The surname of Hughes is a common surname used around the world which has its origins in Welsh. The name is a patronymic surname meaning that is was passed from a male to the child and is considered to have derived from the Celtic name, O’Hay. There are also a number of variations that can be found in the spelling of the name, but irregardless on how you choose to look at it, Hughes has and still is a very common surname both in Europe as well as in the United States.
The name is so common in fact that there are thousands of famous and well known persons who have used this name in the past. In sports you have Aaron, Andrew as well as Chuck Hughes who were involved in football. Arwell Hughes was a Welsh Composer, Andy Hughes produces electronic music and Arthur Hughes could be heard on the radio in the United States. In Australia a Miss Christa Hughes was a popular singer and Dorothy B. Hughes wrote crime novels in the States. Ted Hughes as he was known was born as Edward James Hughes and was the English Poet Laureate from 1930 until 1998. In Britain there was a locomotive builder known as Henry Hughes and across the ocean in the U.S., Howard Hughes was an Aviator as well as industrialist. There have been a number of writers, poets, and more who have shared the surname of Hughes and there has been even more sports athletes who have had the name Hughes in a number of different countries.
If you ever venture down to the frigid continent of Antarctica you will find the Hughes Range and in Australia you can find a suburb in Canberra called Hughes. In the United States, Hughes is in the name of cities, counties and towns in Alaska, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, South Dakota as well as Texas.
You will also find that Howard Hugh’s Hughes Aviation is still around and there is even a Hues Helicopters too. You will also find a Hughes Electronics as well as a Hughes Communications and Hughes Software is a programming company from which you may even have a piece of their technology installed on your computer right now.
There is a lot of Hughes out there and while some may like to wish they are related in a round-a-bout way with Howard Hughes, because of the commonness of the name, unless you know for a fact there is a relationship, chances of finding a real connection will be difficult. The good news though is that while the name is fairly common, you will most likely never have to worry about losing track of your ancestry by having to deal with multiple and unrelated Hughes coming over on the same boat.
Original Authors: Nick
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 11/03/2009