Explore the Family Name Hartz

The meaning of Hartz

1. German: habitational name from the Harz Mountains in central Germany. 2. German: from a short form of any of various ancient Germanic compound names beginning with the first element hard ‘hardy, brave’. 3. North German: from a form of Low German Hart 1 altered to the phonology of standard German. 4. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from Yiddish harts ‘heart’.

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

According to the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Hartz has experienced a slight decrease in rank from 7933 in 2000 to 7966 in 2010, indicating a small decline of 0.42%. However, despite this dip in ranking, the actual count of individuals with the Hartz surname increased by 7.4% during the same period, growing from 3867 to 4153. Consequently, the proportion per 100k people dropped slightly from 1.43 to 1.41, marking a 1.4% decrease.

20002010Change
Rank#7,933#7,966-0.42%
Count3,8674,1537.4%
Proportion per 100k1.431.41-1.4%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Hartz

The Decennial U.S. Census data also provides insights into the ethnic identity associated with the surname Hartz. In 2000, the majority of individuals with the Hartz surname identified as White (96.48%), which slightly decreased to 94.75% by 2010. The second largest group identified as Black, with a growth of 12.93% from 2000 to 2010. A significant increase was observed in those identifying with two or more races, surging from 0.49% in 2000 to 1.20% in 2010. Similarly, there was a notable rise in those identifying as Hispanic, from 1.01% to 1.73%. However, the data for those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native was suppressed for privacy in 2010.

20002010Change
White96.48%94.75%-1.79%
Hispanic1.01%1.73%71.29%
Black1.47%1.66%12.93%
Two or More Races0.49%1.2%144.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.39%0%0%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.16%0%0%

Hartz 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 Hartz is French & German, which comprises 33.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (32.7%) and Eastern European (9.1%). Additional ancestries include Ashkenazi Jewish, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Korean.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
French & German33.9%
British & Irish32.7%
Eastern European9.1%
Other24.3%
Hartz

Possible origins of the surname Hartz

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 Hartz have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom76.80%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom76.80%
Greater London, United Kingdom76.80%
West Midlands, United Kingdom76.00%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom76.00%

What Hartz 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 Hartz is R-P312, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P312 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include I-Z58 and R-Z381, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Wulf, Carlsen, Fromm, Berner, Ehlers, Schick, Holtz, Sheaffer, Hennig, Breuer.

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

hartzPaternal 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 Hartz 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

Hartz

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Hartz" Surname 44.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Hartz

Misophonia

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

"Hartz" Surname 18.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Hartz

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Hartz" Surname 13.2%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Hartz

Migraine

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

"Hartz" Surname 23.7%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Hartz?

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 Hartz 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%