Explore the Family Name Hebert

The meaning of Hebert

1. French (Hébert): assimilated form of Herbert. Compare Abair, Abar, Abare, Abear, Aber, Eber, and Ebert. 2. German: variant of Heber 1. History: Louis Hébert (a son of Nicolas Hébert, apothecary to the queen of France, and grocer, and his wife Jacqueline Pajot) was in Acadia in 1606–7 and again in 1611–13; he arrived in Quebec City, QC, in 1617, and was the father of the first French child born in QC (then called New France). — The LA Hébert families trace their descent from Acadian descendants of Antoine and Étienne Hébert who left their native village of La-Haye-Descartes in Touraine, France, c.1640. — Augustin Hébert dit Jolicoeur from Paris, France, married Adrienne Duvivier in Paris in 1646, died in Montreal, QC, in 1653. His descendants also bear the surname Lambert. — There were also several other 17th and 18th-century (and later) immigrants bearing the surname Hébert. Some characteristic forenames: French Armand, Andre, Emile, Normand, Jacques, Marcel, Pierre, Lucien, Michel, Gaston, Alcide, Camille.

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

Based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Hebert has seen a slight decrease over the course of a decade. In 2000, Hebert ranked as the 781st most popular surname in the United States, but by 2010 it dropped to the 836th position, indicating a 7.04% decrease in rank. However, despite this dip in rank, the number of individuals carrying the Hebert surname actually increased from 40,283 in 2000 to 41,275 in 2010, marking a growth of 2.46%. The proportion of Heberts per 100,000 people also decreased slightly, from 14.93 in 2000 to 13.99 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k14.9313.99-6.3%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Hebert

Regarding ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals some shifts among those with the Hebert surname between 2000 and 2010. The largest ethnicity associated with the name remained White, though it saw a slight decrease from 91.99% to 90.43%. The second-largest demographic was those identifying as Black, which saw a minor increase from 4.74% to 4.85%. Those identifying as Hispanic showed the highest percentage increase (62.76%), growing from 1.45% to 2.36%. Other increases were seen in the Asian/Pacific Islander group, from 0.29% to 0.45%, the Two or More Races group, from 1.11% to 1.35%, and the American Indian and Alaskan Native group, from 0.41% to 0.55%.

Two or More Races1.11%1.35%21.62%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.41%0.55%34.15%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.29%0.45%55.17%

Hebert 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 Hebert is French & German, which comprises 37.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (36.5%) and Spanish & Portuguese (8.5%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Scandinavian, Indigenous American, and Nigerian.

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French & German37.3%
British & Irish36.5%
Spanish & Portuguese8.5%

Possible origins of the surname Hebert

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 Hebert have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom73.40%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom72.80%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom72.70%
Merseyside, United Kingdom72.60%
West Midlands, United Kingdom72.20%

What Hebert 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 Hebert 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-Z209, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Landry, Ogle, Blanton, Whiteside, Aldrich, Jewett, Duvall, Fortin, Mattingly, Haskell.

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

hebertPaternal 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 Hebert 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.

"Hebert" 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.

"Hebert" Surname 22.6%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Hebert" Surname 23.2%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Hebert" Surname 18.3%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Hebert?

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 Hebert 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%