Explore the Family Name Bohannon

The meaning of Bohannon

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhachanáin, a double diminutive of buadhach ‘victorious’. The surname is also Anglicized Bohan.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

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

According to the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Bohannon has seen a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Bohannon was ranked 3450 in terms of commonality, but by 2010, it had slipped to 3677, marking a 6.58% decrease. However, the actual count of individuals with the Bohannon surname increased from 9473 to 9663 over this period, reflecting a growth of 2.01%. Despite this increase, the proportion per 100,000 people dropped from 3.51 to 3.28, a decrease of 6.55%.

20002010Change
Rank#3,450#3,677-6.58%
Count9,4739,6632.01%
Proportion per 100k3.513.28-6.55%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Bohannon

On the subject of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals some shifts within the Bohannon community. The largest ethnic group continues to be White, although their representation declined slightly from 82.82% in 2000 to 80.59% in 2010. Significant growth was observed amongst Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander identities, increasing by 68.66% and 64.00% respectively. The percentage of individuals identifying as Black also rose by 5.79%, while those reporting two or more races increased by 15.03%. The American Indian and Alaskan Native representation grew by 25.86%, albeit from a smaller base.

20002010Change
White82.82%80.59%-2.69%
Black13.47%14.25%5.79%
Hispanic1.34%2.26%68.66%
Two or More Races1.53%1.76%15.03%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.58%0.73%25.86%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.25%0.41%64%

Bohannon 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 Bohannon is British & Irish, which comprises 59.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (21.9%) and Italian (3.0%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, Nigerian, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish59.3%
French & German21.9%
Italian3.0%
Other15.7%
Bohannon

Possible origins of the surname Bohannon

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 Bohannon have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom87.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom87.00%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom87.00%
Greater London, United Kingdom87.00%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom87.00%

What Bohannon 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 Bohannon is R-S691, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-S691 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-DF101 and I-M170, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mcgregor, Buchanan, Weems, Mccaslin, Macgregor, Arnett, Cordell, Alexander, Jeffries, Peden.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Bohannon surname are: K1a, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

bohannonPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

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 Bohannon 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

Bohannon

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Bohannon" Surname 53.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Bohannon

Misophonia

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

"Bohannon" Surname 20.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Bohannon

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Bohannon" Surname 18.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Bohannon

Migraine

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

"Bohannon" Surname 17.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Bohannon?

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 Bohannon 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%