Explore the Family Name Varga

The meaning of Varga

1. Hungarian: occupational name from varga ‘cobbler, shoemaker’. This surname is also found in Romania, Slovakia, Czechia, Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia, and also among Rusyns (e.g. in Serbia). Compare Vargo and Fargo, see also 2 below. 2. Slovak, Ukrainian, and Rusyn: from varga ‘muzzle, lips’ or ‘thick lip’, applied as a descriptive nickname. Compare Polish Warga, see also 1 above. 3. Spanish: habitational name from Varga in Salamanca or a topographic name, see Vargas. Compare Barga. Some characteristic forenames: Hungarian Zoltan, Gyula, Laszlo, Tibor, Imre, Jozsef, Endre, Istvan, Karoly, Sandor, Csaba, Janos.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname "Varga" experienced a slight decrease from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, it was ranked as the 5423rd most common surname, but by 2010, it dropped to the 5608th position, marking a change of -3.41%. However, the actual count of individuals with the Varga surname increased by 4.89%, up from 5912 in 2000 to 6201 in 2010. The proportion per 100,000 people also decreased slightly from 2.19 to 2.1, representing a change of -4.11%.

Proportion per 100k2.192.1-4.11%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Varga

When considering ethnicity, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census highlights some shifts between 2000 and 2010. The largest ethnic group among those with the Varga surname remained consistent, with White individuals comprising 90.05% in 2000 and increasing slightly to 90.45% in 2010. The percentage of individuals identifying as Hispanic saw an increase of 11.03%, rising from 6.80% to 7.55%. There was also a small increase within the Asian/Pacific Islander category, which went up by 10.53% to 0.84%. Conversely, significant decreases were observed among those identifying with two or more races and Black individuals, with changes of -56.16% and -31.82% respectively. The American Indian and Alaskan Native category remained nearly steady, showing only a minor decrease of -7.14%.

Two or More Races2.03%0.89%-56.16%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.76%0.84%10.53%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.14%0.13%-7.14%

Varga 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 Varga is Eastern European, which comprises 39.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (18.6%) and French & German (18.2%). Additional ancestries include Greek & Balkan, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Scandinavian.

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Eastern European39.2%
British & Irish18.6%
French & German18.2%

Possible origins of the surname Varga

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 Varga have recent ancestry locations spanning a few countries, mostly in Poland, and Hungary.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland43.00%
Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland42.60%
Masovian Voivodeship, Poland41.70%
Budapest, Hungary39.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom39.10%

What Varga 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 Varga 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: Szabo, Nagy, Molnar, Toth, Horvath, Novak, Kowalski, Farkas, Ivanov, Nowak.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Varga surname are: H1, J1c, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

vargaPaternal 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 Varga 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.

"Varga" Surname 44.4%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Varga" Surname 36.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Varga" Surname 23.3%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Varga" Surname 13.3%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Varga?

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 Varga 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%