Explore the Family Name Balogh

The meaning of Balogh

Hungarian: from balog ‘left-handed’, from bal ‘left’, hence a nickname for a left-handed or clumsy person. This form of the surname is also found in Slovakia and Romania. See also Balog, compare Ballog, Balok, and Balough. Some characteristic forenames: Hungarian Laszlo, Tibor, Zoltan, Bela, Karoly, Attila, Sandor, Andras, Arpad, Geza, Lajos, Balint.

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How common is the last name Balogh in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Balogh has seen a slight decrease over the past decade. In 2000, Balogh ranked 8,709th in terms of popularity and dropped to 9,433rd by 2010, marking an 8.31 percent decline. The total count of individuals with this surname also slightly decreased from 3,473 in 2000 to 3,448 in 2010, a minimal reduction of 0.72 percent. The proportion of people with this surname per 100,000 also decreased by 9.3 percent during this period.

Proportion per 100k1.291.17-9.3%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Balogh

As for the ethnic identity associated with the surname Balogh, according to the Decennial U.S. Census data, most holders of the surname identified as White, representing 94.99 percent in 2000 and 93.94 percent in 2010. There was a significant increase among those who identified as Asian/Pacific Islander, rising from 0.35 percent in 2000 to 1.19 percent in 2010, which equates to a 240 percent change. The percentage identifying as Hispanic also grew by 30.08 percent during the same period. Meanwhile, there was a slight increase in people who identified as Black, from 0.37 percent in 2000 to 0.41 percent in 2010. On the other hand, the number of people who identified as American Indian and Alaskan Native decreased by 37.84 percent, while those identifying with two or more races saw a decrease of 25.16 percent.

Asian/Pacific Islander0.35%1.19%240%
Two or More Races1.55%1.16%-25.16%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.37%0.23%-37.84%

Balogh ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Balogh is Eastern European, which comprises 37.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (21.5%) and British & Irish (17.8%). Additional ancestries include Greek & Balkan, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, Scandinavian, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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Eastern European37.2%
French & German21.5%
British & Irish17.8%

Possible origins of the surname Balogh

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Balogh have recent ancestry locations spanning a few countries, mostly in Poland, and United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland45.90%
Masovian Voivodeship, Poland45.90%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom43.40%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom43.40%
Greater London, United Kingdom43.40%

What Balogh haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Balogh is R-P312, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P312 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS3402 and I-S17250, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Koss, Molnar, Bodnar, Horvath, Grabowski, Nagy, Popov, Gregor, Szymanski, Varga.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Balogh surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

baloghPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Balogh have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Balogh" Surname 37.2%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Balogh" Surname 42.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Balogh" Surname 15.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Balogh" Surname 14.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Balogh?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Balogh are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Eastern European 60.6%

23andMe Users 57.2%