Hugo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hugo family

The surname Hugo was first found in Basel, (or Bale) a city in present day Switzerland on the Rhine river; it was a Gaelic stronghold and later a Roman town. It was in this region that the name Hugo made a great contribution to the feudal society of early Europe. The name Hugo became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The family has a long line of knights to their credit including: Hugo de Spitzemberg a noted Baron in 1537, Hugo zu Seelze from Hambourg who was confirmed as a Knight of St-Empire on Dec 29th, 1732; and Hugo de Raveshot of Flanders.

Early History of the Hugo family

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Hugo Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Huggo, Hugot, Huego, Hueggo, Huegot and others.

Early Notables of the Hugo family (pre 1700)

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Hugo World Ranking

In the United States, the name Hugo is the 13,752nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Hugo is ranked the 4,589th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2] And in South Africa, the name Hugo is the 669th popular surname with an estimated 10,204 people with that name. [3]


United States Hugo migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hugo Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Dannl Hugo, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Johannes Danll Hugo, aged 29, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [4]
  • John Daniel Hugo, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [4]
Hugo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Simon Hugo, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828 [4]
  • Simon Hugo, who settled in Allegany County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Charles Hugo in Missouri in 1846
  • Charles Hugo, aged 23, who landed in Missouri in 1846 [4]
  • Caspar Hugo, age 22, who settled in Missouri in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hugo migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hugo Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Ms. Mary Ann Hugo, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 13th January 1791, sentenced for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the ship "Pitt" on 17th July 1791 to New South Wales, Australia [5]
Hugo Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Hugo, (b. 1800), aged 21, English tailor who was convicted in London, England for life for pick pocketing, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 8th April 1821, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he is listed as settling in Melbourne via "Yarra Yarra" in 1853 [6]
  • James Hugo, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" [7]
  • Mr. Henry Hugo, (b. 1812), aged 42, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth in May1854 aboard the ship "Geelong" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 11th August 1854 [8]
  • Mrs. Charlotte Hugo, (b. 1811), aged 43, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth in May1854 aboard the ship "Geelong" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 11th August 1854 [8]
  • Mr. James Hugo, (b. 1843), aged 11, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth in May1854 aboard the ship "Geelong" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 11th August 1854 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hugo migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hugo Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Hugo, aged 18, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Hugo (post 1700) +

  • Richard Hugo (b. 1982), American poet nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1981 and awarded Academy of American Poets Fellowship (also in 1981)
  • Bernard Hugo (1930-2021), French politician and member of the French Communist Party, Senator from Yvelines (1977-1986), Mayor of Trappes (1966-1996)
  • Joseph Léopold Sigisbert Hugo, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [9]
  • Pieter Hugo, South African photographer named the "Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art" in 2007
  • Victor Marie Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the Romantic movement in France
  • Captain Robert Hugo Dunlap (1920-2000), United States Marine Corps major who received the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty
  • Prof. Matthew Hugo Hotopf C.B.E. (b. 1965), British Vice Dean of Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience for King's College London, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Psychiatric Research [10]
  • Brown Hugo Payne, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1972 [11]
  • Sir Kenneth Hugo Adam OBE (1921-2016), born Klaus Hugo Adam, German-born British two-time Academy Award winning movie production designer, best known for his set designs for the James Bond films and for Dr. Strangelove
  • John Hugo Loudon (1905-1996), Dutch CEO of Royal Dutch Shell from 1951 to 1965


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/south-africa/surnames
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt
  7. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 4th February 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sultana 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1854.shtml.
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  9. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 10) Joseph Hugo. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  10. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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