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Szabó (Hungarian: [ˈsɒboː]) is a common Hungarian surname, meaning "tailor". In 2019, it occurred in 203,126 names, making it the fourth most frequent Hungarian surname.[1]

In Czech and Slovak, a female form is Szabóová.


It is usually originated from the present participle form ("szabó") of the verb "szab", meaning to "cut cloth to size", which then became a noun denoting the occupation of a tailor.[2] It is also thought that the other meaning of the verb "kiszab", denoting the act of imposing fines, levying taxes etc. could have also led to the creation of the noun "szabó", meaning an occupation similar to a judge's or magistrate's. The existence of the two meanings could also justify why this surname could become so wide-spread.[3]

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  1. ^ "Születési családnevek 2019" (in Hungarian). Közigazgatási és Elektronikus Közszolgáltatások Központi Hivatala. Archived from the original (XLSX) on 2019-09-17. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  2. ^ Hajdú Mihály (2010). Családnevek enciklopédiája (in Hungarian). Tinta Kiadó. p. 319. ISBN 978-963-9902-30-5.
  3. ^ Hajdú Mihály (2010). Családnevek enciklopédiája (in Hungarian). Tinta Kiadó. p. 320. ISBN 978-963-9902-30-5.

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