Kovács (Ковач) is a surname that means "forger" or "smith" in the Hungarian language, from the Slavonic Kovaè. The Hungarian equivalent to the English surname Smith, Kovács is the second most common surname in Hungary.
Kovacs is the second most common Hungarian surname according to surname distribution data from Forebears.
Surname Origin: Hungarian, Slavic
Alternate Surname Spellings: KOVATS, KOVAC, KOVAT, KOVATS, KOVACH, KOWAL, KOVAL
Fun Facts About the Kovács Surname
The Kovacs surname most commonly originates from Hungary, although this is not always the case. Similar surnames include Kovach (Carpatho-Ruthenian), Kowal (Poland) and Koval (Ukraine). The singular Kovac may be the original surname, an adaptation of Kovacs, or a shortened version of a longer name such as Dukovac. These are all just general guidelines, however. The specific surname variation used by your family may also be something as simple as a spelling change and have nothing to do with its original origin.
Famous People With the Surname
- Ernie Kovacs, popular American television comedian
- László Kovács, legendary cinematographer
- Tom Kovach, American author and activist
- Luca Kovač, a fictional character (doctor) portrayed by Goran Višnjić on the American television series ER
Kovacs/Kovats FamilyTree DNA Project
This Y-DNA project is open to all individuals with the surnames Kovacs, Kovats, or any derivative such as Kovaks, Kovak, Kovac, Kohen, Kohan, Kohn, Kovan, etc., of any ethnic or religious background.
Kovacs Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Kovacs family crest or coat of arms for the Kovacs 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.
Kovács Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Kovács surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Kovács query.
The Kovacs Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the popular last name Kovacs from the website of Genealogy Today.
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