Explore the Family Name Egger

The meaning of Egger

1. South German: topographic name for someone who lived on a corner (either a street corner, or the corner of a valley running around a mountain), from an altered form of Eck + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant. 2. South German (Swabia): occupational name for a farmer, from an agent derivative of eggen ‘to harrow’. 3. German and Dutch: variant of Eggert, with loss of the final -t. 4. English (London): variant of Eager. Some characteristic forenames: German Fritz, Hans, Kurt, Oskar, Erwin, Franz, Helmut, Johannes, Mathias, Otto, Siegfried, Wolfgang.

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

The surname Egger saw a slight dip in popularity based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census. In 2000, Egger ranked as the 9123rd most popular surname, but by 2010 it fell to the 9728th position, marking a 6.63% decrease. Despite this fall in rank, the actual count of individuals with the Egger surname increased marginally from 3290 in 2000 to 3334 in 2010, showing a growth of 1.34%. However, in terms of proportion per 100,000 people, the figure dropped from 1.22 to 1.13, a decrease of 7.38%.

20002010Change
Rank#9,123#9,728-6.63%
Count3,2903,3341.34%
Proportion per 100k1.221.13-7.38%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Egger

When looking at the ethnic identity of individuals with the surname Egger, again according to the Decennial U.S. Census, there were some noticeable shifts between 2000 and 2010. The majority of the Egger surname holders identify as White, although this percentage decreased slightly from 94.89% in 2000 to 93.52% in 2010. Hispanic representation within the Egger community saw an upswing of 36.25%, growing from 2.40% to 3.27%. Those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, Two or more races, and American Indian and Alaskan Native also saw increases, with the latter seeing the largest bump of 63.04%. However, those identifying as Black saw a decline of 28.36%.

20002010Change
White94.89%93.52%-1.44%
Hispanic2.4%3.27%36.25%
Two or More Races1.12%1.38%23.21%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.46%0.75%63.04%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.46%0.6%30.43%
Black0.67%0.48%-28.36%

Egger 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 Egger is British & Irish, which comprises 41.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (39.3%) and Eastern European (6.7%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Greek & Balkan.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish41.0%
French & German39.3%
Eastern European6.7%
Other13.0%
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Possible origins of the surname Egger

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 Egger have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Lancashire, United Kingdom74.00%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom74.00%
West Midlands, United Kingdom74.00%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom74.00%
Greater London, United Kingdom74.00%

What Egger 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 Egger 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-U152 and R-P312, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Diez, Merlo, Schiller, Kraemer, Lombardi, Whitman, Whiteman, Binder, Kuhn, Eaton.

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

eggerPaternal 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 Egger 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

Egger

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Egger" Surname 28.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Egger

Misophonia

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

"Egger" Surname 29.6%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Egger

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Egger" Surname 20.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Egger

Migraine

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

"Egger" Surname 9.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Egger?

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 Egger 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%