Explore the Family Name Eckert

The meaning of Eckert

German: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements agi ‘point, edge (of a sword)’ + hard ‘hardy, brave, strong’. Compare Ackert and Eckerd.

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

Based on the data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname "Eckert" has seen a slight shift in popularity over the years. In the year 2000, it was ranked as the 1925th most popular surname in the United States. However, by 2010 it had dropped to 2093rd in popularity, a decrease of 8.73%. Despite this drop in ranking, the actual count of individuals with the surname Eckert increased marginally from 17,161 in 2000 to 17,269 in 2010, reflecting a growth rate of 0.63%. The proportion per 100,000 people also decreased by 8.02% from 6.36 to 5.85 during this same period.

20002010Change
Rank#1,925#2,093-8.73%
Count17,16117,2690.63%
Proportion per 100k6.365.85-8.02%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Eckert

The ethnic identity distribution of the surname Eckert also saw shifts between 2000 and 2010 as detailed in the Decennial U.S. Census. The percentage of those identifying as White decreased slightly from 96.43% to 95.33%, a change of -1.14%. Those identifying as Asian or Pacific Islander increased by 54.55%, from 0.44% to 0.68%. Individuals of Hispanic ethnicity also saw an increase, going from 1.4% to 2.09%, a substantial rise of 49.29%. The percentage of those identifying with two or more ethnicities rose by 20.91%, from 1.1% to 1.33%. However, the proportions of individuals identifying as Black and American Indian or Alaskan Native both saw decreases, with changes of -14.81% and -5.56% respectively.

20002010Change
White96.43%95.33%-1.14%
Hispanic1.4%2.09%49.29%
Two or More Races1.1%1.33%20.91%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.44%0.68%54.55%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.36%0.34%-5.56%
Black0.27%0.23%-14.81%

Eckert 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 Eckert is French & German, which comprises 38.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (35.6%) and Eastern European (7.8%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
French & German38.6%
British & Irish35.6%
Eastern European7.8%
Other17.9%
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Possible origins of the surname Eckert

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 Eckert have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom75.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom75.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom75.10%
Merseyside, United Kingdom74.90%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom74.70%

What Eckert 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 Eckert is R-U152, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-U152 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and R-P311, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Weber, Knight, Shaffer, Bowers, Hartman, Meier, Schafer, Miller, Wagner, Zimmerman.

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

eckertPaternal 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 Eckert 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

Eckert

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Eckert" Surname 41.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Eckert

Misophonia

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

"Eckert" Surname 27.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Eckert

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Eckert" Surname 17.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Eckert

Migraine

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

"Eckert" Surname 17.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Eckert?

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 Eckert 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%