Explore the Family Name Royer

The meaning of Royer

1. French and English (of Norman origin): occupational name from Old French roier ‘cartwright, wheelwright’. 2. French: from an ancient Germanic personal name composed of hrōd ‘fame, renown’ + hari, heri ‘army’. Compare Rodier. 3. English: occupational name from Middle English rouer(e) ‘rower, oarsman’, perhaps used for a sailor. 4. Altered form of German Reyer. History: The surname Royer of French origin (see 1 and 2 above) is listed in the register of Huguenot ancestors recognized by the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Some characteristic forenames: French Patrice, Alphonse, Andre, Emile, Fernand, Jacques, Rejean, Adelard, Clovis, Damien, Dominique, Elmire.

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

According to data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Royer has slightly decreased in rank from 3069 in the year 2000 to 3203 in 2010, marking a change of -4.37%. Despite this drop in ranking, the count of individuals with this surname increased by 4.09%, going from 10,836 in 2000 to 11,279 in 2010. The proportion of people named Royer per 100,000 also saw a decrease from 4.02 in 2000 to 3.82 in 2010, reflecting a change of -4.98%.

Proportion per 100k4.023.82-4.98%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Royer

In terms of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows that the majority of individuals with the Royer surname identify as White, though there was a slight decrease in this group from 94.23% in 2000 to 92.40% in 2010. A notable increase was observed within the Hispanic group, which grew by 71.11%, going from 1.35% in 2000 to 2.31% in 2010. Other increases were seen in those identifying as Black (a 21.01% increase) and those identifying with two or more races (a 27.36% increase). There were smaller increases among individuals identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native, with changes of 3.57% and 14.29% respectively.

Two or More Races1.06%1.35%27.36%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.56%0.58%3.57%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.42%0.48%14.29%

Royer 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 Royer is British & Irish, which comprises 39.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (38.4%) and Spanish & Portuguese (4.6%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Scandinavian, Italian, Indigenous American, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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British & Irish39.2%
French & German38.4%
Spanish & Portuguese4.6%

Possible origins of the surname Royer

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 Royer have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom78.20%
Greater London, United Kingdom78.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom78.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom78.20%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom77.50%

What Royer 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 Royer is I-Z140, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-Z140 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include E-V13 and R-P311, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Locklear, Munger, Hasty, Eby, Fortner, Benefield, Crawford, Newberry, Cagle, Faulkner.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Royer surname are: H3, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

royerPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to Alexander Hamilton

Early in the morning on July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr (then Vice President of the United States) and Alexander Hamilton (founder of the U.S. Treasury) dueled on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. This marked the culmination of a bitter personal and political rivalry between the two men. Alexander Hamilton died as a result of the duel, but his intellectual legacy survives in the founding documents of the nation he helped build. A piece of his genetic legacy survives as well: in the 21st century, genealogists documented the paternal haplogroups of dozens of Hamilton's living descendants and concluded that the Founding Father's paternal haplogroup was a branch of I-DF29.

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 Royer 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.

"Royer" Surname 34.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Royer" Surname 24.6%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Royer" Surname 18.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Royer" Surname 19.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Royer?

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 Royer 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%