Explore the Family Name Engelhardt

The meaning of Engelhardt

German: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements engel (see Engel) + hard ‘brave, hardy, strong’. Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Almut, Armin, Gerhard, Otto, Claus, Dieter, Erwin, Gunther, Hans, Heinrich, Heinz.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Engelhardt has seen minor changes between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Engelhardt was ranked at 6494 in terms of popularity, and by 2010, it had dropped slightly to a rank of 6842, indicating a decrease of 5.36%. Despite this drop in rank, the number of individuals with the Engelhardt surname actually increased from 4821 in 2000 to 4924 in 2010, a growth of 2.14%. However, when considering the proportion per 100k people, there was a decrease from 1.79 in 2000 to 1.67 in 2010, marking a decline of 6.7%.

Proportion per 100k1.791.67-6.7%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Engelhardt

In terms of ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals that the Engelhardt surname is most commonly associated with individuals identifying as White, with 96.04% in 2000 and 95.51% in 2010. During this decade, there were slight increases in the proportions of individuals with Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Black ethnic identities. The percentage of Engelhardt individuals identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander increased by 25%, from 0.60% to 0.75%, while those identifying as Hispanic saw a rise of 23.42%, from 1.58% to 1.95%. There was also a 44.44% increase in individuals identifying as Black, although the overall percentage remains low at 0.39% in 2010. Conversely, the surname saw a decrease among individuals identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native, from 0.27% to 0.18%, and those identifying with two or more races, from 1.24% to 1.22%.

Two or More Races1.24%1.22%-1.61%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.6%0.75%25%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.27%0.18%-33.33%

Engelhardt 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 Engelhardt is French & German, which comprises 36.1% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (30.4%) and Eastern European (10.6%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Chinese.

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French & German36.1%
British & Irish30.4%
Eastern European10.6%

Possible origins of the surname Engelhardt

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 Engelhardt have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom66.40%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom66.40%
Greater London, United Kingdom66.40%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom66.40%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom66.40%

What Engelhardt 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 Engelhardt is I-L460, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-L460 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include R-Z9 and R-U152, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Grose, Geisler, Bergmann, Bury, Koller, Strom, Rick, Thies, Schiller, Goebel.

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

engelhardtPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170

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 Engelhardt 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.

"Engelhardt" Surname 34.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Engelhardt" Surname 22.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Engelhardt" Surname 19.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Engelhardt" Surname 19.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Engelhardt?

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 Engelhardt 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%