Explore the Family Name Washburn

The meaning of Washburn

English: habitational name from Great and Little Washbourne (Gloucestershire), or Washbourne in Halwell (Devon). The Gloucestershire placename derives from Old English wæsse (genitive wæssan) ‘wet place, swamp, marsh’ + burna ‘spring, stream’. The Devon placename derives from Old English wæsce ‘place for washing’ + burna. History: John Washburn came to MA in 1626 and settled in Duxbury, MA, in 1632.

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

According to the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Washburn witnessed a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. Ranking as the 1685th most popular name in 2000, it fell to the 1793rd position in 2010, marking a change of -6.41%. However, the total count of individuals bearing the surname increased from 19,505 to 20,030 during this time period, indicating a growth of 2.69%. The proportion per 100,000 individuals also saw a decrease from 7.23 to 6.79, a -6.09% change.

20002010Change
Rank#1,685#1,793-6.41%
Count19,50520,0302.69%
Proportion per 100k7.236.79-6.09%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Washburn

In terms of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals that the majority of individuals with the surname Washburn identified as White in both 2000 and 2010, although there was a slight decrease from 93.66% to 92.53%. The percentage of those identifying as Hispanic showed the largest increase, jumping from 1.39% to 1.96%, a 41.01% change. The Asian/Pacific Islander, Two or more races, and American Indian and Alaskan Native categories also saw increases, while the percentage identifying as Black decreased slightly from 1.38% to 1.35%.

20002010Change
White93.66%92.53%-1.21%
Hispanic1.39%1.96%41.01%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.65%1.89%14.55%
Two or More Races1.44%1.79%24.31%
Black1.38%1.35%-2.17%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.48%0.49%2.08%

Washburn 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 Washburn is British & Irish, which comprises 55.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (25.2%) and Scandinavian (4.9%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Indigenous American, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish55.0%
French & German25.2%
Scandinavian4.9%
Other14.9%
Washburn

Possible origins of the surname Washburn

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 Washburn have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom93.10%
West Midlands, United Kingdom93.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom93.10%
Merseyside, United Kingdom92.50%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom92.50%

What Washburn 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 Washburn is I-Y6375, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-Y6375 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include I-M253 and R-Z156, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Sorrell, Windsor, Day, Bullock, Smith, Sims, Lacey, Meyer, Albrecht, Adams.

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

washburnPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to Alexander Hamilton

Early in the morning on July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr (then Vice President of the United States) and Alexander Hamilton (founder of the U.S. Treasury) dueled on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. This marked the culmination of a bitter personal and political rivalry between the two men. Alexander Hamilton died as a result of the duel, but his intellectual legacy survives in the founding documents of the nation he helped build. A piece of his genetic legacy survives as well: in the 21st century, genealogists documented the paternal haplogroups of dozens of Hamilton's living descendants and concluded that the Founding Father's paternal haplogroup was a branch of I-DF29.

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 Washburn 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

Washburn

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Washburn" Surname 39.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Washburn

Misophonia

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

"Washburn" Surname 23.1%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Washburn

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Washburn" Surname 22.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Washburn

Migraine

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

"Washburn" Surname 17.2%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Washburn?

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 Washburn 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%