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[Ir., fire; cognate with L aedes, aestus].

The most common personal name in early Ireland; it was held by at least twenty saints and by numerous high kings and petty kings, as well as by a multitude of figures in saga and legend. Some figures are always known by the ModIr. and ScG spelling of Aodh. The name is often anglicized as Hugh, and has given rise to more than a dozen surnames: Hay, Hayes, O'Hea, Hughes, McHugh, McCue, MacKay, etc. See also ÁEDA.

Subjects: Religion.

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