Explore the Family Name Horvath

The meaning of Horvath

1. Hungarian (Horváth): ethnic name for a Croat (in particular a Croatian refugee from the Turks, i.e. the Ottoman Empire), from an old spelling of Hungarian Horvát, itself from Croatian Hrvat. This could also be a nickname for a Hungarian who lived in Croatia, who had dealings with Croatia, or who often traveled there (from 1091 to 1526 the present-day Croatia was under Hungarian rule). The surname in the form Horváth is also very frequent in Slovakia and Czechia (see Charvat). See also Horvat, compare Horwath. 2. Jewish (from Hungary; Horváth): adoption of the Hungarian surname in 1 above because it has some sounds in common with the original surname such as, presumably, Horowitz. Some characteristic forenames: Hungarian Laszlo, Zoltan, Tibor, Sandor, Geza, Bela, Lajos, Kalman, Imre, Istvan, Attila, Gyula.

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

According to data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Horvath saw a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it ranked as the 2147th most popular surname, but by 2010, it had dropped to the 2379th spot, reflecting a decrease of 10.81%. The total count of people with the Horvath surname also fell by 1.52%, going from 15,538 in 2000 to 15,302 in 2010. This decrease led to a reduction in the proportion of individuals with this surname per 100,000 people, moving from 5.76 in 2000 to 5.19 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k5.765.19-9.9%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Horvath

The Decennial U.S. Census data reveals a shift in the ethnic identity associated with the Horvath surname between 2000 and 2010. While the majority of individuals with this name identified as White in both years (96.76% in 2000 and 95.14% in 2010), there was a small decrease of 1.67%. However, there were notable increases in other ethnic identities. The percentage of Horvaths identifying as Hispanic grew by 74.66%, Asians/Pacific Islanders increased by 56.10%, and those identifying as Black rose by 62.50%. Meanwhile, the percentage of individuals identifying with two or more races went up by 16.67%. Conversely, there was a drop of 18.18% among those who identified as American Indian and Alaskan Native.

Two or More Races1.02%1.19%16.67%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.41%0.64%56.1%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.11%0.09%-18.18%

Horvath 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 Horvath is Eastern European, which comprises 27.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (25.8%) and British & Irish (24.2%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Greek & Balkan, Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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Eastern European27.9%
French & German25.8%
British & Irish24.2%

Possible origins of the surname Horvath

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 Horvath have recent ancestry locations spanning a few countries, mostly in United Kingdom, and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom52.30%
Greater London, United Kingdom52.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom52.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom52.10%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom51.60%

What Horvath 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 Horvath is R-CTS3402, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS3402 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include I-S17250 and R-U152, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Toth, Nagy, Szabo, Molnar, Novak, Varga, Urban, Kovacs, Ivanov, Schuster.

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

horvathPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M420

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 Horvath 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.

"Horvath" Surname 42.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Horvath" Surname 23.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Horvath" Surname 22.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Horvath" Surname 17.2%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Horvath?

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 Horvath 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%