Explore the Family Name Goldberg

The meaning of Goldberg

1. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of numerous places in German-speaking lands called Goldberg. The placename is composed of German Gold ‘gold’ + Berg ‘mountain, hill’. 2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name, a compound of German Gold ‘gold’ + Berg ‘mountain, hill’. Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Hyman, Isadore, Meyer, Emanuel, Myer, Mort, Hymen, Ari, Aron.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Goldberg has seen a slight decrease in popularity from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, it was ranked 1069th most popular, dropping to 1193rd in 2010, marking an 11.6% decrease in rank. The number of individuals with this surname also decreased slightly from 29,968 in 2000 to 29,603 in 2010, a drop of 1.22%. The proportion of Goldbergs per 100,000 people in the United States fell by 9.63% during the same time period.

20002010Change
Rank#1,069#1,193-11.6%
Count29,96829,603-1.22%
Proportion per 100k11.1110.04-9.63%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Goldberg

In terms of ethnicity, data from the Decennial U.S. Census reveals that the majority of individuals with the Goldberg surname identify as White, although the percentage decreased from 96.49% in 2000 to 95.31% in 2010. The second-largest ethnic identity group for this surname saw a significant increase in the Hispanic population, jumping from 1.46% to 2.50%, a change of 71.23%. Other noticeable changes include a growth in those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander from 0.53% to 0.70% and a drop in the Black population from 0.50% to 0.45%. The percentages of those identifying as two or more races and American Indian and Alaskan Native remained relatively stable.

20002010Change
White96.49%95.31%-1.22%
Hispanic1.46%2.5%71.23%
Two or More Races0.95%0.96%1.05%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.53%0.7%32.08%
Black0.5%0.45%-10%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.07%0.07%0%

Goldberg 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 Goldberg is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 62.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (14.0%) and French & German (7.8%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Scandinavian, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
Ashkenazi Jewish62.5%
British & Irish14.0%
French & German7.8%
Other15.7%
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Possible origins of the surname Goldberg

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 Goldberg have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom34.70%
Merseyside, United Kingdom34.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom34.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom34.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom33.80%

What Goldberg 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 Goldberg is J-CTS5368, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup J-CTS5368 is descended from haplogroup J-M304. Other common haplogroups include E-L791 and E-L29, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Friedman, Goldstein, Rosenberg, Rubin, Rosen, Silverman, Schwartz, Feldman, Greenberg, Weiss.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Goldberg surname are: H1, H, K1a1b1a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

goldbergPaternal Haplogroup Origins J-M304
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to men who spread the Semitic languages

Men carrying the J-M267 lineage took part in many waves of migrations over the millennia, and domesticated animals and plants weren't the only things they carried. They may also have been among the communities that spread the Semitic languages, a diverse group that bloomed from a single proto-Semitic tongue in the Levant nearly 5,750 years ago. These men likely carried branches of both haplogroup J and of the Semitic language family through the Arabian Peninsula to the Horn of Africa. Still later, some J-M267-bearing men re-expanded from the Arabian Peninsula back through the Middle East and across North Africa in migrations associated with the emergence and spread of Islam.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to many people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent

A few branches of haplogroup K, such as K1a9, K2a2a, and K1a1b1a, are specific to Jewish populations and especially to Ashkenazi Jews, whose roots lie in central and eastern Europe. These branches of haplogroup K are found at levels of 30% among the Ashkenazim. But they are also found at lower levels in Jewish populations from the Middle East and Africa, and among Sephardic Jews who trace their roots to medieval Spain. That indicates an origin of those K haplogroup branches in the Middle East before 70 AD, when the Roman destruction of Jerusalem scattered the Jewish people around the Mediterranean and beyond.About 1.7 million Ashkenazi Jews living today (nearly 20% of the population) share a single branch of the K haplogroup, K1a1b1a. The diversity of that haplogroup suggests that it arose in the Middle East between 2,000 and 3,000 years ago, and that everyone who shares it today could descend from a woman who lived as recently as 700 years ago. A similar pattern in two other K branches, K1a9 and K2a2, as well as the N1b branch of haplogroup N, has led researchers to conclude that 40% of the Ashkenazim living today – about 3.4 million people – could descend from as few as four women who lived within the last 2,000 years.

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What do people with the surname Goldberg 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

Goldberg

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Goldberg" Surname 45.2%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Goldberg

Misophonia

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

"Goldberg" Surname 20.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Goldberg

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Goldberg" Surname 14.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Goldberg

Migraine

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

"Goldberg" Surname 14.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Goldberg?

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 Goldberg 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%