June 29, 2016
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Hungarian Sirnames, just like in other countries, often refer to a profession such as Smith, Tailor or Miller. But in Hungary it is also common to have countries as a surname for example Német (German), Horváth (Croat) or Tóth (Slovak) which obviously comes from the former great Hungary when parts of surrounding countries belonged to Hungary. Below you can find a list of the 20 most common Surnames in Hungary which make a total of 21% of the population (arround 2 million in total) that is approximately the size of Budapest. So here we go.

  1. Nagy
    Meaning “Large” or “Tall” and approximately 240.000 people have this surname in Hungary
  2. Kovács
    Meanting “Smith” around 220.000 people have that name
  3. Tóth
    Meaning “Slovak” with approximately 215.000 people
  4. Szabó
    Meaning “Tailor” with 210.000 people
  5. Horváth
    Meaning “Croat” with 200.000 people
  6. Varga
    Meaning “Shoemaker” with 140.000 people
  7. Kiss
    Meaning “little” with 130.000 people
  8. Molnár
    Meaning “Miller” with 110.000 people
  9. Németh
    Meaning “German” with 92.000 people
  10. Farkas
    Meaning “Wolf” with 83.000 people
  11. Balogh
    Meaning “Left-handed” with 80.000 people
  12. Papp
    Meaning “priest” with 53.000 people
  13. Takács
    Meaning “Weaver” with 52.500 people
  14. Juhász
    Meaning “Shepherd” with 51.000 people
  15. Lakatos
    Meaning “Locksmith” with 46.000 people
  16. Mészáros
    Meaning “butcher” with 40.500 people
  17. Oláh
    Meaning “Vlach/Romanic” with 38.000 people
  18. Simon
    Just like Simon, also a given name with 38.000 people
  19. Rácz
    Meaning “Serb” with 35.000 people
  20. Fekete
    Meaning “black” with 35.000 people

So these are the 20 most common surnames in Hungary and the chances that you meant somebody with one of the names is quite high since they represent one fifth of the entire population. For Hungarian given names check out the calendar of Hungarian Name Days which is a very popular celebration in Hungary.

7 Comments

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    Edmond O'Ryan
    25th April 2013

    I am trying to discover what my great-grandmother’s maiden name may have been. She was born in Hungary in 1866. American records mostly giver her maiden name as “Bayshower”, although one gives “Becraver”.

    Thank you,

    Ed

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    rick
    17th March 2015

    Hungrian origin of bezelitch? or bezelech? how to correctly spell bezelich. please advise and help.

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      Karl
      10th April 2016

      Looks like a slavic Name bezelič, ič names are all slavic and most commonly found in the former jugoslavia but also commonly found in slovakia. Maybe that will help

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    Brittney
    4th May 2015

    I am looking for any Relatives from Budapest my moms dad’s name was George Gerenser and hes from there I was wondering is there is anyone out there with the same last name that I can connect with?

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    Rebekkah
    2nd June 2015

    Just curious, is Stultz a Hungarian surname?? My dad swears up and down it’s Hungarian but whenever I do a web search it comes up with only German origins…

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      Karl
      10th April 2016

      Its german but it could be from hungary as many hungarians have typical german surnames.

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    Ruperto
    7th September 2015

    I am trying to find out an exchange student of 15 years ago that was from Budapest Hungary and came to the United States {Kansas) to work and attend college, her first name was Edina and her last time I still have trouble completing her actual name. (Which is similar to “Rozsahegyi} but not completely sure… I know she has since married as this would be her maiden name, if you have any Information my family is trying desperately to reach out to her, Thank you, Ruperto Aguirre silverfoxuno@hotmail.com

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