Explore the Family Name Jenson

The meaning of Jenson

1. English: from the Middle English personal name Jen (a short form of Old French Jehan, i.e. John) + son. See Jenkin and Janson, as well as Johnson, with which Jenson and Jeynson were freely interchangeable. 2. Americanized form of Danish, Norwegian, and North German Jensen or Jenssen.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Jenson ranked 4,357th in popularity in the United States in 2000 and dropped slightly to 4,461st in 2010, a change of -2.39%. The count of people with the Jenson surname increased from 7,532 in 2000 to 7,956 in 2010, marking a positive growth of 5.63%. However, the proportion of people named Jenson per 100,000 decreased by 3.23% over the same decade.

Proportion per 100k2.792.7-3.23%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Jenson

According to the Decennial U.S. Census data on ethnic identity, the majority of individuals with the surname Jenson identified as White in both 2000 and 2010, with a slight decrease from 91.95% to 91.49%. Those identifying as Hispanic saw an increase of 20.20%, and those identifying as having two or more ethnicities also increased by 17.83%. The percentage of individuals who identified as Asian/Pacific Islander remained relatively stable, seeing only a slight decrease of 1.35%. The Black population decreased by 8.90%, while American Indian and Alaskan Native saw a significant increase of 22.95%.

Two or More Races1.29%1.52%17.83%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.61%0.75%22.95%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.74%0.73%-1.35%

Jenson 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 Jenson is British & Irish, which comprises 36.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (24.4%) and Scandinavian (24.3%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, and Finnish.

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British & Irish36.0%
French & German24.4%

Possible origins of the surname Jenson

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 Jenson have recent ancestry locations in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom78.50%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom78.50%
West Midlands, United Kingdom78.50%
Merseyside, United Kingdom78.50%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom78.50%

What Jenson 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 Jenson is R-Z282, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z282 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include I-L22 and I-P109, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Lundgren, Sandberg, Lundberg, Lindquist, Bergquist, Monson, Clausen, Samuelson, Larson, Lindberg.

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

jensonPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M420

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 Jenson 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.

"Jenson" Surname 50.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Jenson" Surname 34.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Jenson" 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.

"Jenson" Surname 22.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Jenson?

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 Jenson 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%