Explore the Family Name Hooten

The meaning of Hooten

Possibly an Americanized form of Dutch Van Houten.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Hooten saw a small drop in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked as the 6876th most common surname, but by 2010, it had dropped to 7048th place, marking a change of -2.5%. Despite this slight decline in rank, the number of individuals with the Hooten surname actually increased during this time. The count went from 4508 in 2000 to 4751 in 2010, showing an increase of 5.39%.

Proportion per 100k1.671.61-3.59%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Hooten

Ethnic identity associated with the surname Hooten changed somewhat according to the Decennial U.S. Census data. While people identifying as White comprised the majority of Hootens in both 2000 and 2010, that proportion decreased slightly from 83.74% to 81.54%. Significant growth is noted among those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native, with their proportions increasing by 77.78% and 79.59% respectively. Individuals identifying with two or more ethnicities also increased by 52.59%, while those identifying as Hispanic rose by 50.46%. The proportion of individuals identifying as Black saw a modest increase of 2.45%.

Two or More Races1.35%2.06%52.59%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.49%0.88%79.59%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.27%0.48%77.78%

Hooten 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 Hooten is British & Irish, which comprises 62.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (19.7%) and Eastern European (3.4%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Indigenous American, Spanish & Portuguese, Nigerian, and Italian.

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British & Irish62.3%
French & German19.7%
Eastern European3.4%

Possible origins of the surname Hooten

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 Hooten have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom91.50%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom91.50%
Greater London, United Kingdom91.50%
Merseyside, United Kingdom91.50%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom91.50%

What Hooten 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 Hooten is R-DF95, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-DF95 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-M405 and R-L21, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Damron, Pipkin, Olds, Elmer, Lunsford, Knowlton, Snead, Coen, Bouchard, Sneed.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Hooten surname are: K1a, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

hootenPaternal 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 the nomadic Tuareg of the Sahara

Though haplogroup H1 rarely reaches high frequencies beyond western Europe, over 60% of eastern Tuareg in Libya belong to haplogroup H1. The Tuareg call themselves the Imazghan, meaning “free people.” They are an isolated, semi-nomadic people who inhabit the West-Central Sahara and are known today for a distinctive dark blue turban worn by the men, and for their long history as gatekeepers of the desert.How did women carrying H1 make it all the way from western Europe to this isolated community? They likely migrated from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar into Morocco after the Last Ice Age, where they were assimilated into the Berbers of the Mediterranean coast. Then, about 5,000 years ago, the Sahara shifted from a period of relative habitable conditions to its dramatically arid desert environment. This shift may have caused migrations throughout the Sahara, prompting the ancient Tuaregs to meet and mingle with the Berbers, bringing H1 lineages into their population.

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What do people with the surname Hooten 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.

"Hooten" Surname 42.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Hooten" Surname 24.2%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Hooten" Surname 21.7%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Hooten" Surname 16.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Hooten?

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 Hooten 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%