Explore the Family Name Haskell

The meaning of Haskell

1. English: from the Middle English personal name Askell with prosthetic H-, from Old Norse Áskell, a shortened form of Ásketill (see Axtell). The personal name was also popular among the Normans, sometimes in the form Anskell (with ancient Germanic Ans- substituted for As-), which explains why the name occurs in post-Conquest England in counties not settled by Vikings. Its appearance as a surname is often disguised by altered pronunciations; metathesis of /sk/ to /ks/, spelled -x-, for example, has given rise to Axtell. The Normans frequently used the name in Frankish forms; see Askin, Haskin, Hasty, and Astin. For the name in the Isle of Man see Castell. 2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name Khaskl, a Yiddish form of the Hebrew name Yeḥezqel (see Ezekiel).

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Haskell has maintained a steady presence in the United States over the last decade. In 2000, it was ranked as the 3,486th most popular surname and by 2010, it slightly dropped to the 3,617th position, representing a decrease of around 3.76%. Despite this slight drop in ranking, the actual count of individuals carrying the Haskell surname increased from 9,376 in 2000 to 9,816 in 2010, an increase of approximately 4.69%. However, when considering the proportion per 100k people, there was a decline of about 4.31%, moving from 3.48 in 2000 to 3.33 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k3.483.33-4.31%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Haskell

In terms of ethnic identity, the Haskell surname has been associated with diverse backgrounds, according to the Decennial U.S. Census. The majority of individuals with this surname identify as White, which was at 91.77% in 2000 and slightly decreased to 90.20% in 2010. Other ethnic identities associated with the surname saw increases during this period. For instance, those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander went up by 23.08%, American Indian and Alaskan Native rose by 31.08%, and those identifying with two or more races increased by 36.89%. The most significant increase was seen in the Hispanic category, which rose to 2.21% in 2010 from 1.38% in 2000, marking a 60.14% change. The Black community saw a slight decrease from 4.38% to 4.31%.

Two or More Races1.22%1.67%36.89%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.74%0.97%31.08%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.52%0.64%23.08%

Haskell 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 Haskell is British & Irish, which comprises 51.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (23.9%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (6.0%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish51.7%
French & German23.9%
Ashkenazi Jewish6.0%

Possible origins of the surname Haskell

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 Haskell have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom85.70%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom85.70%
Greater London, United Kingdom85.70%
Merseyside, United Kingdom85.30%
Lancashire, United Kingdom85.30%

What Haskell 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 Haskell is R-P311, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P311 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L51 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mattingly, Pardue, Landry, Peabody, Fortin, Jewett, Coffin, Whiteside, Maddux, Ogle.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Haskell surname are: T2b, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

haskellPaternal 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.

Maternal Haplo Image

What do people with the surname Haskell 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.

"Haskell" Surname 43.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Haskell" Surname 23.4%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Haskell" Surname 24.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Haskell" Surname 19.7%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Haskell?

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 Haskell 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%