Explore the Family Name Escalante

The meaning of Escalante

Spanish: habitational name from a place in Santoña in Cantabria, whose name derives from escala ‘ladder’ (from Latin scala), referring to a terraced slope. Some characteristic forenames: Spanish Jose, Juan, Manuel, Jorge, Jesus, Carlos, Francisco, Pedro, Roberto, Lupe, Ernesto, Fernando.

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

Based on the data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Escalante has significantly increased from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, it was ranked as the 2365th most popular surname, whereas by 2010, it had risen to the 1736th position, making a leap of 26.6 percent. During this same period, the number of individuals bearing this surname grew by nearly 47 percent, increasing from 14,032 to 20,626. Thus, for every 100,000 people in the population, about seven were named Escalante in 2010, compared to five in 2000.

Proportion per 100k5.26.9934.42%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Escalante

In terms of ethnic identity, according to the Decennial U.S. Census data, the largest group of individuals with the surname Escalante identify as Hispanic—an overwhelming 90.24 percent as of 2010, which is a slight increase from 88.93 percent in 2000. Meanwhile, those identifying as White made up 5.48 percent in 2010, down from 6.36 percent in 2000. Individuals identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, and American Indian and Alaskan Native make up less than 3 percent combined of those with the Escalante surname, with small changes in each category over the decade. Notably, the proportion of individuals identifying with two or more races decreased by over 44 percent during this period.

Asian/Pacific Islander1.82%2.09%14.84%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.5%1.24%-17.33%
Two or More Races0.84%0.47%-44.05%

Escalante 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 Escalante is Spanish & Portuguese, which comprises 38.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Indigenous American (31.2%) and British & Irish (9.8%). Additional ancestries include French & German, Filipino & Austronesian, Italian, Scandinavian, and Senegambian & Guinean.

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Spanish & Portuguese38.7%
Indigenous American31.2%
British & Irish9.8%

Possible origins of the surname Escalante

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 Escalante have recent ancestry locations all within Mexico.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Chihuahua, Mexico63.10%
Guanajuato, Mexico63.10%
Sonora, Mexico63.10%
Sinaloa, Mexico63.10%
Puebla, Mexico63.10%

What Escalante 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 Escalante 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 Q-M3 and E-M5021, which are predominantly found among people with East Asian & Indigenous American and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mejia, Carrillo, Espinoza, Moreno, Rojas, Garcia, Alvarado, Delgado, Paredes, Ramos.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Escalante surname are: B2, H, A2. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

escalantePaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to some of the first Americans

Though the Ice Age was beginning to retreat when your A2 ancestors first entered North America, there were still massive barriers blocking their way. Glaciers and inhospitable climate covered much of the continent, blocking entry into the interior. Nonetheless, researchers have found evidence that a wave of American founders migrated over 13,000 kilometers to reach southern Chile in only 2,000 years, a blink of an eye in the story of human migration! Their highway to the south was the coast of the Pacific, stocked with fish, diverse marine mammals, and other valuable resources in the rich kelp forests of the upper latitudes and in the abundant fresh-water rivers near the equator. Because of this rapid movement south, the A2 haplogroup and its diverse branches are found throughout North and South America.

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What do people with the surname Escalante 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.

"Escalante" Surname 44.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Escalante" Surname 44.2%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Escalante" Surname 13.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Escalante" Surname 9.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Escalante?

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 Escalante 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

Spanish & Portuguese 56.3%

23andMe Users 57.2%