Explore the Family Name Olds

The meaning of Olds

English (southwestern): nickname from Middle English old(e) ‘old’ (Old English eald), with post-medieval excrescent -s, used not always to imply old age but also to distinguish the older of two bearers of the same personal name.

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

Based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Olds has experienced a slight decrease in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked at 4355 and by 2010, it fell to rank 4627, marking a 6.25% decrease. However, despite this drop in rank, the actual count of people with the surname Olds increased by 1.82%, rising from 7533 in 2000 to 7670 in 2010. This corresponds to a decrease in proportion per 100k people from 2.79 to 2.6, resulting in a -6.81% change.

20002010Change
Rank#4,355#4,627-6.25%
Count7,5337,6701.82%
Proportion per 100k2.792.6-6.81%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Olds

On the ethnicity front, the Olds surname presents an interesting composition, again based on the Decennial U.S. Census. White individuals form the majority, making up 76.13% in 2000 and 74.05% in 2010, though there is a minor dip of 2.73%. Black individuals make up the second-largest group, with a slightly increasing presence from 19.26% in 2000 to 19.47% in 2010. The ethnic group which saw the most notable increase are those identifying as two or more races; their representation climbed from 1.13% in 2000 to 2.69% in 2010, showing a significant growth of 138.05%. Hispanics also saw an increase, from 1.69% to 2.20%, marking a 30.18% rise. Meanwhile, Asian/Pacific Islanders and American Indian and Alaskan Natives both saw a decline in their percentages, with the former dropping from 0.84% to 0.69% and the latter from 0.96% to 0.90%.

20002010Change
White76.13%74.05%-2.73%
Black19.26%19.47%1.09%
Two or More Races1.13%2.69%138.05%
Hispanic1.69%2.2%30.18%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.96%0.9%-6.25%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.84%0.69%-17.86%

Olds 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 Olds is British & Irish, which comprises 49.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (25.6%) and Eastern European (4.7%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Nigerian, Italian, and Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish49.3%
French & German25.6%
Eastern European4.7%
Other20.4%
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Possible origins of the surname Olds

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 Olds have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom89.00%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom89.00%
West Midlands, United Kingdom89.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom89.00%
Greater London, United Kingdom89.00%

What Olds 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 Olds is R-DF95, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-DF95 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L2 and R-P312, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Elmer, Lunsford, Snead, Damron, Pipkin, Hooten, Sneed, Knowlton, Coen, Bouchard.

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

oldsPaternal 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 Olds 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

Olds

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Olds" Surname 60.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Olds

Misophonia

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

"Olds" Surname 22.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Olds

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Olds" Surname 19.4%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Olds

Migraine

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

"Olds" Surname 22.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Olds?

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 Olds 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%