Kállay family

Kállay family is a Hungarian noble family. The family name derived from their estates at Nagy-Kalló, in Szabolcs, and they claimed descent from the Hungarian Balogh-Semjén genus (clan), which colonized the counties of Borsod, Szabolcs, and Szatmár, at the close of the 9th century.[1] János Kállay de Nagy-Kálló was given the title Count by Hungarian Queen Maria Theresia in 1778, but the comital line became extinct.[2] Hungary's 2014 Eurovision Song Contest representative András Kállay-Saunders is a descendent of the Kállay family. He came 5th in the contest.


  1. Hugh Chisholm, The Encyclopædia britannica: a dictionary of arts, sciences, literature and general information, Volume 15, The Encyclopædia Britannica Company, 1911
  2. Magyar Kancelláriai Levéltár – Acta generalia – 1778 – N°. 1224
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