Explore the Family Name Farr

The meaning of Farr

1. English: from Middle English fear(r), farre (Old English fearr) ‘steer, ox’, applied as a nickname for a fierce man or a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept a bull. 2. German: nickname from Middle High German varne, var, with the same meaning as 1 above.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Farr has seen some fluctuation in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked as the 1709th most popular name, but by 2010, it had dropped slightly to 1794th. Despite this, the count of individuals with the Farr surname increased during this period from 19,242 to 20,011, a rise of 4 percent. The proportion per 100,000 people also decreased slightly from 7.13 to 6.78, marking a decrease of nearly 5 percent.

Proportion per 100k7.136.78-4.91%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Farr

In terms of ethnicity breakdown for the surname Farr, data from the Decennial U.S. Census indicates a diversity of ethnic identities amongst bearers of this surname. The largest group identified as White, although this percentage decreased slightly from 85.43% in 2000 to 83.02% in 2010. The next largest ethnic identity was Black, which saw an increase from 10.82% in 2000 to 11.81% in 2010. There were also increases in the percentage identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander (from 0.52% to 0.73%) and those identifying as Hispanic (from 1.25% to 2.24%). The percentage of those identifying as two or more races also rose from 1.47% to 1.83%. Notably, the percentage of those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native decreased from 0.51% to 0.36%.

Two or More Races1.47%1.83%24.49%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.52%0.73%40.38%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.51%0.36%-29.41%

Farr 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 Farr is British & Irish, which comprises 52.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (22.4%) and Scandinavian (4.2%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish52.7%
French & German22.4%

Possible origins of the surname Farr

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 Farr have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom86.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom86.10%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom85.70%
Merseyside, United Kingdom85.70%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom85.10%

What Farr 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 Farr is R-Z8, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z8 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-U152 and R-P311, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mayo, Bassett, Sears, Benjamin, Bishop, Shepherd, Haines, Wilkins, Ziegler, Forbes.

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

farrPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to King Louis XVI

The rule of France by men of the House of Bourbon began with King Henri IV in 1589 C.E. and continued until the beheading of his direct paternal descendant King Louis XVI in 1793. Several years ago, researchers analyzed a mummified head and a blood-soaked cloth that they believed might belong to the two kings, and concluded that the royal paternal line belonged to haplogroup G. In a more recent study, however, a different set of researchers tested three living men who are direct descendants of the Bourbon kings. Their efforts revealed that the male lineage of the House of Bourbon is actually a branch of haplogroup R-M405.

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 Farr 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.

"Farr" Surname 39.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Farr" Surname 25.5%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Farr" Surname 27.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Farr" Surname 17.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Farr?

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 Farr 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%