reginaldus le fiz Hugonis was in the Pipe Rolls of Leicestershire from 1195. [2]

Early History of the Hues family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hues research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1038, 1518, 1613, 1545, 1553, 1632, 1603, 1667, 1604, 1664, 1654, 1659, 1645, 1719, 1677, 1720 and are included under the topic Early Hues History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hues Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Hues name over the years has been spelled Hughes, Hugh, Hews, Hughs, Hues, Huse and others.

Early Notables of the Hues family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Owen ap Hugh (1518-1613), of Bodeon, near Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, a Welsh politician, Member of the Parliament for Newborough in 1545; Robert Hues (1553-1632), an English mathematician and geographer; George Hughes (1603-1667), an English Puritan clergyman and writer; Thomas Hughes (1604-1664), a Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654...
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hues Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hues family to Ireland

Some of the Hues family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 84 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hues migration to the United States +

The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Hues:

Hues Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hugh Hues, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • Owen Hues, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • Richard Hues, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • John Hues, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [3]
  • Fran Hues, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hues Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Hues, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [3]
Hues Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernh Hues, who landed in America in 1839 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hues (post 1700) +

  • Matthias Hues (b. 1959), German-born, American-naturalized actor and martial artist, known for his roles in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Dark Angel (1990) and Money Fight (2012)
  • Jack Hues (b. 1954), stage name of Jeremy Allan Ryder, an English musician, best known for forming the 1980s British new wave band, Wang Chung
  • Patrick Hues Mell (1814-1888), Chancellor of the University of Georgia (UGA) from 1878 to 1888


The Hues Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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