Explore the Family Name Bohn

The meaning of Bohn

1. German: from a short form of the personal name Urban or Alban, altered by folk etymology as if from the German word Bohn ‘bean’. 2. German: metonymic occupational name for a grower of beans, from Middle High German, Middle Low German bōne ‘bean’. Beans were a staple food in the Middle Ages, especially the broad bean, Vicia faba. The green bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, was not introduced from South America until the late 16th century. 3. English variant of Boon.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Bohn in the United States has seen a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. From ranking at 3,477 in 2000, it fell to 3,822 in 2010, marking a decrease of 9.92%. The count of individuals carrying the Bohn surname also experienced a minor drop from 9,397 in 2000 to 9,272 in 2010, indicating a dip of 1.33%. Furthermore, when looking at the proportion per 100k, it decreased from 3.48 in 2000 to 3.14 in 2010, reducing by 9.77%.

Proportion per 100k3.483.14-9.77%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Bohn

Discussing the ethnic identity associated with the surname Bohn, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals that the majority of individuals with this surname identify as White. In 2000, approximately 95.80% identified as White which slightly decreased to 94.80% by 2010. During the same period, those identifying as Hispanic saw an increase from 1.77% to 2.38%, while those identifying as Black increased from 0.27% to 0.40%. Additionally, individuals who identified as Asian/Pacific Islander rose from 0.56% to 0.69%, and those who identified with two or more races increased from 1.11% to 1.21%. Lastly, the American Indian and Alaskan Native group saw a small increase from 0.50% in 2000 to 0.52% in 2010.

Two or More Races1.11%1.21%9.01%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.56%0.69%23.21%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.5%0.52%4%

Bohn 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 Bohn is British & Irish, which comprises 36.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (35.6%) and Eastern European (8.0%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish36.9%
French & German35.6%
Eastern European8.0%

Possible origins of the surname Bohn

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 Bohn have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom77.30%
Merseyside, United Kingdom77.30%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom77.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom77.30%
Lancashire, United Kingdom76.50%

What Bohn 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 Bohn is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L1029 and E-V13, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Hammer, Muller, Mueller, Hofmann, Schmidt, Kaiser, Winter, Frederick, Bach, Madsen.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Bohn surname are: H1c, H1, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

bohnPaternal 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 Bohn 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.

"Bohn" Surname 41.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Bohn" Surname 26.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Bohn" Surname 14.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Bohn" Surname 22.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Bohn?

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 Bohn 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%