This name HUGHES was taken to Ireland by settlers and is numerous in all the provinces except Munster. It is often used as a synonym of O'hAodha. The name was originally derived from the Old German HUGO - meaning heart mind. A popular christian name after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It was a popular given name among the Normans in England, partly due to the fame of St. Hugh of Lincoln (1140-1200) who was born in Burgundy and who established the first Carthusian monastery in England. The name was also used in honour of St. Hugh of Cluny (1024-1109). Early records of the name mention Hugo of the County of Suffolk was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 1086 the compilation of the Domesday Book was ordered by William the Conqueror (1027-87), king of England from 1066. He was born in Failaise, the bastard son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, by Arlette, a tanner's daughter. On his father's death in 1035, the nobles accepted him as a duke. When Edward the Confessor, king of England died in 1066, William invaded England that Autumn, on 14th October, 1066 killing Harold (who had become King). English government under William assumed a more feudal aspect, the king's tenants-in-chief and all title to land was derived from his grants, and the Domesday Book contains details of the land settlements, and the names of the owners of such. Edde filius Hugh was documented in 1273, Wales. Thomas Hughes was recorded in the year 1327. An eminent member of the name was David Edward Hughes (1831-1900) the English inventor born in London. He was brought up in Virginia and became professor of music at Bardston College, Kentucky. In 1855 he invented a telegraph typewriter which was widely adopted. He left a large fortune to London hospitals. The associated coat of arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
Arms registered at the Ulster Office, Ireland.
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