Explore the Family Name Landry

The meaning of Landry

1. French and English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Landri, from the ancient Germanic Landric(us), a compound of land ‘land’ + rīk ‘powerful, ruler’. 2. English: from Middle English lavendrie ‘wash-house’ (Old French lavanderie), either a metonymic occupational name for a worker in a wash-house or a name denoting a dweller at a wash-house. 3. French Canadian: shortened and altered form of a habitational name from La Glanderie, a place in Yvelines, France. Compare Laundry, Londeree, and Lundry. History: René Landry dit L’Aîné from La Chaussée in Vienne, France, married Perrine Bourg in Acadia c.1645. René Landry dit Le Jeune from France married Marie Bernard in Acadia c.1659. Guillaume Landry from La Ventrouze in Orne, France, married Gabrielle Barré in Quebec City, QC, in 1659. — Some of the American bearers of the surname Landry (see 3 above) are descendants of Jean-Baptiste Rivard dit La Glanderie (1772–1854) from QC. Some characteristic forenames: French Armand, Lucien, Pierre, Emile, Andre, Fernand, Marcel, Antoine, Benoit, Camille, Raoul.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Landry experienced a slight decline over a decade, falling from rank 828 in 2000 to rank 884 in 2010. This shows a decrease of 6.76%. However, the count of people with this surname increased slightly from 37,961 in 2000 to 39,391 in 2010, a growth of 3.77%. The proportion of this surname per 100,000 also decreased by 5.12%, from 14.07 in 2000 to 13.35 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k14.0713.35-5.12%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Landry

In terms of ethnic identity, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census indicates that the majority of individuals with the surname Landry are predominantly of White ethnicity, although there was a slight decrease of 2.20% from 2000 to 2010. The Hispanic representation within the Landry surname grew significantly by 69.92%, though still constituting a small percentage overall. There were moderate increases in the Asian/Pacific Islander and Two or more races categories, seeing changes of 30.77% and 26.27% respectively. The Black category saw a modest increase of 4.84%, while the American Indian and Alaskan Native category saw a smaller change of 5.41%.

Two or More Races1.18%1.49%26.27%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.39%0.51%30.77%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.37%0.39%5.41%

Landry 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 Landry is British & Irish, which comprises 39.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (33.7%) and Spanish & Portuguese (8.1%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Scandinavian, Nigerian, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish39.0%
French & German33.7%
Spanish & Portuguese8.1%

Possible origins of the surname Landry

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 Landry have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom71.60%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom70.70%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom70.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom70.50%
West Midlands, United Kingdom70.30%

What Landry 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 Landry is R-P311, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P311 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L51 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mattingly, Blanton, Jewett, Peabody, Ogle, Haskell, Fortin, Pardue, Hebert, Whiteside.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Landry surname are: T1a1, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

landryPaternal 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 Landry 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.

"Landry" Surname 46.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Landry" Surname 25.5%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Landry" Surname 26.4%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Landry" Surname 20.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Landry?

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 Landry 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%