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NAGY - Name Meaning & Origin


NAGY Surname Meaning & Origin:

Nagy is a nickname for a large or powerful person, from the Hungarian nagy, meaning 'large.' Nagy is the most common surname in use in Hungary today, and is also relatively common in Austria, Germany and the United States.

Nagy is also a possible variation of the Indian surname Nagi.

Surname Origin:

Hungarian, Jewish

Alternate Surname Spellings:


Fun Facts About the Nagy Surname:

Nagy isn't generally pronounced nay-gee as many might expect. Instead it is pronounced /nɒɟ/, sounding roughly as 'nudyuh' or 'nahdge,' or 'nudge.' This is because there is no consonant in the English language to match the Hungarian "gy" letter.

Famous People with the Surname NAGY:

  • Imre Nagy - prime minister of Hungary and leader of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
  • Christine Nagy - popular New York City radio personality
  • Charles Nagy - pitcher for the Cleveland Indians
  • Ivan Nagy - famous Hungarian-born ballet dancer

Genealogy Resources for the Surname NAGY:

Nagy Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Nagy surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Nagy query.

FamilySearch - NAGY Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Nagy surname and its variations.

NAGY Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Nagy surname.

Cousin Connect - NAGY Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Nagy, and sign up for free notification when new Nagy queries are added.

DistantCousin.com - NAGY Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Nagy.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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