Meaning uncertain. One theory suggests Ossetian roots with the meaning "son of the herder", derived from from Ossetian дзуг (dzug) meaning "herd, flock, troop". Alternately, it could be derived from Kabardian дзыгъуэ (ʒəġ°ă) meaning "mouse" or дзыгъуэшхуэ (ʒəġ°ăšx°ă) "rat", from an Old Georgian word meaning "steel", another word meaning "garbage", or from the name of the village of ჯუღაანი (Jughani) in eastern Georgia. The most notable bearer was Joseph Stalin (1878-1953), born Ioseb Jughashvili, a Soviet political revolutionary and the Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941-1953.

Other Forms: Dzhugashvili, Jugashvili, Djugashvili

- http://forebears.io/surnames/jugashvili
- https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Джугашвили (in Russian)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_life_of_Joseph_Stalin#Name_and_aliases (in English)
- https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/შვილი#Georgian (in English)
- https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ჯუღაშვილი#Georgian (in English)
- https://glosbe.com/os/en/дзуг (in English)
- https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/дзыгъуэ (in English)
- https://kabard_cherk.academic.ru/3845/дзыгъуэшхуэ (in Russian)
- https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/сталь (in English)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jughaani (in English)
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Besarion_Jughashvili (in English)

(Information from name #213530 originally submitted by user highexpectasians)

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