Explore the Family Name Ericson

The meaning of Ericson

1. Swedish: variant of Ericsson and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this (see also 2 below). 2. Americanized form of other Scandinavian or North German patronymics from a personal name derived from the Old Norse name Eiríkr (see Eric 1 and Erickson). Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Nils, Lars, Lennart, Erik, Anders, Erland, Eskil, Lief, Mats, Nelle, Nels, Sven.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Ericson has seen a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, the surname was ranked 5333rd most popular in the United States, but by 2010 it had slipped to 5762nd position, marking an 8.04% decrease. The number of individuals with this surname remained almost the same, with a count of 6016 in 2000 and 6014 in 2010, a negligible drop of 0.03%. As a proportion per 100,000 people, those bearing the Ericson name fell from 2.23 to 2.04, reflecting an 8.52% decrease.

Proportion per 100k2.232.04-8.52%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Ericson

In terms of ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals that the overwhelming majority of individuals with the Ericson surname identified as White, accounting for 94.70% in 2000 and slightly decreasing to 93.96% in 2010. Notable shifts were seen among other ethnic identities too. The percentage of those who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander increased from 0.58% to 0.86%, while the Hispanic representation also rose from 2.14% to 3.04%. There was a decrease in the proportion of individuals identifying as Black, down from 0.75% to 0.50%, and those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native, dropping from 0.38% to 0.33%. Those citing two or more races also decreased from 1.45% to 1.30%.

Two or More Races1.45%1.3%-10.34%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.58%0.86%48.28%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.38%0.33%-13.16%

Ericson 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 Ericson is British & Irish, which comprises 36.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Scandinavian (22.4%) and French & German (19.5%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Italian, Finnish, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish36.3%
French & German19.5%

Possible origins of the surname Ericson

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 Ericson have recent ancestry locations in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom76.70%
Merseyside, United Kingdom76.70%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom76.70%
Greater London, United Kingdom76.70%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom76.20%

What Ericson 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 Ericson is R-Z282, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z282 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include R-P312 and I-L22, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Lindberg, Lindgren, Larson, Olson, Swenson, Erickson, Engstrom, Gustafson, Monson, Lindstrom.

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

ericsonPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M420

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 Ericson 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.

"Ericson" Surname 47.5%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Ericson" Surname 24.2%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Ericson" Surname 24.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Ericson" Surname 19.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Ericson?

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 Ericson 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%