Most Common Hungarian Surnames

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.

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    Edmond O'Ryan
    April 25, 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,


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    March 17, 2015

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

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