Explore the Family Name Eddy

The meaning of Eddy

1. Cornish: from the personal name Edy (pronounced ‘eedy’), a variant of Udy, from the Middle English personal name Ude, Udy, Latinized as Udo and Odo. It may represent Old French Eude (ancient Germanic Eudo, of uncertain etymology), whose usual Latin form is Eudo. This agrees with later evidence that the original pronunciation of the initial vowel of Udy was /y:/ (as in French tu), though in the 16th century it was sometimes unrounded to /i:/, spelled -e(e)-. It was later altered to Eddy. 2. English: variant of Eady. 3. English: perhaps from a shortened form of the Middle English personal name Edwy (Old English Ēadwīg, from ēad ‘prosperity, fortune’ + wīg ‘war’), which has not survived in that form as a surname. 4. Americanized form of Norwegian Eide.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname "Eddy" has experienced a slight decline from the year 2000 to 2010. In 2000, this surname was ranked 1710 in terms of popularity and it fell to 1858 in 2010, marking an 8.65 percent decrease in rank. Despite this drop in rank, the count of individuals with the surname Eddy actually saw a modest increase of about 0.47 percent, growing from 19,230 in 2000 to 19,321 in 2010. However, when calculated per 100,000 people, the proportion saw an 8.13 percent decrease over the decade.

20002010Change
Rank#1,710#1,858-8.65%
Count19,23019,3210.47%
Proportion per 100k7.136.55-8.13%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Eddy

Examining the ethnic identity associated with the surname Eddy, the census data shows various changes between 2000 and 2010. The percentage of individuals identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander increased by 58.54 percent, while those identifying as two or more races grew by 25 percent. The largest growth occurred among those of Hispanic ethnicity, with a 67.28 percent increase. Conversely, individuals who identified as White represented the majority of Eddys, although their percentage slightly decreased by 1.88 percent. The percentage of Black Eddys also increased slightly by 8.68 percent. Meanwhile, those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native witnessed a decline of 12.38 percent. All these shifts in representation reflect the evolving ethnic makeup of individuals carrying the Eddy surname according to the Decennial U.S. Census.

20002010Change
White92.84%91.09%-1.88%
Black2.88%3.13%8.68%
Hispanic1.62%2.71%67.28%
Two or More Races1.2%1.5%25%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.05%0.92%-12.38%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.41%0.65%58.54%

Eddy 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 Eddy is British & Irish, which comprises 51.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (25.6%) and Scandinavian (4.4%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Indigenous American, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish51.6%
French & German25.6%
Scandinavian4.4%
Other18.4%
Eddy

Possible origins of the surname Eddy

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 Eddy have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom89.40%
Greater London, United Kingdom89.40%
Merseyside, United Kingdom89.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom89.00%
West Midlands, United Kingdom88.80%

What Eddy 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 Eddy is R-P311, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P311 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and R-L21, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Barrow, Hills, Keyes, Humphries, Colvin, Sexton, Alford, Jack, Griffith, O'Neal.

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

eddyPaternal 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 Eddy 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

Eddy

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Eddy" Surname 41.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Eddy

Misophonia

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

"Eddy" Surname 32.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Eddy

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Eddy" Surname 22.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Eddy

Cat Allergy

An allergic reaction to cats, characterized by symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and difficulty breathing.

"Eddy" Surname 31.6%

23andMe Users 36.7%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Eddy?

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 Eddy 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%