Humanities › History & Culture SZABO Surname Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print An elderly tailor at work. Getty / Cheryl Chan History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated March 02, 2019 Szabó is a common Hungarian occupational surname meaning "tailor," or "one who cuts or metes out." Surname Origin: Hungarian Alternate Surname Spellings: SABO, ZABO Fun Fact About the Szabo Surname Up until about the 17th century, Zabo was the most common spelling of the Szabo surname. Famous People With the Surname SZABO Laszlo Szabo - Hungarian chess grandmasterViolette Szabo (nee Bushnell) - decorated WWII female spyEcaterina Szabo - Romanian Olympic gymnastZachariah Szabo - American figure skaterDezső Szabó - Hungarian writer Where Do People With the SZABO Surname Live? According to surname distribution data from Forebears, the Szabo surname is by far the most prevalent in Hungary, where it ranks 3rd in the nation. It is also common in Slovakia, ranking 8th, followed by Romania (139th) and Austria (212th). Data from WorldNames PublicProfiler also identifies Szabó as most prevalent in Hungary, by far, particularly in the Pest region. Genealogy Resources for the Surname SZABO Szabo Surname ProjectLearn about the Szabo DNA Surname Project at Family Tree DNA. Szabo Family Crest - It's Not What You ThinkContrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Szabo family crest or coat of arms for the Szabo surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. SZABO Family Genealogy ForumThis free message board is focused on descendants of Szabo ancestors around the world. FamilySearch - SZABO GenealogyAccess over 1.9 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Szabo surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. SZABO Surname Mailing ListThis free RootsWeb mailing list for researchers of the Szabo surname and its variations includes subscription details and searchable archives of past messages. The Szabo Genealogy and Family Tree PageBrowse family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the last name Szabo from the website of Genealogy Today. References Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.