Explore the Family Name Edelstein

The meaning of Edelstein

Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Edelstein ‘gem, precious stone’. Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Emanuel, Hyman, Shmuel, Chaim, Chanie, Gitty, Hershel, Isadore, Liba, Meyer.

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

According to data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Edelstein has slightly decreased over the decade from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, it held a rank of 9987 and a count of 2980, which dropped to a rank of 10912 and a count of 2917 in 2010. This represents a decline of 9.26% in rank and a slight decrease of 2.11% in the number of individuals with the surname. The proportion of the surname Edelstein per 100k also experienced a decrease of 10%, moving from 1.1 in 2000 to 0.99 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k1.10.99-10%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Edelstein

The Decennial U.S. Census data on ethnicity shows some shifts in the ethnic identity of those bearing the surname Edelstein between 2000 and 2010. While the majority of individuals identified as White, decreasing slightly from 96.61% to 95.61%, there was a significant increase in the percentage identifying as Hispanic, moving from 1.17% to 2.26%. The percentage identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander also increased, albeit more modestly, from 0.60% to 0.86%. Meanwhile, the percentage of individuals identifying as two or more races decreased significantly from 1.21% to 0.69%. There were no individuals identifying as Black or American Indian and Alaskan Native in either year.

Asian/Pacific Islander0.6%0.86%43.33%
Two or More Races1.21%0.69%-42.98%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0%0%0%

Edelstein 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 Edelstein is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 64.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (14.9%) and French & German (9.2%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Scandinavian, and Indigenous American.

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Ashkenazi Jewish64.7%
British & Irish14.9%
French & German9.2%

Possible origins of the surname Edelstein

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 Edelstein have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom37.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom37.10%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom36.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom36.00%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom36.00%

What Edelstein 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 Edelstein is J-CTS5368, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup J-CTS5368 is descended from haplogroup J-M304. Other common haplogroups include E-M34 and R-M512, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Caplan, Meltzer, Gutman, Press, Lazarus, Lieberman, Spector, Hollander, Ibrahim, Schwartz.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Edelstein surname are: H1, H, K1a1b1a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

edelsteinPaternal Haplogroup Origins J-M304
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to men who spread the Semitic languages

Men carrying the J-M267 lineage took part in many waves of migrations over the millennia, and domesticated animals and plants weren't the only things they carried. They may also have been among the communities that spread the Semitic languages, a diverse group that bloomed from a single proto-Semitic tongue in the Levant nearly 5,750 years ago. These men likely carried branches of both haplogroup J and of the Semitic language family through the Arabian Peninsula to the Horn of Africa. Still later, some J-M267-bearing men re-expanded from the Arabian Peninsula back through the Middle East and across North Africa in migrations associated with the emergence and spread of Islam.

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 Edelstein 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.

"Edelstein" Surname 48.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




An intense fear of heights that goes beyond the concern many people feel around significant heights.

"Edelstein" Surname 17.9%

23andMe Users 16.7%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Edelstein" Surname 12.2%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Edelstein" Surname 18.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Edelstein?

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 Edelstein 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

Ashkenazi Jewish 57.0%

23andMe Users 57.2%