Explore the Family Name Ettinger

The meaning of Ettinger

1. German and Swiss German: habitational name for someone from any of several places in southern Germany, France, or Switzerland named Etting, Ettingen, Öttingen, or Oettingen (compare Oettinger). 2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from the city of Öttingen in Bavaria (Germany); compare 1 above. History: This is one of the old Ashkenazic surnames. In Eastern Europe, it was used by rabbinical families well before the mass adoption of surnames by local Jews at the turn of the 19th century.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Ettinger experienced a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it ranked 12,175th in terms of prevalence, but by 2010, it had slipped to 13,042nd, marking a 7.12% decrease in rank. Despite this, the actual count of individuals with the Ettinger surname saw a minor increase over the same period, going from 2,346 to 2,354, an uptick of 0.34%. The proportion of people bearing this surname per 100,000 individuals also decreased slightly from 0.87 to 0.8, showing a drop of 8.05%.

Proportion per 100k0.870.8-8.05%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Ettinger

The Decennial U.S. Census data also provides an insight into the ethnic identity associated with the surname Ettinger. Predominantly, individuals with this surname identified as White, accounting for 96.08% in 2000 and 94.6% in 2010, reflecting a minor decrease of 1.54% over the decade. The data indicates an upward trend for those identifying as Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander, surging by 70.59% and 46.67% respectively, albeit starting from low bases. Those identifying with two or more races also saw a slight increase from 1.66% to 1.70%. However, there were no individuals who identified as Black or American Indian and Alaskan Native in either year.

Two or More Races1.66%1.7%2.41%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.9%1.32%46.67%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0%0%0%

Ettinger 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 Ettinger is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 35.1% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (28.6%) and French & German (20.6%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Eastern European, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Chinese.

Ready to learn more about your ancestry? Get the most comprehensive ancestry breakdown on the market by taking our DNA test. Shop 23andMe

Ashkenazi Jewish35.1%
British & Irish28.6%
French & German20.6%

Possible origins of the surname Ettinger

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 Ettinger have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom64.90%
Merseyside, United Kingdom64.90%
Greater London, United Kingdom64.90%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom64.90%
West Midlands, United Kingdom64.90%

What Ettinger 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 Ettinger is O-F2415, which is predominantly found among people with East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry. Haplogroup O-F2415 is descended from haplogroup O-M1359. Other common haplogroups include E-M183 and O-F2859, which are predominantly found among people with European and East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry.

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

ettingerPaternal Haplogroup Origins O-M1359
Paternal Haplo Image

Your paternal lineage may be linked to the Cham

One of the many populations harboring members of haplogroup O1b1a1a1a1 is the Cham ethnic group, a group of people who speak Austronesian languages in Mainland Southeast Asia. Austronesian languages make up a language family that is extremely large and widespread, comprising over 350 million people on islands such as Madagascar, Easter Island, and many others. However, Austronesian languages are less common on mainland Asia, with a notable exception being the Chamic language. Research suggests that ancestors of the Cham people migrated from Southeast Asian islands to the mainland around the year 500 BCE, and that early Cham populations quickly began mixing with indigenous southern Vietnamese populations. As a result, the Chamic language now has words that were borrowed from languages spoken by indigenous Vietnamese people. It is likely that an ancestral Kinh population was one of the populations that mixed with the Cham people shortly after their migration to mainland Asia.

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.

Maternal Haplo Image

What do people with the surname Ettinger 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.

"Ettinger" Surname 33.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Ettinger" Surname 28.6%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Ettinger" Surname 21.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Ettinger" Surname 25.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Ettinger?

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 Ettinger 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

Ashkenazi Jewish 57.0%

23andMe Users 57.2%