Explore the Family Name Ewald

The meaning of Ewald

North German: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements ēo ‘law, custom, right’ (a rare element in personal names, found mostly in Old Saxon) + wald ‘rule’. This name was borne in the 7th century by two brothers (distinguished as ‘Ewald the White’ and ‘Ewald the Black’) who were missionaries in northern Germany. They became the patron saints of Cologne and Westphalia, and so contributed to the popularity of the personal name (and hence the eventual frequency of the surname) in these areas. Some characteristic forenames: German Hans, Kurt, Bernhard, Helmut, Otto, Alois, Armin, Arno, Erwin, Franziska, Fritz, Gerhard.

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

The surname Ewald, according to data from the Decennial U.S. Census, saw a slight decline in popularity between 2000 and 2010. It was ranked as the 6765th most popular surname in 2000, but dropped to the 7348th spot by 2010, recording a change of -8.62%. The count of individuals with this surname also decreased somewhat from 4592 in 2000 to 4535 in 2010, a decrease of -1.24%. Similarly, the proportion of people with the surname Ewald per 100k population declined by -9.41% over the same period.

20002010Change
Rank#6,765#7,348-8.62%
Count4,5924,535-1.24%
Proportion per 100k1.71.54-9.41%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Ewald

In terms of ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals some shifts over the decade. While a vast majority of individuals with the surname Ewald identified as White (95.77% in 2010, down from 97.15% in 2000), there were increases in other ethnic identities. The percentage identifying as Hispanic more than doubled from 0.68% in 2000 to 1.48% in 2010. Individuals who identified as Asian/Pacific Islander also increased, though at a smaller scale, from 0.39% in 2000 to 0.60% in 2010. Those reporting two or more races increased modestly from 1.00% in 2000 to 1.30% in 2010, while the proportion of American Indian and Alaskan Native and Black remained relatively stable.

20002010Change
White97.15%95.77%-1.42%
Hispanic0.68%1.48%117.65%
Two or More Races1%1.3%30%
Black0.59%0.62%5.08%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.39%0.6%53.85%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.2%0.24%20%

Ewald 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 Ewald is French & German, which comprises 37.1% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (31.8%) and Eastern European (12.5%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, Italian, Indigenous American, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
French & German37.1%
British & Irish31.8%
Eastern European12.5%
Other18.6%
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Possible origins of the surname Ewald

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 Ewald have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom74.60%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom74.60%
West Midlands, United Kingdom74.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom74.60%
Greater London, United Kingdom74.60%

What Ewald 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 Ewald is E-V13, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup E-V13 is descended from haplogroup E-M96. Other common haplogroups include R-P312 and R-L48, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Heuer, Rauch, Seitz, Rudolph, Groves, Goode, Wolfe, Schreiner, Sargent, Spencer.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Ewald surname are: H1, H, U2_3_4_7_8_9. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

ewaldPaternal Haplogroup Origins E-M96
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to early Balkan migrants

Haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a migrated in large numbers from the Balkans into Europe about 4,500 years ago, triggered by the beginning of the Balkan Bronze Age. During this migration, members of haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a mainly followed rivers connecting the southern Balkans to northern-central Europe. Technological leaps often cause lineages to grow dramatically in numbers and in geographic range. The development of Bronze technology may have given men in haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a a competitive advantage over other men, causing haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a to proliferate and become widespread.

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 Ewald 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

Ewald

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Ewald" Surname 43.5%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Ewald

Misophonia

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

"Ewald" Surname 15.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Ewald

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Ewald" Surname 12.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Ewald

Migraine

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

"Ewald" Surname 11.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Ewald?

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 Ewald 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

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%