Explore the Family Name Eastwood

The meaning of Eastwood

1. English (mainly Yorkshire and Lancashire): habitational name from any of various places called Eastwood, such as in Keighley, Rotherham, or Todmorden (all Yorkshire), or Eastwood in Nottinghamshire. Most of these placenames come from Old English ēast ‘east’ + wudu ‘wood’, but Eastwood in Nottinghamshire originally had as its final element Old Norse thveit ‘clearing’ (see Thwaites). Compare Astwood. 2. English (Devon): from Eastwood in Peters Marland or Inwardleigh (both Devon), named with Middle English bi este wode ‘(place) to the east of the wood’. 3. Probably also an Americanized form (translation into English) of Dutch Oostwoud: habitational name from the village Oostwoud in the province of North Holland. 4. Probably also an Americanized form (translation into English) of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Ostwald.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname "Eastwood" has seen a slight decrease in popularity from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, Eastwood ranked as the 6,170th most popular surname in the United States, but by 2010 it had fallen slightly to 6,470th. However, the overall count of individuals with this surname increased by approximately 2.62% during the same time period, growing from 5,113 to 5,247. The proportion per 100,000 people also decreased slightly, going from 1.9 to 1.78.

Proportion per 100k1.91.78-6.32%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Eastwood

When considering the ethnic identity associated with the surname Eastwood, there have been some significant shifts between 2000 and 2010 according to the Decennial U.S. Census. While the majority of individuals with this surname identify as White (91.80% in 2010, down from 93.45% in 2000), there are increases in other ethnic groups. There was a notable increase in those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander (from 0.45% to 0.71%), Hispanic (from 1.47% to 2.46%) and Black (from 1.94% to 2.38%). The group identifying as two or more races also saw an increase (from 1.62% to 1.85%). The only ethnicity to see a decrease was those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native (from 1.08% to 0.80%).

Two or More Races1.62%1.85%14.2%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.08%0.8%-25.93%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.45%0.71%57.78%

Eastwood 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 Eastwood is British & Irish, which comprises 61.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (21.8%) and Eastern European (3.4%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish61.3%
French & German21.8%
Eastern European3.4%

Possible origins of the surname Eastwood

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 Eastwood have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom93.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom93.20%
Greater London, United Kingdom93.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom93.20%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom92.60%

What Eastwood 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 Eastwood is I-S2488, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-S2488 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include R-Z282 and I-P109, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Cornell, Flora, Hamlin, Hamblin, Sandberg, Monson, Iverson, Cummins, Guest, Cummings.

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

eastwoodPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170

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 Eastwood 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.

"Eastwood" Surname 42.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Eastwood" Surname 26.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Eastwood" Surname 16.7%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Eastwood" Surname 19.3%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Eastwood?

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 Eastwood 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%