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Family spelling variants includes Howes, Howse, Hows, Huws, Hews, Hewes, Hughs, Haodha, Ó Haodha, Hughes, Macaodha

HUGHES Family History

Hughes is a patronymic surname that derives from the personal name 'Hugh'. The addition of 'es' and 's' to the name therefore means 'the son of Hugh'.

The popularity of the given name Hugh probably came about when the Normans introduced Hugh (which has Germanic roots) to the British Isles after 1066.

It eventually became particularly popular in Wales, firstly as a personal name, later followed – between the 16th and 19th centuries – as a surname when such patronymic names became fixed and settled in the country.

By the time of the 1881 census, the relative frequency of the surname in Wales was highest on Anglesey (37.2 times the British average), followed by Caernarfonshire, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Merioneth, Montgomeryshire, Cardiganshire, Radnorshire, Carmarthenshire and the English county of Shropshire.

The Hughes surname in Ireland

Ó hAodha - this name, which may have its origins in the word 'fire' (according to Woulfe in Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall), relates to perhaps a dozen unrelated septs (family divisions), and families thoughout Ireland. The southern anglicised form is Hayes; in the north it is anglicised uniformly as Hughes. There is probably more certainty that it derives from the first name Aodh, which was always anglicised as Hugh in Ireland. The MacAodha family of Cos Cavan and Galway may also have influenced the name's formation.

As far as the Irish Hughes families are concerned, the name is that of a sept of Ó hAodha, formerly Lords of Uí Fiachrach in Ardstraw, Co Tyrone; also of a sept of Tirconnell, chiefs of Eas Ruadh; also of a family, chiefs of Fearnmaighe in Co Monaghan. There are two families whose origin is in Meath: that of Lords of Odhbha, near modern Navan, and that of chiefs of East Teffia (Tir Teathbha). The men of Teffia feature in the inter-tribal strife of the 10th and 11th centuries recorded in the Irish Annals.

The Uí Fiachrach connection is significant, for there were two such families of Ó hAodha in Ballintobber, Co Mayo and Dromard in Co Sligo.

In Sir William Petty's 'Census' of 1659, an examination of the above counties reveals the following listed as 'Principal Irish Names':
Co Fermanagh – Parishes of Bohue Rossory, Clenish and Killasher, McHugh 19 families.
Co Monaghan – O Hugh 22 families.

By the time of Griffith's 'Valuation' of households between 1847 and 1860, the top counties for Hughes' numbers were: Armagh 538, Tyrone 349, Monaghan 292, Mayo 255 and Down 136.

The Registrar's Report on Births in 1890, feature the province of Ulster with 180 births, double that of its closest rival, Leinster, with 92.

Hughes is in the Irish top 40 surnames, and is 15th in Ulster.

John Joseph Hughes [died 1864] an Irish immigrant worker, was the first Catholic Archbishop of New York.
Phiip Hughes [born Dublin] is a 31 year old Irish soccer player, a forward.

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    My g g grand parents were Patrick Mannix and Ellen Hughes; both born in Ireland.  Their marriage license shows Patrick Hughes as Ellen's father.  They married in 1872 in Ballinrobe Parish in Co Mayo.  They migrated after their marriage (but before their daughter was born in 1877) to Liverpool.  According to the 1911 Liverpool census, Ellen bore 9 children, 6 of whom were still living.  I have only identified 7 children (2 of whom died very young) and the other 5 were on the 1891 and1901 censuses (censi?). Her brother, Michael Hughes, and his wife, Bridget, (they also married in Ballinrobe) and their son Patrick, immigrated to Liverpool before 1881 (as they are listed on that year's Liverpool Census).    Ellen was from Clooncormack (County Mayo)  I'm here in Texas and have been since 1968 (my dad was in the US Air Force and my mom is a Liverpudlian).Maybe we can find out more about the Hughes clan and share info!
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    Kyle Hughes


    I have tracked my family down to Hugh Herbert Hughes out of Leitrim County Ireland and migrated to Wallumbilla in Queensland ?


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    Adekunle Hughes

    Hello everyone I Am Adekunle Hughes a black man from Nigeria ,that as been asking where are we originated from from my dad and grandfather , all they can say is that One Philip Hughes can you Nigeria as a missionary and decide to take a wife from Nigeria so he got a Nigeria woman pregnant and took her down to , I think Wales or Irish they said . So I think they got married and have 4 children so one of the children wish is black decided to come back to his mother land and he decide to leave here , that why we are here ...but I really need to know more because I love my family Name .
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    Eilir Wales101

    Hi Adekunle. Tracing details relating to Philip Hughes could be difficult without more specific clues relating to around when he was born, or travelled to Nigeria. If he and his wife came back to Wales or the UK, and married there, then you can search for a marriage, but you would need to know his wife's name. Some missionary archives exist (the largest held by SOAS, the University of London), and you will need to search their catalogues for any potential reference to Philip. Another source to search would be passenger lists for evidence of Philip returning to the UK (available from 1878 onwards), but you will need to have an idea of around when he was in Nigeria, and/or a rough idea of when he was born.
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    Julie M Hughes

    I wish there was a way to reply to a specific comment on this post... The gentleman that mentioned his family was traced back to Upper Pig Pen in Yancy Co, NC... This is also the general area my dad and grandfather were in as well. I would love more info on your family history to see if there is relation...
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    My GRANDFATHER Richard Sims was from Hughes he had an old bond book of family history. My uncle Timothy Sims had Notebooks made for everyone but the history is amazing but it only goes back as far as 50 BCE Donegal. but it does state we are from Whales. Aunt Tony, she did a DNA and there traces of Jews decent. So I could also see where the snake comes from in the bible when that saved the life of many Israelites.
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    Please note the Hughes family surname project at Family Tree Dna. It is the only compiled and in progress compilation of hughes dna in the public realm that I know of. We are such a great family we should know as much as possible about our family lines. Mine goes back to Jeremiah Hughes Sr. b.1785 of Upper Pig Pen area of Yancey County, North Carolina, United States. My people are represented on the last lineage of the dna colorized public spreadsheet on this study.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 1 of 3) The Hughes name has a long history in Ireland and now DNA and some recorded history to the north-western area of the Emerald Island. The Hughes story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Hughes surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O)’Donnelly, McDonald, Donohue, and O’Donoghue in Ireland.
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    (Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Hughes story begins in pre-history Ireland but relatives will then move to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. A descendant and many of his kin will then move to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.
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    (Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207
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    i was told that my family crest was a snake wraped around a sword
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