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The ancestors of the bearers of the Hughes surname were Welsh Brythonic- Celts. However, their name came to Britain with the Norman invasion; Hughes 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).

Hughes Early Origins



The surname Hughes 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, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Hughes Spelling Variations


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Hughes Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Hughes have included Hughes, Hugh, Hews, Hughs, Hues, Huse and others.

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Hughes Early History


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Hughes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hughes research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1038, 1553, 1632, 1603, 1667, 1604, 1664, 1654, 1659, 1645, 1719, 1677 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Hughes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hughes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hughes Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was 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 and 1659; Margaret Hughes ( c. 1645-1719), also known as...

Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hughes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hughes In Ireland


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Hughes In Ireland



Some of the Hughes 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North Ameri ca. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Hughes were found:

Hughes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Hughes settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Joshua Hughes, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Lewes Hughes, aged 19, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Griffith Hughes, aged 24, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Hughes, aged 30, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hughes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Valentine Hughes, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Richard Hughes settled in Georgia with his wife and five sons in 1733
  • Joseph Hughes, who landed in Georgia in 1738
  • Lucy Hughes, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
  • Thomas Hughes settled in Georgia in 1744
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hughes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Hughes, aged 35, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
  • Jane Hughes, who landed in America in 1805
  • Lawrence Hughes, who landed in America in 1809
  • James Hughes, who landed in New Jersey in 1811
  • Herman Hughes, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hughes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry P Hughes, who landed in Arkansas in 1900

Hughes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Hughes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Heny Hughes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Charles Hughes U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 214 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Hughes U.E. who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Hughes U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hughes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Hughes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Ellis Hughes, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Joel Hughes, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • John Hughes, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Ellen Hughes, aged 30, a widow, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hughes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Hughes, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Richard Hughes, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Hughes, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Hughes, a butcher, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Hughes, a sawyer, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hughes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Hughes landed in Moriaki, New Zealand in 1840
  • Stephen Edward Hughes landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Hughes landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Hughes landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • William Hughes arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hughes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hughes (post 1700)



  • Rex Hughes (1938-2016), American college and NBA basketball coach for the Sacramento Kings
  • Charles E Hughes (1862-1948), American politician, Governor of New York state and later American Secretary of State to Warren G. Harding
  • Thomas P. Hughes (1923-2014), American Historian of Technology
  • Keith Hughes (1968-2014), American NBA basketball player
  • Major-General John Hendricken Hughes (1876-1953), American Member of the Secretary of War's Personnel Board (1942-1945)
  • Major-General Everett Strait Hughes (1885-1957), American Chief of Ordnance (1946-1949)
  • Hatcher Hughes (1881-1945), American playwright awarded the 1924 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Lisa Bobbie Schreiber Hughes (b. 1958), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname, 2006-
  • Howard Robard Hughes (1905-1976), pioneering American aviator, engineer, industrialist, and film producer. He was widely known as a playboy and one of the wealthiest people in the world
  • Barnard Aloysius Kiernan Hughes (1915-2006), American actor of theater and film
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Hughes Historic Events


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Hughes Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Charles W Hughes (b. 1965), American Specialist 4th Class from Cleburne, Texas, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Frank J Hughes (b. 1955), American Staff Sergeant from North Carrollton, Alabama, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Henry Hughes, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. William Lawrence Hughes, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Hugh Hughes, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Helena  Hughes (1872-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. Peter J.  Hughes (1878-1917), Canadian Stevedore employee at the Canadian Pacific Railway from Black Point, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. William F Hughes (b. 1916), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Kingston, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Hugh Hughes (b. 1914), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Verdon Hughes, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. George Thomas Hughes, English Able Seaman from Wallasey Village, Wallasey, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. David William Benjamin Hughes, British Coder, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Alfie Hughes, British Gunner, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred Hughes, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Richard Hughes, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Michael James Hughes, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John J Hughes, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Owen Hughes, English Greaser from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Edward Hughes, English Hospital Attendant from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Ellen Hughes, English Stewardess from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Master William Wilson Hughes, English Steward's Young Assistant from Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Hughes, English Assistant Cook from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Thomas Hughes (d. 1912), aged 33, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Hughes


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Suggested Readings for the name Hughes



  • The Families of Benjamin (1816-1903) [and] Margaret Evans (1825-1879) Hughes and Evan (1808-1877) [and] Jane Davies (1817-1858) James by David Wendell Hughes.
  • Genealogy of Chadwick, King, and Allied Families: McKee, Callahan, Hughs/Hughes, Mock, Roberts, Langston by Darline Chadwick Smith.

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
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The Hughes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hughes 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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