Explore the Family Name Eckstein

The meaning of Eckstein

1. German: from Middle High German ecke ‘corner’ + stein ‘stone, rock’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a stonemason or bricklayer, or a topographic name for someone who lived by a rocky outcrop. 2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Eckstein ‘cornerstone’ (see 1 above). Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Meyer, Zvi, Isadore, Moshe, Yehuda, Abbe, Aharon, Aron, Ayal, Chana, Emanuel, Eran.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Eckstein saw a fluctuation in popularity between 2000 and 2010. The ranking of the name dropped from 6863 to 7211, which represents a decrease of 5.07%. However, the actual count of people with this surname increased slightly from 4517 to 4628, marking an overall growth rate of 2.46%. The proportion of the population with this last name per 100,000 people declined by 5.99% over the ten-year period.

Proportion per 100k1.671.57-5.99%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Eckstein

In terms of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals that individuals with the Eckstein surname are predominantly of White ethnicity, although there have been shifts among other ethnic groups between 2000 and 2010. The proportion of people identifying as White decreased by 1.46%, while those identifying as Hispanic saw a significant increase of 80.15%. Furthermore, the proportion of individuals identifying as Black or belonging to two or more races rose by 27.45% and 22.29%, respectively. Meanwhile, the percentage of Asian/Pacific Islanders and American Indian and Alaskan Natives fell by 16.44% and 45.00% respectively.

Two or More Races1.66%2.03%22.29%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.73%0.61%-16.44%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.4%0.22%-45%

Eckstein 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 Eckstein is French & German, which comprises 31.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (25.2%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (21.2%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Nigerian.

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French & German31.0%
British & Irish25.2%
Ashkenazi Jewish21.2%

Possible origins of the surname Eckstein

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 Eckstein have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom59.80%
Greater London, United Kingdom59.80%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom59.10%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom59.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom59.10%

What Eckstein 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 Eckstein is J-Z631, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup J-Z631 is descended from haplogroup J-M304. Other common haplogroups include G-P287 and Q-L232, which are predominantly found among people with European and East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Bard, Dorn, Wieland, Wendell, Rea, Frank, Fleischer, Rosenblum, Grande, Demarco.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Eckstein surname are: H1, H, K1a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

ecksteinPaternal Haplogroup Origins J-M304

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 Eckstein 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.

"Eckstein" Surname 33.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Eckstein" Surname 28.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Eckstein" Surname 18.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Eckstein" Surname 22.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Eckstein?

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 Eckstein 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%