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Haug is a surname which appears most commonly in Germany and Norway. The Norwegian name Haug derives the old Norse word haugr which can be translated to mean hill, knoll, or mound. The German surname Haug has a different etymology, probably short form of names beginning with Hug- "intelligence, understanding, spirit" (cf. Hugo, Hugbert, etc.). Other derivatives include Haugan, Hauge, Haugedal, Haugen and Haugland, all of which are common Norwegian surnames. The surname Haug is shared by several notable people: