Explore the Family Name Easton

The meaning of Easton

1. English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the many places in England called Easton ‘the eastern village, estate, or manor’ (Berkshire, Cumberland, East Yorkshire, Hampshire, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Somerset, Wiltshire), as well as from Easton (Peeblesshire) or Easton near Bathgate (West Lothian) in Scotland. The name may also arise from any of the places called Easton which have different etymologies, in Devon, Essex, and Northamptonshire. Easton in Devon gets its first element from the genitive case of the Old English personal name Ælfrīc (Old English ælf ‘elf’ + rīc ‘power’) or Athelrīc (Old English athel ‘noble’ + rīc ‘power’). Easton Neston in Northamptonshire arises from Old English Ēadstānestūn ‘settlement of Ēadstān’, a personal name composed of the elements ēad ‘prosperity, riches’ + stān ‘stone’. Great and Little Easton in Essex are from the Old English personal name Æga + stān(as) ‘stone(s)’. 2. English and Scottish: topographic name from Middle English (bi) este(n) tune (Old English be ēastan tūne), denoting someone who lived at the east end of a village, or from Middle English atte(n) este(n) tune ‘at (the place to) the east of the village’, a type of formation particular to Sussex. Compare Weston, Sutton, and Outen. 3. English: from the Middle English personal name Estan (Old English Ēadstān, from ēad ‘prosperity’ + stān ‘stone’). History: Nicholas Easton (1593–1675) was a tanner by trade who emigrated from Wales to MA in 1634, bringing his two sons with him on the Mary and John. He first settled at Ipswich, and in 1638 settled at Pocasset (Portsmouth) in RI, where he was governor in 1672–4. He had nine children.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Easton has seen a slight decrease in its ranking from 2000 to 2010, moving from rank 3375 to 3477, a change of -3.02%. However, the count of people bearing this surname increased by 6.03% during the same period, from 9692 in 2000 to 10276 in 2010. Consequently, the proportion of the surname Easton per 100k also experienced a slight decrease of -3.06% over the decade.

20002010Change
Rank#3,375#3,477-3.02%
Count9,69210,2766.03%
Proportion per 100k3.593.48-3.06%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Easton

Regarding ethnicity according to the Decennial U.S. Census, the data reveals changes in the ethnic identity associated with the surname Easton between 2000 and 2010. The percentage of those identifying as White decreased slightly by 2.01%, while the Black population saw a small decline of 2.35%. However, the Hispanic population increased significantly by 61.81%, and the American Indian and Alaskan Native category rose by an impressive 71.43%. Those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and those of two or more races also saw increases in their percentages, at 2.99% and 48.52% respectively.

20002010Change
White83.51%81.83%-2.01%
Black12.33%12.04%-2.35%
Two or More Races1.69%2.51%48.52%
Hispanic1.44%2.33%61.81%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.67%0.69%2.99%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.35%0.6%71.43%

Easton 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 Easton 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 Scandinavian (4.3%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Nigerian.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish53.9%
French & German20.8%
Scandinavian4.3%
Other21.1%
Easton

Possible origins of the surname Easton

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 Easton have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom87.90%
West Midlands, United Kingdom87.60%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom87.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom87.60%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom87.20%

What Easton 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 Easton 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-P311 and R-L664, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Drake, Harrison, Luke, Davis, Cross, Ford, Humphreys, Morris, Shepard, Richards.

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

eastonPaternal 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 Easton 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

Easton

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Easton" Surname 23.8%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Easton

Misophonia

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

"Easton" Surname 29.5%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Easton

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Easton" Surname 18.2%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Easton

Migraine

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

"Easton" Surname 17.3%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Easton?

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 Easton 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%