Explore the Family Name Love

The meaning of Love

1. English: from a Middle English personal name derived from the Old English female name Lufu ‘love’, or the masculine equivalent Lufa. Compare Leaf 2. 2. English and Scottish: nickname from Anglo-Norman French love ‘she-wolf’ or simply ‘wolf’, the word love being a back-formation from the diminutive forms lovel and lovet ‘little wolf’. See also Low 3, from Anglo-Norman French lou, the more usual form of the word. 3. Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhionghuin (see McKinnon). 4. Flemish (De Love): altered form of Delhove, a habitational name from any of the places called Hove and L’Hoves in Hainault, for example.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname "Love" has seen a slight decrease in rank from 2000 to 2010, dropping from 363rd most popular to 385th. Despite this decrease in rank, the raw count of individuals with the surname "Love" actually increased by 5.81% during this period, from 78,323 to 82,873. However, when looking at the proportion per 100,000 people, there was a 3.24% decline, indicating that while the population with this surname grew, it did not grow as fast as the total U.S. population.

20002010Change
Rank#363#385-6.06%
Count78,32382,8735.81%
Proportion per 100k29.0328.09-3.24%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Love

Regarding the ethnic identity associated with the surname "Love", data from the Decennial U.S. Census shows some changes between 2000 and 2010. The percentage of individuals identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and those identifying with two or more races both saw increases, up by 20.00% and 55.91%, respectively. Meanwhile, the proportion identifying as White decreased by 4.74%. Those claiming Hispanic ethnicity rose significantly by 60.13%, though their overall representation remained relatively small. The Black community, which constituted the second-largest group after White, saw a slight increase of 2.12%. Conversely, the American Indian and Alaskan Native category experienced a decrease of 8.93%.

20002010Change
White59.3%56.49%-4.74%
Black36.26%37.03%2.12%
Two or More Races1.86%2.9%55.91%
Hispanic1.58%2.53%60.13%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.45%0.54%20%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.56%0.51%-8.93%

Love 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 Love is British & Irish, which comprises 50.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (19.1%) and Nigerian (5.6%). Additional ancestries include Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Scandinavian, Eastern European, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Italian.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish50.6%
French & German19.1%
Nigerian5.6%
Other24.7%
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Possible origins of the surname Love

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 Love have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom80.80%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom80.70%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom80.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom80.60%
West Midlands, United Kingdom80.20%

What Love 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 Love is R-L20, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-L20 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-S764 and R-L21, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Goodwin, Britton, Frost, Wiggins, Waldron, Keene, Wood, Woods, Greene, Manning.

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

lovePaternal 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 Love 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

Love

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Love" Surname 42.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Love

Misophonia

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

"Love" Surname 24.6%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Love

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Love" Surname 19.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Love

Migraine

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

"Love" Surname 19.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Love?

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 Love 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%