The name is famously connected with Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Great American Novel has led Huck to be seen solely as a nickname for Huckleberry, which means 'sweet berry'. But, surely, Huck can be used as a standalone name, right?
Well, country singer Brad Paisley and his wife thought not. They named their son William Huckleberry, who now goes by Huck. Novelist Steve Amick and his wife had a different stance on the name, calling their son Huck Lightning.
Further evidence provided by G.J. Huck shows that his surname was used centuries ago, as far back as 1298, as a first name. There is a theory that Huck derived from hugu, meaning intelligence, thought and spirit in Old High German.
But many won't be convinced. For some, Huck will always be a nickname. So if you want the name but want to stay away from Huckleberry, why not try Hucke, meaning 'load' in Middle High German. The extra vowel at the end makes it seem complete. Perhaps Huckfeld, Huckle, Huckelby or Hucksen can be considered more 'real' names. Other alternatives include Hauke and Haike. There is always the option of going for Huxley and its similar sounding nickname of Hux.
If Chuck can make the transition from nickname to fully fledged name, can Huck?