Explore the Family Name Totten

The meaning of Totten

English: 1. variant of Tutin. This name derives either from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Tot(t)ing or Tut(t)ing, pet forms of Old English Tot(t)a or Tut(t)a; or is a topographic name from an unrecorded Middle English word toting ‘lookout place’, a derivative of Old English tōtian ‘to peep out, stick out’. 2. habitational name from Totnes (Devon), derived from the Old English personal name Totta + Old English næss ‘promontory, headland’.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Totten has seen a slight decrease in popularity between 2000 and 2010. The rank in 2000 was 4886, whereas in 2010 it fell to 5125, marking a decrease of around 4.89%. However, the actual count of people with this surname increased from 6600 in 2000 to 6828 in 2010, indicating an increase of 3.45%. Similarly, the proportion per 100k people decreased slightly by 5.71% from 2.45 in 2000 to 2.31 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k2.452.31-5.71%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Totten

When looking at the ethnic identity associated with the surname Totten from the Decennial U.S. Census data, we see an interesting shift between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, the majority of those with the surname identified as White (82.59%), followed by Black (12.44%). By 2010, while the majority still identified as White, the percentage had dropped to 80.17%, and the percentage identifying as Black had risen slightly to 13.37%. The percentages identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, having two or more races, Hispanic, and American Indian and Alaskan Native also saw increases, with the largest being a 35.45% increase in those identifying as having two or more races.

Two or More Races1.89%2.56%35.45%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.7%0.85%21.43%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.39%0.47%20.51%

Totten 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 Totten is British & Irish, which comprises 52.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (24.3%) and Eastern European (5.2%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Nigerian, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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British & Irish52.5%
French & German24.3%
Eastern European5.2%

Possible origins of the surname Totten

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

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom86.40%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom86.40%
Merseyside, United Kingdom86.40%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom86.40%
West Midlands, United Kingdom86.40%

What Totten 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 Totten is R-Z159, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z159 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and I-Z60, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Creel, Wilber, Westfall, Hobson, Cloud, Newcomb, Ashmore, Crenshaw, Wilbur, Logue.

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

tottenPaternal 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 Totten 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.

"Totten" Surname 35.2%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Totten" Surname 19.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Totten" Surname 26.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Totten" Surname 16.7%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Totten?

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 Totten 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%