Explore the Family Name Coen

The meaning of Coen

1. Irish (Galway and Mayo): variant of Cowan, or an alternative Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cúáin or Ó Cadhain (see Coyne). 2. Dutch and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Koen.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Coen has experienced shifts in its popularity in the United States between the years 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was the 7271st most popular surname, but by 2010 its rank decreased slightly to 7554th, representing a 3.89% drop. Despite this, the actual count of individuals with the Coen surname increased from 4,228 in 2000 to 4,400 in 2010, a growth of 4.07%. However, the proportion per 100,000 people decreased by 5.1%.

Proportion per 100k1.571.49-5.1%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Coen

In terms of ethnicity, the Census data indicates that there have been some changes in the ethnic identity associated with the Coen surname from 2000 to 2010. The predominant ethnicity remained White, although it saw a slight decrease from 95.01% to 91.80%. Meanwhile, the Hispanic representation almost doubled, increasing by 107.96% from 2.01% to 4.18%. The Asian/Pacific Islander category saw a substantial increase of 75%, while those identifying as two or more races increased by 15.95%. The Black category and the American Indian and Alaskan Native category also saw increases, by 48.84% and 47.50% respectively.

Two or More Races1.63%1.89%15.95%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.52%0.91%75%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.4%0.59%47.5%

Coen 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 Coen is British & Irish, which comprises 53.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (20.8%) and Spanish & Portuguese (5.7%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, Scandinavian, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish53.9%
French & German20.8%
Spanish & Portuguese5.7%

Possible origins of the surname Coen

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 Coen have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom84.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom84.10%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom84.10%
Merseyside, United Kingdom84.10%
Lancashire, United Kingdom84.10%

What Coen 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 Coen is R-DF95, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-DF95 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-M222 and IJ-M429, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Olds, Lunsford, Snead, Elmer, Mcfadden, Quinn, Magee, Moran, Eagan, Maloy.

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

coenPaternal 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 Coen 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.

"Coen" Surname 52.5%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Coen" Surname 21.6%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Coen" Surname 20.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Coen" Surname 13.6%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Coen?

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 Coen 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%