Explore the Family Name Cloud

The meaning of Cloud

1. English: topographic name for someone who lived near an outcrop or hill, from Old English clūd ‘rock’ (only later used to denote vapor formations in the sky), or a habitational name from any of numerous places so named, such as Temple Cloud (Somerset), Cloud Bridge (Warwickshire), and Clouds Wood (Hertfordshire). 2. Native American: translation into English (and shortening) of a personal name based on a word, such as Lakota and Dakota Sioux mahpiya, meaning ‘cloud’. Among the Sioux, several of their traditional personal names with this element were adopted as surnames (translated into English), e.g. Iron Cloud (see Ironcloud) and Red Cloud (see Redcloud). 3. French: from the ancient Germanic personal name Hlodald, composed of the elements hlōd ‘famous, clear’ + wald ‘rule’, which was borne by a Christian saint and bishop of the 6th century.

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

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Cloud witnessed a slight decrease in rank from 2377 in 2000 to 2478 in 2010, marking a change of -4.25%. However, the count of people with the surname Cloud increased by 4.08% during this decade, rising from 13,985 in 2000 to 14,555 in 2010. This resulted in a minor reduction in proportion per 100k, from 5.18 in 2000 to 4.93 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k5.184.93-4.83%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Cloud

In terms of ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals some interesting shifts among those bearing the surname Cloud between 2000 and 2010. The percentage identifying as White decreased slightly from 71.42% to 68.82%, while those identifying as Black saw a marginal increase from 16.52% to 17.24%. A significant rise was observed in individuals identifying as Hispanic, from 1.91% in 2000 to 3.22% in 2010. The representation of Asian/Pacific Islander and those with two or more races also saw increases, while American Indian and Alaskan Native representation dipped slightly.

American Indian and Alaskan Native7.01%6.85%-2.28%
Two or More Races2.75%3.41%24%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.4%0.47%17.5%

Cloud 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 Cloud is British & Irish, which comprises 55.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (20.8%) and Eastern European (3.2%). Additional ancestries include Indigenous American, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, Nigerian, and Italian.

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British & Irish55.2%
French & German20.8%
Eastern European3.2%

Possible origins of the surname Cloud

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 Cloud have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom84.10%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom84.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom84.10%
Merseyside, United Kingdom84.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom84.10%

What Cloud 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 Cloud 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-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Crenshaw, Westfall, Wilbur, Bales, Wilber, Logue, Bunnell, Morehouse, Ashmore, Blood.

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

cloudPaternal 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 Cloud 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.

"Cloud" Surname 44.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Cloud" Surname 28.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Cloud" Surname 24.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Cloud" Surname 17.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Cloud?

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 Cloud 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%