Explore the Family Name Rohrer

The meaning of Rohrer

German and Swiss German (also Röhrer): habitational name for someone from any of the many places all over Germany, also in Austria and Switzerland, named Rohr or with Middle High German rōr ‘reed bed’ or rōr ‘well, channel’ (see Rohr). This surname is also found in France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine). Compare Rehrer, Rhorer, Roehrer, Rorer, and Rorrer. History: The surname Röhrer is listed along with the variant Roehrer in the (US) National Huguenot Society’s register of qualified Huguenot ancestors.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Rohrer saw a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. In the year 2000, Rohrer was ranked as the 4,372nd most popular surname in the United States, but by 2010, it had dropped to the 4,580th position, marking a decrease of 4.76%. Despite this drop in rank, the count of individuals bearing the Rohrer surname increased by 3.2% during the same period, from 7,510 in 2000 to 7,750 in 2010. However, when adjusted for population growth, the proportion of individuals with the Rohrer surname per 100,000 people declined by 5.4%.

Proportion per 100k2.782.63-5.4%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Rohrer

The ethnicity analysis of individuals with the Rohrer surname, also based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, shows interesting changes between 2000 and 2010. The largest ethnic group remained consistently White, although it decreased slightly from 97.40% in 2000 to 95.69% in 2010. The Hispanic representation more than doubled, rising from 0.91% to 1.83%. The proportion of Asian/Pacific Islanders and American Indian and Alaskan Natives also increased, with the former seeing an increase of 63.64% and the latter an increase of 76.19%. Lastly, those identifying with two or more races increased by 34.83%, while the percentage of Black individuals increased by 44%.

Two or More Races0.89%1.2%34.83%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.33%0.54%63.64%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.21%0.37%76.19%

Rohrer 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 Rohrer is French & German, which comprises 39.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (39.2%) and Eastern European (6.4%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Chinese.

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French & German39.4%
British & Irish39.2%
Eastern European6.4%

Possible origins of the surname Rohrer

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 Rohrer have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom83.50%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom83.50%
Greater London, United Kingdom83.50%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom83.50%
Merseyside, United Kingdom82.90%

What Rohrer 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 Rohrer is R-Z30, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z30 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-U152 and R-P312, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Lenhart, Baxley, Wickham, Duckett, Mize, Beecher, Torrey, Pease, Brockman, Bobo.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Rohrer surname are: T2, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

rohrerPaternal 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 Rohrer 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.

"Rohrer" Surname 44.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Rohrer" Surname 18.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Rohrer" Surname 29.7%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Rohrer" Surname 14.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Rohrer?

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 Rohrer 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

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%