Explore the Family Name Wallace

The meaning of Wallace

1. Scottish and English: variant of Wallis, especially in Scotland, where the name was introduced from the Welsh Marches by a family of tenants of the Stewarts in the 12th century. 2. Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish (Ashkenazic) surnames, e.g. Wallach.

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

The popularity of the surname Wallace, according to data from the Decennial U.S. Census, experienced a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Wallace was the 113th most popular surname, but by 2010 it had slipped to 123rd place, representing an overall rank change of -8.85. However, the actual count of people with the surname increased by around 3.42%, from 190,760 in 2000 to 197,276 in 2010. Despite this rise in count, its proportion per 100,000 people fell by 5.42, indicating that while more people bear the surname, its prevalence compared to other surnames has decreased.

20002010Change
Rank#113#123-8.85%
Count190,760197,2763.42%
Proportion per 100k70.7166.88-5.42%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wallace

On the matter of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census reveals shifts in the distribution of the Wallace surname across various ethnic groups over a decade. While the ethnicity identified most frequently with the Wallace surname remains White (69.24% in 2010), the percentage has seen a slight decrease since 2000 when it stood at 71.76%. The Hispanic and 'Two or more races' categories have experienced significant increases, with changes of 50.61% and 34.30% respectively. The group identifying as Black showed a small increase of 4.09%, making up 24.70% of Wallaces in 2010. Smaller increases were also observed in the Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native categories.

20002010Change
White71.76%69.24%-3.51%
Black23.73%24.7%4.09%
Hispanic1.64%2.47%50.61%
Two or More Races1.72%2.31%34.3%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.73%0.77%5.48%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.43%0.51%18.6%

Wallace 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 Wallace is British & Irish, which comprises 54.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (20.3%) and Eastern European (4.2%). Additional ancestries include Nigerian, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish54.3%
French & German20.3%
Eastern European4.2%
Other21.2%
Wallace

Possible origins of the surname Wallace

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 Wallace have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom83.80%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom83.70%
Merseyside, United Kingdom83.60%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom83.60%
West Midlands, United Kingdom83.20%

What Wallace 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 Wallace is I-BY23, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-BY23 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include R-DF98 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Smith, Wilson, Taylor, White, Johnson, Brown, Watson, Thompson, Green, Young.

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

wallacePaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170

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 Wallace 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

Wallace

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Wallace" Surname 40.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Wallace

Misophonia

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

"Wallace" Surname 23.7%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Wallace

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wallace" Surname 21.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Wallace

Migraine

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

"Wallace" Surname 18.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wallace?

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 Wallace 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%