Kovacs or Kovács, or in its Slavic variant spelling Kovač, is a common family name. (There are similar names with the Kováts and Kovách form with the same origin.) Kovács means smith in the Hungarian language; the word came from Slavonic Kovač, and has the same meaning in some Slavic languages.
The name translates to the English name Smith. There are 221,687 people in Hungary who are called Kovács, making the name the second most common family name among Hungarians.
- Ágnes Kovács (born 1981), Hungarian swimmer
- Bill Kovacs (1949–2006), American pioneer of commercial computer animation technology
- Dan Kovacs (born 1970), American world champion powerlifter
- Edit Kovács (born 1954), Hungarian fencer
- Ella Kovacs (born 1964), Romanian athlete
- Ernie Kovacs (1919–1962), American entertainer from the early days of television
- Ervin Kováts (1927–2012) Hungarian born Swiss chemist known for the Kovats retention index
- Frank Kovacs (1919–1990), American tennis player in the 1940s
- Fred Kovacs, American soccer player
- Gábor Kovács (financier) (born 1957), Hungarian financier, banker, art collector, philanthropist and founder of KOGART
- Greg Kovacs (born 1968), American bodybuilder
- Iván Kovács (born 1970), Hungarian fencer
- János Kovács (born 1985), Hungarian footballer
- Joe Kovacs (born 1967), American Puppeteer
- Kálmán Kovács (doctor), Hungarian-Canadian doctor and researcher
- Kálmán Kovács (born 1965), Hungarian football (soccer) player
- Katalin Kovács (born 1976), Hungarian canoer
- László Kovács (politician) (born 1939), Hungarian politician and diplomat
- László Kovács (cinematographer) (1933–2007), Hungarian-American cinematographer
- László Kovács (actor) (born 1978), Peruvian actor
- Magda Kósáné Kovács (born 1940), Hungarian politician and Member of the European Parliament
- Pál Kovács (1912–1995), Hungarian fencer
- Péter Kovács (footballer) (born 1978), Hungarian footballer
- Richard Kovacs (1885–1950), physician
- Rita Kovács, Hungarian swimmer
- Sándor J. Kovács (born 1947), Hungarian-American cardiologist
- Ştefan Kovacs (1920–1995), Romanian former football manager
- Viktor Kovács (born 1973), Hungarian track and field athlete
- George Kovács (born 1956), Founder Ping Kwon Do
- Zsófia Kovács (born 1988), a Hungarian triathlete
- Takeshi Kovacs, a fictional character in three books by Richard Morgan
- Walter Kovacs, the identity of the character Rorschach, in the DC Comic series Watchmen
- Kirilli Kovacs, a character in Darren Shan's series, The Demonata.
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... Kovács was honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards from Camerimage (1998), WorldFest (1999), and the American Society of Cinematographers (2002) ... In addition, Kovács received an Excellence in Cinematography Award from the 1999 Hawaii International Film Festival and a Hollywood Film Award at the 2001 Hollywood Film Festival ...
... Game play involved three contestants answering questions in 90-second rounds, timed with a large hourglass ... The program, produced and distributed by the network, aired on most DuMont affiliates on Fridays at 1030 pm Eastern Time, replacing Gamble on Love which was also hosted by Kovacs in the same time slot ...
... After DUB magazine, Kovacs has branched out in the urban car scene market with a design for custom wheels that seem to spin when a car is stopped and die-cast toy cars that are sold at Wal-Mart, Toys "R" Us and other chain stores ... MTV uses him to produce its MTV Cribs show when it features celebrities' cars ...
... At Abel, Kovacs (along with Roy Hall and others) developed the company's animation software ... Kovacs used this software, with others in the film Tron ...