Explore the Family Name Myers

The meaning of Myers

1. Irish (Tipperary, Limerick and Waterford): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Meidhir ‘descendant of Meidhir’, with post-medieval excrescent -s. Meidhir is a personal name based on meidhir ‘mirth’. 2. English (northern): variant of Myer, with post-medieval excrescent -s. 3. English (northern): habitational name from one or more of the minor placenames derived from Middle English mire ‘marsh’ (Old Norse mýrr) in the plural form, such as Melmerby Mire in Melmerby, or Mires in Docker (both Cumbria). 4. Americanized form of German and Dutch Meyers or Mayers, and also of Meyer or Mayer, with excrescent -s. History: As a name of Swiss German origin (see 4 above) the surname Myers is established among the American Mennonites (compare Meyers and Moyers).

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Myers has experienced a decline in rank from 85 in 2000 to 96 in 2010; this represents a drop of nearly 13%. However, the overall count of individuals bearing the Myers surname increased by 2.26%, from 224,824 in 2000 to 229,895 in 2010. The proportion per 100,000 people also saw a decrease from 83.34 in 2000 to 77.94 in 2010, indicating a 6.48% reduction in frequency.

20002010Change
Rank#85#96-12.94%
Count224,824229,8952.26%
Proportion per 100k83.3477.94-6.48%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Myers

As for the ethnic identity associated with the Myers surname, the Decennial U.S. Census data indicates several changes between 2000 and 2010. The Asian/Pacific Islander group saw an increase of 31.58%, and those identifying with two or more races also increased by 33.33%. Meanwhile, the percentage of Whites with the Myers surname decreased slightly by 2.41%. There was a significant rise in the Hispanic category, with a 50% increase. The percentage of Blacks with the Myers surname rose modestly by 8.10%, and the American Indian and Alaskan Native category saw a minor increase of 3.77%.

20002010Change
White86.59%84.5%-2.41%
Black9.75%10.54%8.1%
Hispanic1.4%2.1%50%
Two or More Races1.35%1.8%33.33%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.53%0.55%3.77%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.38%0.5%31.58%

Myers 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 Myers is British & Irish, which comprises 46.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (31.1%) and Eastern European (4.1%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Nigerian.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish46.3%
French & German31.1%
Eastern European4.1%
Other18.6%
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Possible origins of the surname Myers

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 Myers have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom84.20%
Merseyside, United Kingdom84.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom84.10%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom84.00%
West Midlands, United Kingdom83.80%

What Myers 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 Myers is R-Z19, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z19 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-U152 and R-L664, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Meyer, Meyers, Miller, Becker, Fisher, Schmidt, Schneider, Fischer, Wagner, Smith.

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

myersPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to King Louis XVI

The rule of France by men of the House of Bourbon began with King Henri IV in 1589 C.E. and continued until the beheading of his direct paternal descendant King Louis XVI in 1793. Several years ago, researchers analyzed a mummified head and a blood-soaked cloth that they believed might belong to the two kings, and concluded that the royal paternal line belonged to haplogroup G. In a more recent study, however, a different set of researchers tested three living men who are direct descendants of the Bourbon kings. Their efforts revealed that the male lineage of the House of Bourbon is actually a branch of haplogroup R-M405.

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 Myers 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

Myers

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Myers" Surname 41.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Myers

Misophonia

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

"Myers" Surname 30.2%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Myers

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Myers" Surname 24.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Myers

Cat Allergy

An allergic reaction to cats, characterized by symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and difficulty breathing.

"Myers" Surname 35.5%

23andMe Users 36.7%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Myers?

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 Myers 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%