Explore the Family Name Oglesby

The meaning of Oglesby

Scottish and Irish: habitational name from the barony of Ogilvie in Glamis, Angus, whose name is probably Pictish, of uncertain origin and meaning. History: A Scottish family of this name descend from Gilibride, Earl of Angus (died c.1187), whose son Gilbert was granted the lands of Ogguluin (Ogilvie) in the late 12th century. Ogilvie was also the name of a barony in Banffshire, but that took its name from the surname.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Oglesby has seen a slight shift in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked as the 2733rd most popular surname, but by 2010 it had slipped to the 2919th position, marking a decrease of 6.81%. Despite this drop in rank, the total count of individuals with the Oglesby surname actually increased from 12,117 in 2000 to 12,271 in 2010, indicating a growth of 1.27%. The proportion per 100,000 people, however, decreased from 4.49 to 4.16 during this period, reflecting a -7.35% change.

Proportion per 100k4.494.16-7.35%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Oglesby

Regarding the ethnic identity associated with the surname Oglesby, the Decennial U.S. Census data indicates a diverse distribution. In 2010, the largest group identified as White (63.37%), followed by Black (31.20%). However, both these groups saw changes from 2000, with the percentage of Whites decreasing by 3.52% and Blacks increasing by 2.97%. Meanwhile, the Hispanic representation experienced a significant increase of 57.93%, albeit from a smaller base of 1.45% in 2000. The percentages of those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and Two or more races also grew by 40.00% and 25.42% respectively, while the proportion of American Indian and Alaskan Natives remained relatively stable at around 0.51%.

Two or More Races1.77%2.22%25.42%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.5%0.51%2%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.3%0.42%40%

Oglesby 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 Oglesby is British & Irish, which comprises 54.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (17.8%) and Nigerian (5.5%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Eastern European, Angolan & Congolese, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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British & Irish54.5%
French & German17.8%

Possible origins of the surname Oglesby

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 Oglesby have recent ancestry locations all within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom81.50%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom81.00%
West Midlands, United Kingdom81.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom81.00%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom80.60%

What Oglesby 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 Oglesby is I-Z190, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-Z190 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include R-S691 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Sewell, Hilliard, Henderson, Frazier, Giles, Alexander, Marsh, Humphrey, Patterson, Taylor.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Oglesby surname are: H1, H, H4a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

oglesbyPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170

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 Oglesby 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.

"Oglesby" Surname 37.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Oglesby" Surname 24.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Oglesby" Surname 22.2%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Oglesby" Surname 17.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Oglesby?

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 Oglesby 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%