Explore the Family Name Slocum

The meaning of Slocum

English: habitational name from Slocum in Shorwell (Isle of Wight) or Slocombeslade in Brendon (Devon). Both placenames derive from Old English slāh ‘sloe, blackthorn’ + cumb ‘valley’. History: Anthony Slocombe or Slocum (1590–1674/5) came from Taunton, Somerset, England, to Taunton, MA, in 1637.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Slocum has seen a slight change in its popularity between the years 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Slocum was ranked 3667 in terms of popularity, but by 2010 it had slipped to rank 3899, representing a decrease of 6.33%. However, despite the drop in ranking, the actual count of people with the Slocum surname increased from 8904 in 2000 to 9102 in 2010, an increase of 2.22%. The proportion per 100k also saw a decrease of 6.36% during this period.

20002010Change
Rank#3,667#3,899-6.33%
Count8,9049,1022.22%
Proportion per 100k3.33.09-6.36%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Slocum

In terms of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals diverse backgrounds among those bearing the Slocum surname. Between 2000 and 2010, there was a significant increase in the percentage of those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander (from 0.28% to 0.49%) and those reporting two or more races (from 1.11% to 1.81%). The representation of Hispanic identity also rose from 1.31% to 2.10%, while the proportion of Black individuals slightly increased from 8.85% to 9.28%. On the other hand, the proportion of White individuals dropped slightly from 88.06% to 85.89%. The percentage of American Indian and Alaskan Native representation also saw a small rise from 0.38% to 0.42%.

20002010Change
White88.06%85.89%-2.46%
Black8.85%9.28%4.86%
Hispanic1.31%2.1%60.31%
Two or More Races1.11%1.81%63.06%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.28%0.49%75%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.38%0.42%10.53%

Slocum 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 Slocum is British & Irish, which comprises 50.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (25.7%) and Scandinavian (5.3%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish50.7%
French & German25.7%
Scandinavian5.3%
Other18.3%
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Possible origins of the surname Slocum

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 Slocum have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom90.90%
Greater London, United Kingdom90.90%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom90.90%
Merseyside, United Kingdom90.90%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom90.90%

What Slocum 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 Slocum is R-CTS3402, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS3402 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include R-M417 and R-Z2534, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Treat, Deason, Woodall, Fender, Pagel, Wager, Troutman, Klotz, Tarantino, Ostrowski.

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

slocumPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M420

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 Slocum 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

Slocum

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Slocum" Surname 49.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Slocum

Misophonia

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

"Slocum" Surname 25.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Slocum

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Slocum" Surname 28.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Slocum

Migraine

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

"Slocum" Surname 20.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Slocum?

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 Slocum 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%