Explore the Family Name Emmons

The meaning of Emmons

1. English: variant either of Hemmings, Edmonds (see especially Edmond 2), or Emans. 2. Altered form of French Émond (see Emond).

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Emmons has seen a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. Ranked as the 2,518th most popular surname in 2000, it dropped to the 2,673rd spot by 2010, marking a decline of 6.16%. However, the overall count of individuals carrying the Emmons moniker increased during these years. In 2000, there were 13,162 individuals with this surname, which rose to 13,493 by 2010, an increase of 2.51%. Consequently, the proportion of Emmons per 100k people saw a decrease of 6.35% during the same period.

20002010Change
Rank#2,518#2,673-6.16%
Count13,16213,4932.51%
Proportion per 100k4.884.57-6.35%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Emmons

Regarding the ethnic identity associated with the Emmons surname, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census reveals some interesting shifts between 2000 and 2010. The majority of individuals with this surname identified as White in both years, although the percentage decreased slightly from 92.91% in 2000 to 91.71% in 2010. During the same decade, the proportion of Emmons identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, Two or more races, Hispanic, and American Indian and Alaskan Native all increased, with the latter seeing the largest growth at 55.88%. On the other hand, the percentage of Emmons identifying as Black slightly declined by 3.14%.

20002010Change
White92.91%91.71%-1.29%
Black3.18%3.08%-3.14%
Hispanic1.57%2.06%31.21%
Two or More Races1.44%1.97%36.81%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.55%0.64%16.36%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.34%0.53%55.88%

Emmons 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 Emmons is British & Irish, which comprises 51.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (28.1%) and Eastern European (4.1%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Indigenous American, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish51.2%
French & German28.1%
Eastern European4.1%
Other16.7%
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Possible origins of the surname Emmons

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 Emmons have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom91.10%
Merseyside, United Kingdom91.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom90.80%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom90.80%
West Midlands, United Kingdom90.10%

What Emmons 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 Emmons is R-U152, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-U152 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-Z278 and I-Z2535, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Funk, Garland, Brink, Bradshaw, Rowley, Kauffman, Hoskins, Landers, Millard, Ackerman.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Emmons surname are: H1, H, H3. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

emmonsPaternal 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 Emmons 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

Emmons

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Emmons" Surname 43.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Emmons

Misophonia

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

"Emmons" Surname 24.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Emmons

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Emmons" Surname 22.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Emmons

Migraine

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

"Emmons" Surname 16.7%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Emmons?

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 Emmons 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%