NAGY - Name Meaning and Origin

Nagy is a nickname for a large or powerful person; it's derived from the Hungarian nagy, meaning 'large.' Nagy is the most common surname in use in Hungary today and is also relatively common in Austria, Germany and the United States. The origin is Hungarian and Jewish. Alternate spellings include Naggy, Nady, Natz and Nagey.

Nagy is also a possible variation of the Indian surname Nagi.


Nagy isn't generally pronounced nay-gee as many might expect. Instead, it is pronounced /nɒɟ/, sounding roughly as 'nudyuh' or 'nahdge,' or 'nudge.' This is because there is no consonant in the English language to match the Hungarian "gy" letter.

Famous People with the Surname NAGY

  • Imre Nagy - prime minister of Hungary and leader of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
  • Christine Nagy - popular New York City radio personality
  • Charles Nagy - pitcher for the Cleveland Indians
  • Ivan Nagy - famous Hungarian-born ballet dancer

Genealogy Resources for the Surname NAGY

Nagy Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Nagy surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Nagy query.

FamilySearch - NAGY Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Nagy surname and its variations.

NAGY Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Nagy surname.

Cousin Connect - NAGY Genealogy Queries
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Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Nagy.

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