Hughes Family Crest


Hughes family crest coat of arms

Meaning of the colors on the Hughes family crest

Argent (silver) - represents the Hughes family reputation as peaceful and sincere people.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the Hughes family historic military strength when needed.

Sable (black) - symbolises constancy and the enduring nature of this family.


 Meaning of the symbols on the Hughes family crest 

The Lion - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.

The crown - signifies the authority of early Hughes family members, either in relation to royalty or societal seniority.


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Origins of the Hughes family name

The name Hughes is of Irish and Welsh origin. 
The earliest known origin of the name Hughes in Ireland is from the 12th century.
The name is derived from the Old Norse name Húgsviðr, which was a given name used by the Norsemen who settled in Ireland.
The name Hughes was first found in County Cork, where the Hughes family held a seat from ancient times.
In Wales,  The name is thought to be derived from the Welsh word "hughes" meaning "son of".
The name was first used by the Welsh nobility and later spread to other parts of Wales.

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Summary of the Hughes family and the Hughes family crest

  • The Hughes family name is thought to be of Welsh and Irish origin.
  • The first recorded use of the name Hughes was in the 12th century.
  • In Wales, the Hughes family were originally from the county of Flintshire in Wales.
  • The Hughes family name is associated with the Welsh patron saint, Saint David.
  • The Hughes family crest features a red dragon, which is the symbol of Wales.
  • In Ireland, the Hughes family were one of the tribes of the ancient kingdom of Ulster.
  • The Hughes family were allies of the Irish O'Neill clan.
  • The Hughes family were dispossessed of their lands during the Irish Rebellion of 1641.
  • The first Hughes family emigrated to America in the late 1600s, and they settled in Massachusetts. Since then, the Hughes family has spread to all corners of the United States.
  • The Hughes family name is also associated with the town of Hughes, Arkansas in the United States.