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[hyoo or, often, yoo] /hyu or, often, yu/
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “heart, mind.”.
Can be confused
hew, hue, Hugh. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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masc. proper name, from Old North French Hugues, Old French Hue, from a Frankish name meaning "heart, mind," cf. Old High German Hugi, related to hugu "mind, soul, thought." Very popular after the Conquest (often in Latin form Hugo); the common form was Howe, the nickname form Hudd. Its popularity is attested by the more than 90 surnames formed from it, including Hughes, Howe, Hudson, Hewitt, Hutchins.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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