Explore the Family Name Iversen

The meaning of Iversen

1. Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Iver, from Old Norse Ívarr, a compound of either ív ‘yew tree, bow’ or Ing (the name of a god) + ar ‘warrior’ or ‘spear’. 2. North German: patronymic from an ancient Germanic personal name, a cognate of 1 above. Compare Iverson 1. Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Iver, Bernt, Erik, Niels, Svein, Alf, Anders, Bent, Bjorg, Einer, Gudmund, Jorgen.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Iversen has seen slight fluctuations in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Iversen was the 11,774th most common surname, but by 2010 it had dropped to the 12,164th position, a decline of 3.31%. Despite this drop in rank, the actual count of individuals with the Iversen surname increased from 2,436 in 2000 to 2,562 in 2010, an increase of 5.17%. The proportion per 100,000 also marginally reduced from 0.9 to 0.87 over this decade.

Proportion per 100k0.90.87-3.33%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Iversen

Regarding ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census reveals shifts in the ethnic identity associated with the surname Iversen between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, the vast majority (95.57%) identified as white, decreasing slightly to 93.95% in 2010. Over the same period, the percentage identifying as Hispanic more than doubled, growing from 1.72% to 3.08%. Those who identified with two or more races also saw significant growth, increasing from 1.15% to 1.76%. Asian/Pacific Islanders, Blacks, and American Indian and Alaskan Natives holding the Iversen surname, however, experienced decreases in their respective percentages.

Two or More Races1.15%1.76%53.04%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.62%0.59%-4.84%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.62%0.43%-30.65%

Iversen 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 Iversen is Scandinavian, which comprises 29.8% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (28.1%) and French & German (19.8%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Indigenous American, Spanish & Portuguese, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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British & Irish28.1%
French & German19.8%

Possible origins of the surname Iversen

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 Iversen have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom60.60%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom60.60%
Greater London, United Kingdom60.60%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom59.60%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom58.60%

What Iversen 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 Iversen 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-L22 and I-Z58, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Johansson, Nord, Bergquist, Ellingson, Stromberg, Carlsen, Lindahl, Halvorson, Persson, Henriksen.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Iversen surname are: H1, J1c, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

iversenPaternal 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 Iversen 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.

"Iversen" Surname 47.2%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Iversen" Surname 25.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Iversen" Surname 25.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Iversen" Surname 14.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Iversen?

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 Iversen 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

Scandinavian 62.9%

23andMe Users 57.2%