Explore the Family Name Severson

The meaning of Severson

1. Americanized form of Norwegian and Danish Sivertsen or of any of its cognates, such as Norwegian Syvertsen, the very rare Norwegian and Danish Siversen, and Swedish Sivertsson. Compare Severtson and Siverson. 2. In some cases possibly also an Americanized form of North German Sievertsen (see Siverson 3).

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

Based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname "Severson" has seen a slight decrease in popularity over the decade. In 2000, Severson was ranked 3,209th most common surname but decreased to the 3,436th position in 2010, marking a change of -7.07%. Despite this drop in rank, the actual count of individuals with the Severson surname increased slightly from 10,214 people in 2000 to 10,391 in 2010, presenting a growth of 1.73%.

Proportion per 100k3.793.52-7.12%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Severson

Regarding ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data indicates some shifts in the distribution of the surname Severson. In 2000, the vast majority of individuals with this surname identified as White (95.18%), a figure that slightly decreased to 93.57% by 2010. There was an increase in the percentage of people identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, from 0.71% to 0.82%, and those identifying with two or more races, from 1.13% to 1.41%. The proportion of individuals identifying as Hispanic experienced the most significant change, increasing from 1.37% to 2.29%. Black representation also grew from 1.04% to 1.34%, while the percentage of American Indian and Alaskan Natives remained stable at 0.57%.

Two or More Races1.13%1.41%24.78%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.71%0.82%15.49%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.57%0.57%0%

Severson 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 Severson is British & Irish, which comprises 32.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are Scandinavian (31.7%) and French & German (20.7%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Italian, Indigenous American, and Chinese.

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British & Irish32.6%
French & German20.7%

Possible origins of the surname Severson

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 Severson have recent ancestry locations in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom79.20%
Greater London, United Kingdom79.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom78.80%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom78.80%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom78.50%

What Severson 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 Severson is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-Z282 and R-P312, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Dahl, Iverson, Gunderson, Gilbertson, Wold, Haugen, Olson, Paulson, Gustafson, Mickelson.

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

seversonPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

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 Severson 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.

"Severson" Surname 52.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Severson" Surname 30.1%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Severson" Surname 25.2%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Severson" Surname 19.7%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Severson?

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 Severson 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%