Explore the Family Name Blood

The meaning of Blood

1. English: occupational name for a blood-letter, based on the Middle English verb bloden ‘to let blood’. The usual Middle English terms for this occupation were bloodletter or blooder. 2. English: possibly also a nickname from Middle English blode ‘blood’, used as an oath (short for God’s blood) but also as a term of address for a blood relative, as in: ‘Now beth nought wroth, my blode, my nece’ (Chaucer). It could also mean ‘child, near relative’ and ‘someone as dear to one as one’s own offspring’. 3. Irish (of English origin): According to MacLysaght, the Irish family of this name came to Ireland (Clare) in the 16th century from Derbyshire, where they were originally called by the Welsh surname ap Llwyd (see Lloyd), but the Welsh origin is dubious, and it is more likely that the surname is derived from 1 or 2 above.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname 'Blood' saw a slight decrease between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, 'Blood' was ranked as the 5640th most popular surname, but by 2010, it had fallen to 5964th place, representing a change of -5.74%. Despite this drop in rank, the actual count of individuals with this surname rose from 5646 to 5770 during the same period, indicating a growth of 2.2%. However, the proportion per 100,000 people decreased by -6.22%, suggesting that while the absolute numbers increased, the relative popularity among other surnames has slightly reduced.

20002010Change
Rank#5,640#5,964-5.74%
Count5,6465,7702.2%
Proportion per 100k2.091.96-6.22%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Blood

In terms of ethnic identity, the 'Blood' surname in the United States is predominantly associated with White ethnicity, based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census. In 2000, 94.56% of the people with this last name identified as White, and although this percentage declined slightly to 93.62% in 2010, it remained significantly high. The data also reports increases in those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, Two or more races, Hispanic and Black. Interestingly, the largest percentage increase was seen within the Hispanic community, which grew by 82.47%. However, the percentage of those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native decreased by 35.92% over the same period.

20002010Change
White94.56%93.62%-0.99%
Two or More Races1.58%1.77%12.03%
Hispanic0.97%1.77%82.47%
Black1.61%1.77%9.94%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.03%0.66%-35.92%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.25%0.42%68%

Blood 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 Blood is British & Irish, which comprises 52.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (24.4%) and Scandinavian (4.9%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Korean, and Nigerian.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish52.5%
French & German24.4%
Scandinavian4.9%
Other18.1%
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Possible origins of the surname Blood

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 Blood have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom86.30%
Lancashire, United Kingdom86.30%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom86.30%
Greater London, United Kingdom86.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom86.30%

What Blood 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 Blood is R-Z159, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z159 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L48 and R-S661, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Wilbur, Logue, Bales, Westfall, Crenshaw, Bunnell, Work, Elrod, Cloud, Hulsey.

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

bloodPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to King Louis XVI

The rule of France by men of the House of Bourbon began with King Henri IV in 1589 C.E. and continued until the beheading of his direct paternal descendant King Louis XVI in 1793. Several years ago, researchers analyzed a mummified head and a blood-soaked cloth that they believed might belong to the two kings, and concluded that the royal paternal line belonged to haplogroup G. In a more recent study, however, a different set of researchers tested three living men who are direct descendants of the Bourbon kings. Their efforts revealed that the male lineage of the House of Bourbon is actually a branch of haplogroup R-M405.

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 Blood 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.

Preferences

Blood

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Blood" Surname 49.2%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

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Misophonia

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

"Blood" Surname 29.4%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Blood

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Blood" Surname 13.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

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Migraine

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

"Blood" Surname 16.2%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Blood?

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 Blood 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

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%