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Hugh or Hugo?

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Ophelia55 · 06/06/2023 17:35

I love both, and was originally keen on Hugh until I chatted to a close friend: a Hugh who wishes he was Hugo. Apparently his name is frequently misheard (Hugh/You/who).

Hugo does feel a little more bouncy and current (even though it dates back to mediaeval times). Which do you prefer?

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WhisperingAutistic · 06/06/2023 17:37

Much prefer Hugo

RangleDrang · 06/06/2023 17:37

Honestly? Neither. Both sound like insufferable posh twot names.

Throwawayme · 06/06/2023 17:38

Crumbs, neither really. Maybe because the nickname for Hugh in Scotland is Shug for some reason. I guess I prefer Hugo at a push.

rosiegoodwin5432 · 06/06/2023 17:44

Definitely prefer Hugo!

Thingsthatgo · 06/06/2023 17:54

I love Hugh! So much more elegant than Hugo (which imo on a par with Boris).

MrsLiam · 06/06/2023 18:02

I like Hugh. He sounds like a solid, dependable chap you'd get round to help you with some odd jobs. Hugo sounds like a posh twat.

ourflagmeansdeath · 06/06/2023 18:18

Hugo. Hugh seems more like a sound than a name to me

StopFeckingFaffing · 06/06/2023 18:21

I much prefer Hugh - to me it is more solid, trustworthy and less pretentious than Hugo

DuchessOfSausage · 06/06/2023 19:59

Hugo seems a but trendy. Hugo is the 45th most popular boy's name in England & Wales.

LiquoriceAllsorts2 · 06/06/2023 20:15

I prefer Hugo.

Ivalueloyaltyaboveallelse · 06/06/2023 20:16

I like Hugh or Hughie

NuffSaidSam · 06/06/2023 20:17

I don't like either, but Hugo is the better choice imo.

Hugh just sounds like a noise. You could call siblings Humph and Hmm.

MidsummerNightsDream · 06/06/2023 20:18

Hugh, definitely

IWonderWhereThatDishDidGo · 06/06/2023 20:19

I like both, but see your point about Hugh wishing he was Hugo... I'd probably prefer to be called Hugo thinking about it. It is more well used these days which can be a positive or negative obviously

Minikievs · 06/06/2023 20:20

Throwawayme · 06/06/2023 17:38

Crumbs, neither really. Maybe because the nickname for Hugh in Scotland is Shug for some reason. I guess I prefer Hugo at a push.

Is it??? Shuggie Bain is one of my favourite books (best reads??? Maybe that's a better description) and I never knew it was a nickname for Hugh! Every day is a school day

OP I prefer Hugo if I had to choose but neither of them are great name IMO

CuteCillian · 06/06/2023 20:20

I like both (which I realise is not very helpful).

PickledScrump · 06/06/2023 20:23

Hugo. Hugh just conjures images of some dirty old man

BriarHare · 06/06/2023 20:24

I know a Hugh and a Hugo.

Love both but Hugo is best.

IamnotwhouthinkIam · 06/06/2023 22:54

Hugh for me by far. Yes, there is the "you" thing, but Hugh has a nicer sound, and is more classic feeling imo.

I guess it depends on whether you want a trendy name or not? Or do you want to be slightly ahead of the trend?

Basically Hugo is trendy now (as part of the "O" ending boys trend) but was considered "posh boy" by many people until it became popular, as it wasn't used often apart from in the upper class set until more recently. Impossible to guess whether it will stay popular now or be more of a fad.

Where as Hugh was consistently used/fairly popular statistically until the 60's or so and thus will very likely make a comeback - just like similar "classic" but slightly "Dad/Grandad "feeling names like Francis, Walter, Eric, Stanley, Leonard, Albert etc have (all names like Hugh that were in the top 100 till around the 60's but are either back again now or on their way there).

elderflowerandpomelo · 06/06/2023 23:02

Hugo sounds like a posh twit. It’s a name that will always peg the owner (like Gideon or Rupert). Avoid!!

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DramaAlpaca · 06/06/2023 23:51

Hugh, by far. Good, solid, dependable name. I've never met a Hugh I didn't like.

Hugo, on the other hand, sounds pretentious.

continentallentil · 07/06/2023 00:00

I like Hugh of the two

Ophelia55 · 07/06/2023 15:56

Goodness me, I am so surprised at all the class anxiety here! Especially for a name that’s in the top 50: it can’t be both popular/commonly used and upper class/pretentious, can it?! My grandfather was Hugo, and he was the loveliest, kindest man. Perhaps because of the family connection I don’t see it as trendy at all. (Plus, It’s a very old name).

Anyhow, I’m a little put off by the feedback, so perhaps I’ll go back to the drawing board. Thanks for the comments!

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shoopshoopdedoo · 07/06/2023 16:06

Not especially keen on either but, of the two, definitely prefer Hugh. I meet so many baby/toddler Hugos, and am also put off by the “posh” association!

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