Explore the Family Name De Vries

The meaning of De Vries

Dutch: ethnic name for someone from Friesland, formed with the definite article de and thus meaning ‘the Frisian’. This is one of the most common surnames in the Netherlands. It was assumed under the French government of Napoleon in 1811 by many inhabitants of Friesland and also by many (Ashkenazic) Jews. It is also established in South Africa. Compare De Fries and Fries, and also Defrees 1.

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How common is the last name De Vries in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname De Vries has experienced changes in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, De Vries was ranked as the 2567th most popular surname in the United States and rose slightly to be the 2649th most popular by 2010, indicating a decrease in rank by 3.19%. Yet, the total count of the De Vries surname increased from 12,958 to 13,600, marking an increase of 4.95%. The proportion per 100,000 people dropped from 4.8 to 4.61, signifying a decrease of 3.96%.

Proportion per 100k4.84.61-3.96%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name De Vries

In terms of ethnicity, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census provides some insight into the ethnic identity associated with the surname De Vries. In both 2000 and 2010, the majority of individuals with this surname identified as White, although this percentage decreased slightly from 96.49% to 94.81%. While still relatively small proportions, the percentages of those identifying as Hispanic, Black, American Indian and Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Two or more races all increased over the decade. The largest increase was seen in the Black category, which saw a 68.75% rise, followed by the American Indian and Alaskan Native at 58.82%, and Hispanic category at 55.07%.

Two or More Races0.96%1.42%47.92%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.68%0.82%20.59%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.17%0.27%58.82%

De Vries 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 De Vries is French & German, which comprises 43.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (20.0%) and Scandinavian (11.4%). Additional ancestries include Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, Eastern European, Indigenous American, and Italian.

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French & German43.6%
British & Irish20.0%
De Vries

Possible origins of the surname De Vries

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 De Vries have recent ancestry locations spanning a few countries, mostly in the Netherlands, and Germany.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
North Holland, Netherlands59.40%
South Holland, Netherlands59.40%
North Rhine Westphalia, Germany56.20%
Friesland, Netherlands56.20%
Gelderland, Netherlands54.70%

What De Vries 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 De Vries is O-F2415, which is predominantly found among people with East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry. Haplogroup O-F2415 is descended from haplogroup O-M1359. Other common haplogroups include E-M183 and O-F2859, which are predominantly found among people with European and East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry.

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

de-vriesPaternal Haplogroup Origins O-M1359
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to the Cham

One of the many populations harboring members of haplogroup O1b1a1a1a1 is the Cham ethnic group, a group of people who speak Austronesian languages in Mainland Southeast Asia. Austronesian languages make up a language family that is extremely large and widespread, comprising over 350 million people on islands such as Madagascar, Easter Island, and many others. However, Austronesian languages are less common on mainland Asia, with a notable exception being the Chamic language. Research suggests that ancestors of the Cham people migrated from Southeast Asian islands to the mainland around the year 500 BCE, and that early Cham populations quickly began mixing with indigenous southern Vietnamese populations. As a result, the Chamic language now has words that were borrowed from languages spoken by indigenous Vietnamese people. It is likely that an ancestral Kinh population was one of the populations that mixed with the Cham people shortly after their migration to mainland Asia.

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 De Vries 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.


De Vries

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"De Vries" Surname 62.5%

23andMe Users 41.3%


De Vries


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

"De Vries" Surname 36.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%


De Vries

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"De Vries" Surname 20.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%


De Vries


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

"De Vries" Surname 15.6%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name De Vries?

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 De Vries 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

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%