Explore the Family Name Enders

The meaning of Enders

German: from a variant of the personal name Anders, a vernacular form of Andreas.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

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

According to data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Enders has seen a mild decrease between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, the surname ranked 8615 in popularity, but by 2010, it had dropped slightly to 9114, marking a 5.79% decrease. However, the actual count of individuals with the surname Enders increased from 3516 to 3584 during this period, indicating a small growth of 1.93%. The proportion of individuals with this surname per 100k people also decreased marginally, from 1.3 in 2000 to 1.22 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k1.31.22-6.15%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Enders

As for the ethnic identity associated with the surname Enders, the majority identified as White according to the Decennial U.S. Census. While the percentage declined slightly from 95.11% in 2000 to 92.75% in 2010, it remained overwhelmingly the largest group. The second largest increase was seen among those identifying as Hispanic, which more than doubled from 1.19% in 2000 to 2.59% in 2010. Other groups such as Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, and American Indian and Alaskan Native saw modest increases in association with the surname Enders, while the most significant proportional increase was noted in those identifying with two or more races, from 1.14% in 2000 to 1.84% in 2010.

Two or More Races1.14%1.84%61.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.65%0.67%3.08%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.43%0.53%23.26%

Enders 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 Enders is French & German, which comprises 41.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (34.1%) and Eastern European (5.9%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Korean, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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French & German41.4%
British & Irish34.1%
Eastern European5.9%

Possible origins of the surname Enders

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 Enders have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom75.50%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom75.50%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom75.50%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom75.50%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom75.50%

What Enders 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 Enders 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 I-Z58 and R-Z195, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Newhouse, Bernhardt, Ernst, Marquez, Mendes, Baker, Rosa, Felix, Davila, Tanner.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Enders surname are: H1, H, J1c. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

endersPaternal 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 Enders 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.

"Enders" Surname 47.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%



Cheek Dimples

Small indentations that appear on the cheeks when a person smiles.

"Enders" Surname 40.0%

23andMe Users 37.6%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Enders" Surname 21.7%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Enders" Surname 14.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Enders?

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 Enders 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

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%