Explore the Family Name Lorenz

The meaning of Lorenz

1. German, Dutch, and Spanish: from local forms (German Laurenz, Lorenz, Dutch Laurens, Catalan Llorenç) of the Latin personal name Laurentius (see Lawrence). This surname is also found in Poland, Czechia, France (Alsace and Lorraine), Sweden, and Denmark. Compare Lorance, Lorence, and Lorentz. 2. Germanized or Americanized form of Polish, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, and Slovenian Lorenc. 3. Jewish (Ashkenazic): adoption of the German surname (see 1 above) or adoption the German Christian personal name as a surname. In some families, it could be adopted or assigned because of a Jewish personal name having several sounds in common with Lorenz (compare Lazar 1). Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Hans, Alois, Erwin, Juergen, Dieter, Fritz, Gerhard, Guenter, Helmut, Ilse, Klaus.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Lorenz saw a slight fluctuation in its popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Lorenz was the 2295th most popular surname, but it slipped to the 2483rd position in 2010, marking a decrease of 8.19%. Despite this drop in ranking, the actual count of individuals with the Lorenz surname increased marginally from 14,501 in 2000 to 14,528 in 2010, a subtle growth of 0.19%. Consequently, the proportion of people named Lorenz per 100,000 decreased by 8.36% over the 10-year span.

Proportion per 100k5.384.93-8.36%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Lorenz

The ethnic identity associated with the Lorenz surname also underwent some changes between 2000 and 2010, as demonstrated by the Decennial U.S. Census data. The majority of individuals with the Lorenz surname identified as White, though this proportion decreased slightly from 95.09% in 2000 to 93.73% in 2010. Meanwhile, those identifying as Hispanic experienced significant growth, climbing from 2.43% to 3.28%, a jump of nearly 35%. Notably, the proportion of individuals identifying as two or more ethnicities also rose significantly, going from 0.99% to 1.36%. Smaller increases were seen among those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, and American Indian and Alaskan Native.

Two or More Races0.99%1.36%37.37%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.72%0.76%5.56%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.34%0.41%20.59%

Lorenz 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 Lorenz is French & German, which comprises 39.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (31.8%) and Eastern European (11.5%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous American.

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French & German39.4%
British & Irish31.8%
Eastern European11.5%

Possible origins of the surname Lorenz

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 Lorenz have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom68.70%
West Midlands, United Kingdom68.50%
Merseyside, United Kingdom68.50%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom68.50%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom68.20%

What Lorenz 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 Lorenz is I-Z58, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-Z58 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include R-L48 and R-M405, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Schmidt, Mueller, Miller, Fischer, Weber, Bauer, Lutz, Keller, Koch, Lange.

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

lorenzPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to Alexander Hamilton

Early in the morning on July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr (then Vice President of the United States) and Alexander Hamilton (founder of the U.S. Treasury) dueled on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. This marked the culmination of a bitter personal and political rivalry between the two men. Alexander Hamilton died as a result of the duel, but his intellectual legacy survives in the founding documents of the nation he helped build. A piece of his genetic legacy survives as well: in the 21st century, genealogists documented the paternal haplogroups of dozens of Hamilton's living descendants and concluded that the Founding Father's paternal haplogroup was a branch of I-DF29.

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 Lorenz 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.

"Lorenz" Surname 41.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Lorenz" Surname 19.4%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Lorenz" Surname 17.3%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Lorenz" Surname 16.6%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Lorenz?

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 Lorenz 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

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%