Explore the Family Name Bakken

The meaning of Bakken

Norwegian: variant of Bakke, with the addition of the definite article -n. This is one of the most frequent surnames and farm names in Norway. Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Lars, Helmer, Nels, Johan, Maren, Per, Sig, Tor.

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How common is the last name Bakken in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Bakken was ranked 7,721 in popularity in 2000 and increased slightly to rank 7,870 by 2010, indicating a minor decline in its popularity (approximately 1.93%). However, the count of individuals with the Bakken surname grew from 3,972 in 2000 to 4,205 in 2010, representing an increase of 5.87%. The proportion per 100,000 people dropped marginally by -2.72% during this same period.

Proportion per 100k1.471.43-2.72%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Bakken

In terms of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals that the majority of individuals bearing the Bakken surname identified as White, accounting for 96.53% in 2000 and 95.84% in 2010. Those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic saw significant increases of 64.44% and 62.50% respectively over the decade. Meanwhile, the percentage of those identifying with two or more races also increased by 16.95%. Conversely, the percentage of individuals who identified as Black decreased by 52.50%, while those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native declined by 21.82%.

Two or More Races1.18%1.38%16.95%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.45%0.74%64.44%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.55%0.43%-21.82%

Bakken ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Bakken is Scandinavian, which comprises 39.8% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (25.0%) and French & German (18.3%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Greek & Balkan, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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British & Irish25.0%
French & German18.3%

Possible origins of the surname Bakken

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Bakken have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Norway.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom66.10%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom66.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom66.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom66.10%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom66.10%

What Bakken haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Bakken is I-Z58, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-Z58 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include I-L22 and R-M405, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Johansson, Eklund, Ellingson, Evenson, Christopherson, Nord, Knudson, Bergquist, Lindquist, Lundin.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Bakken surname are: H1, J1c, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

bakkenPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to Alexander Hamilton

Early in the morning on July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr (then Vice President of the United States) and Alexander Hamilton (founder of the U.S. Treasury) dueled on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. This marked the culmination of a bitter personal and political rivalry between the two men. Alexander Hamilton died as a result of the duel, but his intellectual legacy survives in the founding documents of the nation he helped build. A piece of his genetic legacy survives as well: in the 21st century, genealogists documented the paternal haplogroups of dozens of Hamilton's living descendants and concluded that the Founding Father's paternal haplogroup was a branch of I-DF29.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Bakken have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Bakken" Surname 40.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Bakken" Surname 32.1%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Bakken" Surname 16.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Bakken" Surname 16.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Bakken?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Bakken are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Scandinavian 62.9%

23andMe Users 57.2%