Feb 11, 2022

What People, Places, and Things Are Named Hugo?

Where does the name Hugo come from? Is it popular? Who and what bear the name?

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What People, Places, and Things Are Named Hugo?

Here at Hugo, we help make meetings more pleasant and productive. But we’re not the only Hugo out there.

Other famous Hugos include: 

  • Hugo’s Portland 
  • Victor Hugo
  • Hurricane Hugo
  • Hugo, the website building framework 
  • Hugo, MN
  • Hugo (2011)
  • The Hugo Award

In honor of all the Hugos that came before us, this article is dedicated to the name Hugo itself.

Where does the name Hugo come from?

Hugo is a surname and masculine given name of Germanic origin Hugo, meaning "mind". The English version of the name is Hugh, the Italian version is Ugo.

Popular Hugos in fiction

In the final Harry Potter novel, Ron and Hermione have a son and name him Hugo Granger-Weasley.

Hugo Strange is one of Batman’s first recurring supervillians.

The full name of Hurley, a main character in the television series Lost, is Hugo "Hurley" Reyes.

Hugo is a massive wrestler from the Street Fighter franchise who makes his first appearance in Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact.

Real-life Hugos 

Hugo Boss, one of the world’s largest German clothing companies.

Hugo Chavez is the late president of Venezuela.

US Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black served from 1937 to 1971.

Hugo Gernsback is the early sci-fi writer whose name is memorialized in the annual Hugo Awards.

Popularity of Hugo

As a name, Hugo is very popular in the U.K. and many European countries, including Spain, France, and Sweden. In fact, in 2018, Hugo was the most popular name given to newborn boys in Spain.

In 2020, Hugo was 44th most popular boy’s name in Australia but was only the 424th most popular boy’s name in the United States.


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