Explore the Family Name Wages

The meaning of Wages

German (mainly North Rhine-Westphalia): unexplained. This surname is rare in Germany.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname "Wages" has seen a slight decrease in rank from 2000 to 2010, moving from 7,373rd place to 7,915th. This indicates that while the overall count of individuals with this surname increased slightly by 0.34% to 4,180, its relative popularity decreased by 7.35%. The proportion of people in the U.S. with this surname per 100,000 people also decreased by 7.79%, from 1.54 to 1.42.

20002010Change
Rank#7,373#7,915-7.35%
Count4,1664,1800.34%
Proportion per 100k1.541.42-7.79%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wages

When it comes to the ethnic identity of people carrying the "Wages" surname, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows some changes between 2000 and 2010. While those identifying as White represented the majority of the group, there was a slight decrease in this percentage, from 89.63% to 88.33%. Meanwhile, the representation of Asian/Pacific Islanders and those indicating two or more races saw substantial increases, rising by 55.88% and 62.83% respectively. Hispanics also showed an increase from 1.80% to 2.30%. However, the percentage of Black individuals and American Indian and Alaskan Natives bearing the Wages surname changed minimally, with the former decreasing slightly and the latter increasing modestly.

20002010Change
White89.63%88.33%-1.45%
Black6.39%6.15%-3.76%
Hispanic1.8%2.3%27.78%
Two or More Races1.13%1.84%62.83%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.72%0.86%19.44%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.34%0.53%55.88%

Wages 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 Wages is British & Irish, which comprises 64.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (22.5%) and Spanish & Portuguese (2.9%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Scandinavian, Indigenous American, Nigerian, and Italian.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish64.5%
French & German22.5%
Spanish & Portuguese2.9%
Other10.1%
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Possible origins of the surname Wages

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 Wages have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom94.90%
Lancashire, United Kingdom94.90%
County Durham, United Kingdom94.90%
South Yorkshire, United Kingdom93.70%
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom92.40%

What Wages 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 Wages is O-F2415, which is predominantly found among people with East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry. Haplogroup O-F2415 is descended from haplogroup O-M1359. Other common haplogroups include E-M183 and O-F2859, which are predominantly found among people with European and East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry.

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

wagesPaternal Haplogroup Origins O-M1359
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to the Cham

One of the many populations harboring members of haplogroup O1b1a1a1a1 is the Cham ethnic group, a group of people who speak Austronesian languages in Mainland Southeast Asia. Austronesian languages make up a language family that is extremely large and widespread, comprising over 350 million people on islands such as Madagascar, Easter Island, and many others. However, Austronesian languages are less common on mainland Asia, with a notable exception being the Chamic language. Research suggests that ancestors of the Cham people migrated from Southeast Asian islands to the mainland around the year 500 BCE, and that early Cham populations quickly began mixing with indigenous southern Vietnamese populations. As a result, the Chamic language now has words that were borrowed from languages spoken by indigenous Vietnamese people. It is likely that an ancestral Kinh population was one of the populations that mixed with the Cham people shortly after their migration to mainland Asia.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to the nomadic Tuareg of the Sahara

Though haplogroup H1 rarely reaches high frequencies beyond western Europe, over 60% of eastern Tuareg in Libya belong to haplogroup H1. The Tuareg call themselves the Imazghan, meaning “free people.” They are an isolated, semi-nomadic people who inhabit the West-Central Sahara and are known today for a distinctive dark blue turban worn by the men, and for their long history as gatekeepers of the desert.How did women carrying H1 make it all the way from western Europe to this isolated community? They likely migrated from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar into Morocco after the Last Ice Age, where they were assimilated into the Berbers of the Mediterranean coast. Then, about 5,000 years ago, the Sahara shifted from a period of relative habitable conditions to its dramatically arid desert environment. This shift may have caused migrations throughout the Sahara, prompting the ancient Tuaregs to meet and mingle with the Berbers, bringing H1 lineages into their population.

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What do people with the surname Wages 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

Wages

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Wages" Surname 47.8%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

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Cheek Dimples

Small indentations that appear on the cheeks when a person smiles.

"Wages" Surname 42.9%

23andMe Users 37.6%

Habits

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Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wages" Surname 32.3%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

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Migraine

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

"Wages" Surname 18.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wages?

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 Wages 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%