Explore the Family Name Mosher

The meaning of Mosher

1. Altered form of English Moger. 2. English (Lancashire): variant of Moser. This form of the surname is rare in Britain. 3. Americanized form of South German and Swiss German Moser. 4. Americanized form of French Mongeau. History: This name has been brought from Somerset, England, to RI and ME in the mid-17th century.

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

According to data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Mosher has seen minor fluctuations between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it ranked 2134 in popularity with a count of 15,595 or a proportion of 5.78 per 100k people. By 2010, the rank had dropped slightly to 2325, but the total count had increased marginally to 15,672, equivalent to a proportion of 5.31 per 100k. This represents a decrease in popularity by 8.95% and an increase in count by 0.49%.

Proportion per 100k5.785.31-8.13%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Mosher

In terms of ethnicity, the same census data reveals that the majority of individuals with the Mosher surname identified as White in both 2000 and 2010 - 95.76% and 94.68% respectively. However, there was a slight drop in this percentage over the decade, at -1.13%. The second highest ethnicity representation is Hispanic, which showed a significant increase from 1.61% in 2000 to 2.41% in 2010, a change of 49.69%. Other ethnic identities include Asian/Pacific Islander, Two or more races, Black, and American Indian and Alaskan Native, all of which have also seen slight increases in their percentages over the decade.

Two or More Races1.33%1.44%8.27%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.56%0.64%14.29%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.4%0.41%2.5%

Mosher 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 Mosher is British & Irish, which comprises 48.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (28.9%) and Eastern European (5.2%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish48.9%
French & German28.9%
Eastern European5.2%

Possible origins of the surname Mosher

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 Mosher have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom87.40%
West Midlands, United Kingdom87.40%
Greater London, United Kingdom87.40%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom87.10%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom86.80%

What Mosher 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 Mosher 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-CTS241 and R-L51, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Dodds, Aldrich, Ashcraft, Mattingly, Landry, Cathcart, Ogle, Whiteside, Peabody, Mcshane.

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

mosherPaternal 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 Mosher 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.

"Mosher" Surname 40.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Mosher" Surname 26.3%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Mosher" Surname 21.3%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Mosher" Surname 18.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Mosher?

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 Mosher 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%