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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).

Hughs Early Origins



The surname Hughs 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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Hughs Spelling Variations


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Hughs Spelling Variations



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.

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Hughs Early History


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Hughs Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hughs 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 Hughs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hughs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hughs Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Robert Hues (15531632), 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 Hughs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hughs In Ireland


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Hughs In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Hughs, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Robert Hughs settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Owen Hughs, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • William Hughs, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Anne Hughs, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hughs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Hughs, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Thomas Hughs, who landed in Virginia in 1701-1702
  • Michael Hughs, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Evan Hughs, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Hugh Hughs, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hughs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jonathan Hughs, who landed in America in 1807
  • Robert Hughs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Patrick Hughs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • William Hughs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1825
  • Martin Hughs, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1848

Hughs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jeremy Hughs, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Hughs, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Hughs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Hughs, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829

Hughs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Hughs, aged 39, a slater, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Sarah Hughs, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873

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Motto


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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



    Other References

    1. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    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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