Explore the Family Name Kaufman

The meaning of Kaufman

1. Americanized form of German Kaufmann, and a variant of the same Jewish surname. 2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name Kaufman meaning ‘merchant’. Compare Koyfman 2. 3. Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Slovenian: of German origin (see 1 above), often applied as a translation into German of corresponding Slavic occupational names or surnames. Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Hyman, Meyer, Chaim, Emanuel, Moshe, Eytan, Herschel, Zvi, Ari, Aron.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Kaufman has seen a slight shift in popularity over the last decade. In 2000, Kaufman ranked 911th in terms of frequency among U.S. surnames, but by 2010 it had dropped to 1,007th, marking a decrease of 10.54%. However, the actual count of individuals with the Kaufman surname increased marginally from 34,786 in 2000 to 34,844 in 2010, an uptick of just 0.17%. The proportion per 100,000 people also dipped slightly from 12.9 to 11.81, which represents an 8.45% decline.

20002010Change
Rank#911#1,007-10.54%
Count34,78634,8440.17%
Proportion per 100k12.911.81-8.45%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Kaufman

When it comes to ethnic identity, the 2010 Decennial U.S. Census shows some interesting shifts within the Kaufman surname group. The percentage identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander grew by 23.91%, and those reporting two or more races increased by 21.51%. The largest growth was observed among those identifying as Hispanic, jumping from 1.29% to 2.04%, a significant rise of 58.14%. Meanwhile, those identifying as White still composed the majority, although their proportion declined slightly by 1.25%. The percentage for Black increased slightly by 14.50%, while that of American Indian and Alaskan Native saw a decrease of 13.04%.

20002010Change
White95.77%94.57%-1.25%
Hispanic1.29%2.04%58.14%
Black1.31%1.5%14.5%
Two or More Races0.93%1.13%21.51%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.46%0.57%23.91%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.23%0.2%-13.04%

Kaufman 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 Kaufman is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 35.1% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (24.9%) and French & German (22.4%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
Ashkenazi Jewish35.1%
British & Irish24.9%
French & German22.4%
Other17.5%
Kaufman

Possible origins of the surname Kaufman

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 Kaufman have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom58.40%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom58.30%
West Midlands, United Kingdom58.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom58.10%
Merseyside, United Kingdom58.10%

What Kaufman 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 Kaufman is R-U152, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-U152 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include J-CTS5368 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Schwartz, Singer, Gold, Weiss, Rosenthal, Stein, Rosenberg, Feldman, Berger, Goodman.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Kaufman surname are: K1a1b1a, H1, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

kaufmanPaternal 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 Kaufman 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.

Preferences

Kaufman

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Kaufman" Surname 41.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Kaufman

Misophonia

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

"Kaufman" Surname 24.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Kaufman

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Kaufman" Surname 15.2%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Kaufman

Migraine

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

"Kaufman" Surname 16.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Kaufman?

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 Kaufman 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

Ashkenazi Jewish 57.0%

23andMe Users 57.2%