Magyar Family History

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Magyar Name Meaning

Hungarian: ethnic name from the vocabulary word magyar ‘Hungarian’. The name was most often given to Hungarians who lived in nationally mixed rural areas, for example Transylvania. The ethnic name originates from the ancient Megyer tribe, one of the most powerful Hungarian clans which occupied the Carpathian basin in late Roman times. The Magyar people came originally from the Urals, but between the 5th and 9th centuries they lived in the north Caucasus and were closely associated with the Turkic peoples there. They were forced to migrate westward and settled in their present territory at the end of the 9th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Magar, Madar, Mager, Nagar, Magnan, Magda, Hayer, Masur, Maya, Mayer

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Magyar Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Magyar. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Baltic States


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Magyar Family Origin

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Magyar Family Occupations

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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Magyar ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

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Magyar Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Magyar. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Magyar census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Magyar. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Magyar. For the veterans among your Magyar ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Magyar Life Expectancy

What is the average Magyar lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Magyar life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Magyar in 1944 was 66, and 73 in 2004.

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