Explore the Family Name Molnar

The meaning of Molnar

1. Hungarian (Molnár): occupational name from molnár ‘miller’, probably a Hungarized form of the South Slavic word for a miller, mlinar. The surname Molnár is also found in Slovakia and Romania. 2. Serbian, Croatian, Slovenian, and Rusyn: of Hungarian origin (see 1 above). 3. In some cases also an Americanized form of Dutch Molenaar ‘miller’. 4. Jewish (from Hungary; Molnár): adoption of the name in 1 above either as a Hungarian calque of the formerly used German-based surname, or because the Hungarian surname (or word) has some sounds in common with the original surname. Some characteristic forenames: Hungarian Bela, Laszlo, Ferenc, Zoltan, Imre, Arpad, Geza, Gyula, Istvan, Gabor, Janos, Miklos.

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

According to data derived from the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Molnar has seen a slight decrease in popularity within the United States between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it ranked 3848th in terms of frequency, while by 2010 it had slipped to 4131st place, marking a 7.35% drop. Despite this, the actual count of individuals carrying the name increased over this period, rising from 8478 to 8586, signifying an uptick of 1.27%.

Proportion per 100k3.142.91-7.32%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Molnar

In regards to ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census also provides some interesting shifts among those bearing the Molnar surname between 2000 and 2010. The majority identified as White, with 96.79% in 2000 and slightly less at 95.70% in 2010, showing a minor decrease of 1.13%. A noteworthy increase was observed in those identifying as Hispanic, which nearly doubled from 1.29% to 2.46%. Asian/Pacific Islander representation also saw a rise from 0.42% to 0.54%. On the other hand, there were modest reductions in those identifying as Black or belonging to two or more races, while the percentage of American Indian and Alaskan Native stayed constant.

Two or More Races1.17%0.99%-15.38%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.42%0.54%28.57%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.15%0.15%0%

Molnar 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 Molnar is Eastern European, which comprises 32.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (23.5%) and British & Irish (23.1%). Additional ancestries include Greek & Balkan, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Scandinavian.

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Eastern European32.2%
French & German23.5%
British & Irish23.1%

Possible origins of the surname Molnar

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 Molnar have recent ancestry locations spanning a few countries, mostly in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Poland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom50.90%
Greater London, United Kingdom50.90%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom50.60%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom50.60%
Lancashire, United Kingdom49.80%

What Molnar 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 Molnar is I-S17250, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-S17250 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include R-M417 and R-CTS3402, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Horvath, Varga, Toth, Nowak, Nagy, Szabo, Novak, Kovach, Kovacs, Zielinski.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Molnar surname are: H1, K1a, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

molnarPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170

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 Molnar 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.

"Molnar" Surname 49.4%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Molnar" Surname 20.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Molnar" Surname 23.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Molnar" Surname 15.6%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Molnar?

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 Molnar 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%