Explore the Family Name Johansen

The meaning of Johansen

Norwegian, Danish, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Johan (Scandinavian), Johann (German), vernacular forms of Johannes (see John). Compare Johanson and Johnson. Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Per, Niels, Nils, Thor, Johan, Bjorn, Lars, Oluf, Borge, Holger, Jarl.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Johansen saw a minor decrease in popularity between 2000 and 2010. Ranked at 3440 in the year 2000, it slightly slipped to 3619 by the year 2010, marking a 5.2% drop in ranking. However, the overall number of individuals with the Johansen surname increased from 9509 to 9815, demonstrating a growth of 3.22%. Despite this increase, its proportion per 100,000 population decreased by 5.4%, indicating that it grew less popular relative to other surnames.

Proportion per 100k3.523.33-5.4%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Johansen

In terms of ethnicity, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census shows a slight shift in the ethnic identity associated with the surname Johansen between 2000 and 2010. The majority of individuals identifying as white experienced a slight decrease from 94.38% to 93.15%. On the other hand, those identifying as Hispanic and Black saw significant increases of 46.95% and 62.96% respectively. Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native categories also witnessed a modest increase in their representation, while the category of two or more races saw a small decline of 7.74%.

Two or More Races1.68%1.55%-7.74%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.84%0.92%9.52%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.68%0.82%20.59%

Johansen 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 Johansen is British & Irish, which comprises 32.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Scandinavian (27.4%) and French & German (20.7%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Finnish, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish32.6%
French & German20.7%

Possible origins of the surname Johansen

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 Johansen have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom69.30%
Greater London, United Kingdom69.30%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom69.30%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom68.70%
Merseyside, United Kingdom68.40%

What Johansen 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 Johansen is R-M417, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-M417 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include I-Z58 and R-L48, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Jacobsen, Christiansen, Larsen, Nielsen, Swenson, Johnsen, Olsen, Andersen, Hansen, Jacobson.

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

johansenPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M420

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 Johansen 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.

"Johansen" Surname 36.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Johansen" Surname 14.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Johansen" Surname 20.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Johansen" Surname 18.2%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Johansen?

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 Johansen 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%