Explore the Family Name Knudson

The meaning of Knudson

Americanized form of Danish, Norwegian, and North German Knudsen. Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Knute, Lars, Iver, Knud, Nels, Nils, Obert, Sigvald, Sven.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the Knudson surname has seen a slight decrease in popularity over the decade from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, it ranked as the 4,532nd most popular surname and it dropped to 4,841st place in 2010, marking a 6.82% decrease. However, the number of people with the Knudson surname increased slightly by 1.14%, from 7,196 in 2000 to 7,278 in 2010. The proportion per 100,000 people also saw a small decrease from 2.67 to 2.47.

20002010Change
Rank#4,532#4,841-6.82%
Count7,1967,2781.14%
Proportion per 100k2.672.47-7.49%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Knudson

When looking at the ethnicity distribution of the Knudson surname, a few changes are noticeable between 2000 and 2010 according to Decennial U.S. Census data. The percentage of individuals identifying as White decreased slightly from 96.71% to 94.97%. Those identifying as Hispanic saw an increase from 1.38% to 2.40%, marking a significant growth of 73.91%. There was also a notable rise in those identifying with two or more races, increasing from 0.75% to 1.20%. The percentages for those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, and American Indian and Alaskan Native also showed minor increases over the decade.

20002010Change
White96.71%94.97%-1.8%
Hispanic1.38%2.4%73.91%
Two or More Races0.75%1.2%60%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.49%0.66%34.69%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.54%0.6%11.11%
Black0.14%0.16%14.29%

Knudson 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 Knudson is British & Irish, which comprises 32.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Scandinavian (29.8%) and French & German (23.6%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Finnish, and Korean.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish32.2%
Scandinavian29.8%
French & German23.6%
Other14.5%
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Possible origins of the surname Knudson

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 Knudson have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom78.70%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom78.70%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom78.30%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom78.30%
West Midlands, United Kingdom78.30%

What Knudson 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 Knudson 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-L205.1, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Amundson, Nilsen, Lundin, Moen, Gilbertson, Evenson, Pedersen, Severson, Olson, Samuelson.

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

knudsonPaternal 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 Knudson 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

Knudson

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Knudson" Surname 53.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Knudson

Misophonia

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

"Knudson" Surname 20.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Knudson

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Knudson" Surname 21.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Knudson

Migraine

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

"Knudson" Surname 22.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Knudson?

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 Knudson 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%