Explore the Family Name Szabo

The meaning of Szabo

1. Hungarian (Szabó): occupational name for a tailor, szabó. Compare Sabo. 2. Jewish (from Hungary; Szabó): 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 Zoltan, Laszlo, Bela, Imre, Sandor, Tibor, Istvan, Lajos, Andras, Gabor, Jozsef, Antal.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Szabo has seen minor overall changes between 2000 and 2010. In terms of rank, it dropped from 4278 in 2000 to 4619 in 2010, a decrease of nearly 8 percent. However, the count or the number of people carrying the surname Szabo saw a negligible increase of 0.08 percent from 7672 in 2000 to 7678 in 2010. The proportion per 100k people also decreased from 2.84 in 2000 to 2.6 in 2010, signaling a drop of about 8.45 percent.

Proportion per 100k2.842.6-8.45%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Szabo

Looking at the ethnicity distribution for the surname Szabo, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows that the majority of individuals with this surname identify as White, accounting for 95.5 percent in 2000 and 95 percent in 2010, showing only a slight decrease of 0.52 percent over the decade. There was a significant increase in the percentage of individuals identifying as Black, from 0.13 percent in 2000 to 0.30 percent in 2010, marking an increase of 130.77 percent. Meanwhile, those identifying as Hispanic increased by 40.41 percent, while Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native categories witnessed growths of 26 percent and 17.65 percent respectively. On the other hand, there was a decrease of 33.90 percent in the number of people identifying as belonging to two or more races.

Two or More Races1.77%1.17%-33.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.5%0.63%26%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.17%0.2%17.65%

Szabo 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 Szabo is Eastern European, which comprises 34.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (22.0%) and British & Irish (16.7%). Additional ancestries include Greek & Balkan, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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Eastern European34.6%
French & German22.0%
British & Irish16.7%

Possible origins of the surname Szabo

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 Szabo have recent ancestry locations spanning a few countries, mostly in Poland, and United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland41.90%
Masovian Voivodeship, Poland40.40%
Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland39.80%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom38.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom38.60%

What Szabo 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 Szabo 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-L48, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Nagy, Varga, Toth, Novak, Kowalski, Horvath, Kovacs, Schuster, Schultz, Urban.

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

szaboPaternal 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 Szabo 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.

"Szabo" Surname 48.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Szabo" Surname 24.4%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Szabo" Surname 19.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Szabo" Surname 14.6%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Szabo?

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 Szabo 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%