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This surname is English and one of the patronymic forms of the male given name Hugh. Introduced into Britain by the Normans, after the Conquest of 1066 as "Hue" and "Hughe", perhaps surprisingly the true origin is pre 7th century Old German. It is a short form of the various compound names with the first element "hug", meaning heart or spirit. This includes such names as Hubert, from "Hugberht", heart-bright, or Hubble, from "Hugbald", heart-brave. Hugh was a popular given name among the Normans because of the fame of St. Hugh of Lincoln (1140 - 1200), who established the first Carthusian monastery in England...

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