Explore the Family Name Easterling

The meaning of Easterling

1. Americanized form of North German Oesterling or Dutch Oosterling (see Osterling), cognates of 2 below. 2. English: from Middle English ester(n) ‘pertaining to the east, eastern’ + the suffix -ling. The name was originally used to denote someone from eastern Germany or the Baltic coasts and was in use in England as early as 1253.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Easterling experienced a slight increase in popularity between 2000 and 2010. The rank of the surname rose from 4227 in 2000 to 4201 in 2010, indicating a change of 0.62%. Similarly, the count of individuals with this surname increased from 7761 in 2000 to 8433 in 2010, which shows an increase of 8.66%. However, the proportion of Easterlings per 100k people dropped slightly by 0.69% over the same period.

20002010Change
Rank#4,227#4,2010.62%
Count7,7618,4338.66%
Proportion per 100k2.882.86-0.69%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Easterling

The ethnic identity associated with the surname Easterling also saw changes between 2000 and 2010 as depicted in the Decennial U.S. Census data. Individuals identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, Two or more races, Hispanic, Black, and American Indian and Alaskan Native all experienced increases in their respective percentages, with the Hispanic group seeing the most significant growth at 50%. In contrast, the percentage of White individuals bearing the surname Easterling decreased from 70.45% in 2000 to 68.41% in 2010.

20002010Change
White70.45%68.41%-2.9%
Black26.36%27.17%3.07%
Two or More Races1.47%2%36.05%
Hispanic0.9%1.35%50%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.48%0.62%29.17%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.34%0.45%32.35%

Easterling 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 Easterling is British & Irish, which comprises 62.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (19.9%) and Nigerian (3.2%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Scandinavian, Italian, and Angolan & Congolese.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish62.2%
French & German19.9%
Nigerian3.2%
Other14.7%
Easterling

Possible origins of the surname Easterling

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 Easterling have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom89.30%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom89.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom89.30%
West Midlands, United Kingdom88.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom88.60%

What Easterling 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 Easterling is R-L165, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-L165 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L51 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Broussard, Hubbell, Beall, Arsenault, Buie, Frith, Brunson, Bronson, Macleod, Mcleod.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Easterling surname are: H1, H, T2b. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

easterlingPaternal 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 Easterling 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

Easterling

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Easterling" Surname 34.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Easterling

Misophonia

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

"Easterling" Surname 28.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Easterling

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Easterling" Surname 27.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Easterling

Migraine

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

"Easterling" Surname 21.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Easterling?

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 Easterling 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%