The Hungarian name Nagy is a nickname for a large or powerful person, from the Hungarian term nagy meaning “big.” It may refer to the elder of two brothers or to a large man. The name is first recorded in Hungarian documents in 1449. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1889 when Stephan Nagy applied for naturalization in Alleghany County Pennsylvania. Today there are more than 15,000 bearers of the name Nagy living in the United States. A notable bearer of the name was Antal Budai Nagy who was a petty nobleman from Kolozs County, Transylvania, and led the first major peasant revolt in medieval Hungary in 1437.