Explore the Family Name Singer

The meaning of Singer

1. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a cantor in a synagogue, from Yiddish zinger ‘singer’. 2. English and Scottish (Aberdeenshire): occupational name from Middle English singer(e) ‘singer, cantor, reciter of verse, player of a musical instrument’. See also Sing, Sanger. 3. English: perhaps from an unrecorded Anglo-Norman French and Middle English personal name Sinegar, an Old French borrowing of ancient Germanic Sineger (from an augmentative prefix + gēr ‘spear’). 4. German: variant of Sänger (see Sanger 1) in the sense of ‘poet’. 5. American shortened form of German Reisinger. 6. Native American (Navajo): translation into English (and shortening) of a Navajo personal name based on the occupational name hataałii ‘singer (i.e. medicine man)’, such as Hataałii Yázhí ‘Little Singer’; see Hatathlie. History: Isaac Merrit Singer, inventor of the eponymous sewing machine, was born in 1811 in Pittstown, NY, the son of German immigrant Adam Reisinger. Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Hyman, Isadore, Emanuel, Meyer, Yisrael, Mort, Yetta, Yosef, Aron, Chaim.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname "Singer" has seen a slight dip in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000 it was ranked the 1,261st most common surname in the U.S., but by 2010 it had slipped to 1,366th place, marking an 8.33% decrease in rank. Despite this, the actual count of people with the surname increased slightly from 25,599 in 2000 to 25,828 in 2010, a growth of 0.89%. This indicates that while the relative popularity decreased, the absolute number of individuals with the surname "Singer" grew over the decade.

20002010Change
Rank#1,261#1,366-8.33%
Count25,59925,8280.89%
Proportion per 100k9.498.76-7.69%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Singer

In terms of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals some changes in the distribution among those with the surname "Singer". The proportion of Singers identifying as white decreased slightly from 91.65% in 2000 to 90.38% in 2010, a change of -1.39%. Meanwhile, the proportion of Singers identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic saw increases of 55.00% and 49.71% respectively, albeit from relatively low bases. Those identifying as black or American Indian and Alaskan Native both saw minor decreases in their proportions. Individuals reporting two or more races increased by 19.51%, indicating a growing diversity within the Singer surname population.

20002010Change
White91.65%90.38%-1.39%
American Indian and Alaskan Native2.64%2.58%-2.27%
Hispanic1.71%2.56%49.71%
Black2.17%2.09%-3.69%
Two or More Races1.23%1.47%19.51%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.6%0.93%55%

Singer 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 Singer is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 39.8% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (23.3%) and French & German (17.8%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
Ashkenazi Jewish39.8%
British & Irish23.3%
French & German17.8%
Other19.1%
Singer

Possible origins of the surname Singer

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 Singer have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom53.60%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom53.50%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom53.30%
Merseyside, United Kingdom53.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom53.00%

What Singer 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 Singer is R-U152, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-U152 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include I-Z58 and J-CTS5368, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Kaufman, Schwartz, Weiss, Berger, Herman, Grossman, Stein, Klein, Rosenthal, Kramer.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Singer surname are: H1, H, K1a1b1a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

singerPaternal 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 Singer 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

Singer

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Singer" Surname 41.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Singer

Misophonia

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

"Singer" Surname 23.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Singer

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Singer" Surname 15.4%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Singer

Migraine

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

"Singer" Surname 16.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Singer?

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 Singer 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

Ashkenazi Jewish 57.0%

23andMe Users 57.2%