Explore the Family Name Epperson

The meaning of Epperson

1. Altered form of French D’Épernon: topographic name shortened from the title duc d’Epernon, which refers to Épernon, a place in Eure-et-Loir, France. Compare Apperson 2 and Efferson. 2. Possibly also Scottish, Irish, or English: variant of Apperson 1. This form of the surname is virtually non-existing in Britain. History: The majority of the American bearers of the surname Epperson trace their origin to John Epperson, who arrived in North America together with his wife Elizabeth and namesake son from England in 1675, and settled in New Kent County, VA. He was reportedly a son of the French nobleman Bernard de Nogaret de La Valette, duc d’Epernon, born in 1638 on his father’s way into political exile in England. In England he adopted an altered form of his father’s title, Epperson, as a surname. John Epperson married twice: first Sara Rémon in 1656, in Jersey (Channel Islands); second, Elizabeth Beard, in 1671, in England.

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

Based on the data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Epperson has seen a slight decrease in its rank, moving from 2,681 in 2000 to 2,798 in 2010, representing a change of -4.36. However, the count of individuals with this surname has actually increased by 3.9 percent, growing from 12,400 in 2000 to 12,884 in 2010. The proportion per 100,000 people also saw a decrease of 5.0 percent, moving from 4.6 to 4.37.

Proportion per 100k4.64.37-5%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Epperson

The ethnicity breakdown for the surname Epperson, according to the Decennial U.S. Census, shows some shifts between 2000 and 2010. While the percentage of individuals identifying as White decreased slightly from 85.82 to 83.67 (-2.51), the percentage of those identifying as Hispanic saw significant growth, increasing from 1.57 to 2.61 (+66.24). Also notable is the increase in those reporting as Asian/Pacific Islander and those claiming two or more races, rising by 22.92 and 27.51 percent respectively. The Black demographic saw a modest increase of 4.97, while American Indian and Alaskan Native representation remained relatively stable with an increase of 3.36.

Two or More Races1.89%2.41%27.51%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.19%1.23%3.36%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.48%0.59%22.92%

Epperson 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 Epperson is British & Irish, which comprises 59.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (21.3%) and Scandinavian (3.1%). Additional ancestries include Nigerian, Eastern European, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean.

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British & Irish59.9%
French & German21.3%

Possible origins of the surname Epperson

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 Epperson have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom92.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom92.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom91.70%
West Midlands, United Kingdom91.70%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom91.70%

What Epperson 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 Epperson is E-V13, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup E-V13 is descended from haplogroup E-M96. Other common haplogroups include R-P312 and I-CTS616, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Babcock, Blevins, Triplett, Futrell, Gallant, Lanier, Grantham, Harbison, Etter, Stepp.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Epperson surname are: H1, H, T2b. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

eppersonPaternal Haplogroup Origins E-M96
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to early Balkan migrants

Haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a migrated in large numbers from the Balkans into Europe about 4,500 years ago, triggered by the beginning of the Balkan Bronze Age. During this migration, members of haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a mainly followed rivers connecting the southern Balkans to northern-central Europe. Technological leaps often cause lineages to grow dramatically in numbers and in geographic range. The development of Bronze technology may have given men in haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a a competitive advantage over other men, causing haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a to proliferate and become widespread.

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 Epperson 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.

"Epperson" Surname 56.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Epperson" Surname 34.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Epperson" Surname 21.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Epperson" Surname 17.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Epperson?

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 Epperson 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%