This year Hugh's Name day is on 17th November 2017
Saint Hugh, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:
Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Hugh has the following symbols associated
- A swan
Historically Famous Hughs
St Hugh of Grenoble was the beloved bishop of that city, whose personal holiness was combined with a great determination to improve both the practical and devotional life of the people in his care. He was once a pupil of St Bruno, and it was he who gave Bruno and his companions the land to build the great Cistercian monastery at La Grande Chartreuse. His feast day is celebrated on April Fools' Day and his symbols in art are a branch and seven stars, lanterns or three flowers.
St Hugh of Lincoln was, despite his name, another Frenchman, born in 1135 - three years after his compatriot's death. Like many other bishops, Hugh was appointed by a king hopeful of making friends in high places; like many other kings, Henry II was disappointed. In fact, Hugh turned out to be so firm in the defence of his people against the greed and arrogance of their royal masters that he was called 'Hammerking'. He may have called himself 'peppery' but he was greatly admired for his courage in standing up to Henry II, Richard and John. Not only did he fight royal oppression but he was remarkable for his defence of the Jews in his city at a time when persecution was common. He was known as a kind and tender man with time for the poor, for playing with children and caring for the ill. He kept many pets, induding a wild swan who would bury its head in Hugh's wide sleeves and follow him everywhere about his manor, returning to the wild when Hugh was away from home