Explore the Family Name Lindahl

The meaning of Lindahl

1. Swedish: ornamental name composed of lind ‘lime tree’ + dahl, an ornamental (old) spelling of dal ‘valley’. 2. Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farms named Lindal, with the same meaning as 1 above. Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Lennart, Alf, Alvar, Astrid, Erik, Jalmer, Knute, Lars, Lasse, Nils, Selmer.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Lindahl has seen a slight decrease in popularity over the past decade. In 2000, Lindahl ranked 8519 in terms of commonality among surnames, but by 2010, it had slipped to rank 9081, marking a 6.6% drop. Despite this decline in ranking, the actual count of individuals with the Lindahl surname slightly increased from 3561 in 2000 to 3599 in 2010, showing a 1.07% growth.

Proportion per 100k1.321.22-7.58%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Lindahl

Turning to ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census reveals an interesting shift in the demographics associated with the Lindahl surname. While the majority of individuals with this surname identified as White in both 2000 (97.56%) and 2010 (95.39%), there was a small decline of 2.22% over this period. A notable increase was observed among those identifying as two or more races, which surged by 153.57%. Other ethnic identities, including Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Black, and American Indian and Alaskan Native, also saw increases ranging from 32% to 84.62%, pointing towards a growing diversity within this surname group.

Two or More Races0.56%1.42%153.57%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.39%0.67%71.79%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.25%0.33%32%

Lindahl 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 Lindahl is British & Irish, which comprises 31.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Scandinavian (24.9%) and French & German (24.8%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Indigenous American, and Finnish.

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British & Irish31.3%
French & German24.8%

Possible origins of the surname Lindahl

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

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom75.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom75.20%
Merseyside, United Kingdom75.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom75.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom74.30%

What Lindahl 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 Lindahl 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 R-Z282 and I-P109, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Iversen, Bergquist, Monson, Henriksen, Krohn, Jenson, Quist, Ellingson, Oleson, Nord.

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

lindahlPaternal 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 Lindahl 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.

"Lindahl" Surname 45.5%

23andMe Users 41.3%



Cheek Dimples

Small indentations that appear on the cheeks when a person smiles.

"Lindahl" Surname 40.0%

23andMe Users 37.6%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Lindahl" Surname 17.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Lindahl" Surname 22.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Lindahl?

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 Lindahl 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%