Explore the Family Name Esteves

The meaning of Esteves

1. Portuguese: patronymic from the personal name Estévão, from Latin Stephanus (see Steven). 2. Galician: variant of Estévez (see Estevez). Some characteristic forenames: Spanish Manuel, Jose, Carlos, Sergio, Eduardo, Francisco, Jorge, Luis, Mario, Angel, Cesar, Fernando. Portuguese Joao, Joaquim, Ilidio, Ligia, Marcio, Paulo.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Esteves saw an increase in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Esteves was ranked at 9272, but by 2010 it had moved up to 8439 in the rankings, marking an impressive 8.98% rise. The absolute count of individuals bearing this surname also grew from 3231 in 2000 to 3913 in 2010, reflecting a robust 21.11% growth rate. Consequently, the proportion of people named Esteves per 100k rose by 10.83%, moving from 1.2 to 1.33.

Proportion per 100k1.21.3310.83%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Esteves

The ethnic identity associated with the surname Esteves has been diverse and dynamic over the years, as demonstrated by Decennial U.S. Census data. Between 2000 and 2010, there was an increase in those identifying as Hispanic, up by 7.19% from 46.30% to 49.63%. Those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander also saw a slight rise of 3.34%, moving from 5.69% in 2000 to 5.88% in 2010. On the other hand, those reporting their ethnicity as White decreased slightly by 3.12%, from 43.24% to 41.89%. The largest percentage decrease was seen among those identifying with Two or more races, down by 66.53% from 2.51% to 0.84%. Small decreases were also seen among those identifying as Black (down 21.35%) and American Indian and Alaskan Native (down 23.53%).

Asian/Pacific Islander5.69%5.88%3.34%
Two or More Races2.51%0.84%-66.53%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.34%0.26%-23.53%

Esteves 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 Esteves is Spanish & Portuguese, which comprises 59.1% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Indigenous American (8.7%) and British & Irish (7.5%). Additional ancestries include French & German, Italian, Filipino & Austronesian, Nigerian, and Eastern European.

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Spanish & Portuguese59.1%
Indigenous American8.7%
British & Irish7.5%

Possible origins of the surname Esteves

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 Esteves have recent ancestry locations in Portugal and Spain.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Azores, Portugal46.00%
Lisbon, Portugal46.00%
Madeira, Portugal46.00%
Leiria District, Portugal42.90%
Porto District, Portugal42.90%

What Esteves 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 Esteves is R-Z195, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z195 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include I-DF29 and G-CTS2488, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mattos, Millan, Peter, Oppenheimer, Orange, Embrey, Embree, Ordaz, Elswick, Elston.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Esteves surname are: H1, H, A2. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

estevesPaternal 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 Esteves 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.

"Esteves" Surname 47.2%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Esteves" Surname 30.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Esteves" Surname 23.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Esteves" Surname 15.2%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Esteves?

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 Esteves 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%