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The meaning of Medina
1. Spanish and Jewish (Sephardic): habitational name from any of several places, as for example Medina-Sidonia in Cádiz province and Medina del Campo in Valladolid province, so called from Arabic madīna ‘city’. 2. Jewish (Sephardic): also an adoption of the Spanish surname (see 1 above) at the moment of conversion to Roman Catholicism. After the return to Judaism (generations later), some descendants retained the name their families used as Catholic. Some characteristic forenames: Spanish Jose, Juan, Manuel, Luis, Carlos, Jesus, Francisco, Pedro, Miguel, Ramon, Mario, Rafael. Portuguese Lidio, Ligia, Anatolio, Duarte, Joao.
Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.
How common is the last name Medina in the United States?
The surname Medina witnessed a significant increase in popularity between the years 2000 and 2010, as per data extracted from the Decennial U.S. Census. In 2000, it was ranked as the 176th most popular surname, but by 2010, it had risen to the 133rd spot, marking a change of 24.43%. The overall count of individuals with the Medina surname also saw an upsurge from 139,353 in 2000 to 188,497 in 2010, a rise of 35.27%. Consequently, the proportion of people named Medina per 100k individuals has grown by 23.69% over this ten-year period.
|Proportion per 100k||51.66||63.9||23.69%|
Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Medina
When it comes to the ethnic identity of those bearing the Medina surname, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows that the majority identify as Hispanic. In 2000, 90.10% identified as Hispanic, and this figure slightly increased to 91.16% by 2010. The number of Medinas identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander remained relatively stable, with a minor decrease from 1.95% to 1.92%, while those identifying as Black saw a 13.21% increase. Those identifying as White saw a decrease from 6.39% to 5.69%. The proportion of individuals identifying as two or more races dropped by 48.44%, and there was a 23.08% decrease in those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native.
|Two or More Races||0.64%||0.33%||-48.44%|
|American Indian and Alaskan Native||0.39%||0.3%||-23.08%|
medina 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 Medina is Spanish & Portuguese, which comprises 40.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Indigenous American (27.2%) and British & Irish (9.7%). Additional ancestries include French & German, Filipino & Austronesian, Italian, Senegambian & Guinean, and Eastern European.
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|Spanish & Portuguese||40.0%|
|British & Irish||9.7%|
Possible origins of the surname medina
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 Medina have recent ancestry locations all within Mexico.
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What medina 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 Medina 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 Q-M3 and J-CTS5368, which are predominantly found among people with East Asian & Indigenous American and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Garcia, Torres, Sanchez, Ruiz, Rodriguez, Perez, Castro, Herrera, Castillo, Lopez.
The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Medina surname are: A2, B2, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.
Your maternal lineage may be linked to some of the first Americans
Though the Ice Age was beginning to retreat when your A2 ancestors first entered North America, there were still massive barriers blocking their way. Glaciers and inhospitable climate covered much of the continent, blocking entry into the interior. Nonetheless, researchers have found evidence that a wave of American founders migrated over 13,000 kilometers to reach southern Chile in only 2,000 years, a blink of an eye in the story of human migration! Their highway to the south was the coast of the Pacific, stocked with fish, diverse marine mammals, and other valuable resources in the rich kelp forests of the upper latitudes and in the abundant fresh-water rivers near the equator. Because of this rapid movement south, the A2 haplogroup and its diverse branches are found throughout North and South America.
What do people with the surname Medina 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.
"Medina" Surname 37.6%
23andMe Users 41.3%
When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.
"Medina" Surname 32.0%
23andMe Users 27.9%
Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.
"Medina" Surname 21.0%
23andMe Users 21.1%
A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
"Medina" Surname 15.8%
23andMe Users 16.4%