Explore the Family Name Eldred

The meaning of Eldred

English: variant of Aldred. This form of the surname is widespread in eastern England, especially in Essex.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Eldred has seen a slight decrease between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Eldred was ranked at 6873 in terms of popularity, but by 2010 it had slipped to 7275, marking a change of -5.85%. The actual count of people with the surname Eldred, however, saw a small increase of 1.57% from 4509 in 2000 to 4580 in 2010. However, the proportion per 100k people decreased by -7.19%, from 1.67 in 2000 to 1.55 in 2010.

20002010Change
Rank#6,873#7,275-5.85%
Count4,5094,5801.57%
Proportion per 100k1.671.55-7.19%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Eldred

The ethnicity associated with the Eldred surname also experienced some shifts during this same time period, according to the Decennial U.S. Census data. In 2000, the largest ethnic identity was white, accounting for 94.77% of Eldreds, which slightly decreased to 93.62% by 2010. There was significant growth within the Hispanic community, increasing by 68.42% from 1.71% in 2000 to 2.88% in 2010. Similarly, those identifying as Black also grew from 0.53% to 0.79%. Those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander remained relatively stable, while individuals reporting two or more races and American Indian and Alaskan Native both decreased slightly.

20002010Change
White94.77%93.62%-1.21%
Hispanic1.71%2.88%68.42%
Two or More Races1.75%1.55%-11.43%
Black0.53%0.79%49.06%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.8%0.7%-12.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.44%0.46%4.55%

Eldred 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 Eldred is British & Irish, which comprises 46.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (33.0%) and Scandinavian (5.0%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish46.7%
French & German33.0%
Scandinavian5.0%
Other15.2%
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Possible origins of the surname Eldred

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 Eldred have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom93.50%
Greater London, United Kingdom93.50%
Merseyside, United Kingdom93.50%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom92.70%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom92.70%

What Eldred 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 Eldred is R-S22047, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-S22047 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and R-M405, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Swindell, Eldridge, Swindle, Bertram, Carlisle, Story, Carlile, Grubb, Storey, Valentine.

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

eldredPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to King Louis XVI

The rule of France by men of the House of Bourbon began with King Henri IV in 1589 C.E. and continued until the beheading of his direct paternal descendant King Louis XVI in 1793. Several years ago, researchers analyzed a mummified head and a blood-soaked cloth that they believed might belong to the two kings, and concluded that the royal paternal line belonged to haplogroup G. In a more recent study, however, a different set of researchers tested three living men who are direct descendants of the Bourbon kings. Their efforts revealed that the male lineage of the House of Bourbon is actually a branch of haplogroup R-M405.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to the nomadic Tuareg of the Sahara

Though haplogroup H1 rarely reaches high frequencies beyond western Europe, over 60% of eastern Tuareg in Libya belong to haplogroup H1. The Tuareg call themselves the Imazghan, meaning “free people.” They are an isolated, semi-nomadic people who inhabit the West-Central Sahara and are known today for a distinctive dark blue turban worn by the men, and for their long history as gatekeepers of the desert.How did women carrying H1 make it all the way from western Europe to this isolated community? They likely migrated from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar into Morocco after the Last Ice Age, where they were assimilated into the Berbers of the Mediterranean coast. Then, about 5,000 years ago, the Sahara shifted from a period of relative habitable conditions to its dramatically arid desert environment. This shift may have caused migrations throughout the Sahara, prompting the ancient Tuaregs to meet and mingle with the Berbers, bringing H1 lineages into their population.

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What do people with the surname Eldred 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

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Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Eldred" Surname 37.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Eldred

Misophonia

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

"Eldred" Surname 15.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Eldred

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Eldred" Surname 31.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

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Migraine

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

"Eldred" Surname 16.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Eldred?

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 Eldred 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%