Explore the Family Name Erskine

The meaning of Erskine

Scottish: habitational name from the barony of Erskine in Renfrewshire, first recorded in 1226 in the form Erskyn. History: A family of this name have held a number of Scottish titles, including the earldoms of Mar, Buchan, Kellie, and Rosslyn.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Erskine has seen a slight decrease in rank from 6203 in 2000 to 6458 in 2010, marking a -4.11% change. However, the count of people bearing this surname has actually increased from 5079 to 5258, indicating a 3.52% growth. The proportion per 100k also slightly decreased from 1.88 to 1.78, showing a -5.32% change.

20002010Change
Rank#6,203#6,458-4.11%
Count5,0795,2583.52%
Proportion per 100k1.881.78-5.32%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Erskine

The ethnicity breakdown of the surname Erskine according to the Decennial U.S. Census highlights interesting changes between 2000 and 2010. While the percentage of individuals identifying as White decreased from 84.49% to 81.38%, there was a significant increase in Asian/Pacific Islander representation from 0.32% to 0.65%. There was also an increase in those identifying with two or more races from 1.52% to 2.32%. Hispanic representation also rose from 2.19% to 3.33%. The count of Black individuals with the surname Erskine saw a moderate increase from 10.81% to 11.81%. On the other hand, the American Indian and Alaskan Native group experienced a decline from 0.69% to 0.51%.

20002010Change
White84.49%81.38%-3.68%
Black10.81%11.81%9.25%
Hispanic2.19%3.33%52.05%
Two or More Races1.52%2.32%52.63%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.32%0.65%103.12%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.69%0.51%-26.09%

Erskine 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 Erskine is British & Irish, which comprises 53.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (20.6%) and Eastern European (5.5%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Scandinavian, Nigerian, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish53.4%
French & German20.6%
Eastern European5.5%
Other20.5%
Erskine

Possible origins of the surname Erskine

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 Erskine have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom88.00%
Greater London, United Kingdom88.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom88.00%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom87.30%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom86.60%

What Erskine 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 Erskine is R-CTS2501, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS2501 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and R-P311, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Fee, Council, Humphries, Browning, Sanderson, Marlowe, Major, Davies, Janes, Lloyd.

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

erskinePaternal 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 Erskine 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

Erskine

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Erskine" Surname 34.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Erskine

Misophonia

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

"Erskine" Surname 27.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Erskine

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Erskine" Surname 26.7%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Erskine

Migraine

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

"Erskine" Surname 23.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Erskine?

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 Erskine 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%