Explore the Family Name Wasserman

The meaning of Wasserman

1. Altered form of German Wassermann. This surname is also found in the Netherlands. 2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational or artificial name from Wasser 2 + German Mann, Yiddish man ‘man’. Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Isadore, Hillel, Hyman, Shmuel, Aron, Chaim, Chana, Dror, Dvorah, Hava.

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

According to data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Wasserman has seen a slight decline over the past decade. In 2000, Wasserman ranked at 4853, but by 2010 it moved to 5297, representing a decrease of 9.15 percent. Similarly, the count of individuals with this surname decreased slightly from 6638 in 2000, to 6577 in 2010, a change of -0.92 percent. The proportion of people named Wasserman per 100k also fell by 9.35 percent, from 2.46 in 2000 to 2.23 in 2010.

Proportion per 100k2.462.23-9.35%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wasserman

The ethnic identity associated with the surname Wasserman, as indicated by the Decennial U.S. Census, saw some changes between 2000 and 2010. The largest demographic, Whites, slightly declined from 96.85 percent to 95.97 percent. The second most significant change was in the Hispanic ethnicity, which increased by 50.34 percent from 1.49 percent in 2000 to 2.24 percent in 2010. Interestingly, the Asian/Pacific Islander ethnicity also saw a substantial increase of 51.28 percent, although the overall representation remained relatively low at 0.59 percent in 2010. The proportion of individuals identifying as Two or more races fell by 19.28 percent, while the Black population increased by 31.03 percent to 0.38 percent in 2010. The American Indian and Alaskan Native category remained stable at 0.15 percent.

Two or More Races0.83%0.67%-19.28%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.39%0.59%51.28%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.15%0.15%0%

Wasserman 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 Wasserman is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 58.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (15.0%) and French & German (9.1%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Iranian, Caucasian & Mesopotamian, and Greek & Balkan.

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Ashkenazi Jewish58.7%
British & Irish15.0%
French & German9.1%

Possible origins of the surname Wasserman

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 Wasserman have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom36.30%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom36.30%
West Midlands, United Kingdom36.30%
Merseyside, United Kingdom35.80%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom35.80%

What Wasserman 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 Wasserman is E-L791, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup E-L791 is descended from haplogroup E-M96. Other common haplogroups include E-M5021 and R-CTS6, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Weiner, Goldberg, Rubin, Friedman, Silverman, Rosen, Goldstein, Gold, Stern, Berman.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Wasserman surname are: H1, H, K1a1b1a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

wassermanPaternal Haplogroup Origins E-M96
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to Napolean Bonaparte

The French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte descended from the common ancestor of haplogroup E-M34. The male line of the Bonaparte family was from Tuscany, where Napoleon's earliest known male ancestors lived for at least six generations. Eleven generations before Napoleon, his ancestor, Giovanni, was the first to leave Tuscany for Corsica. The Bonaparte lineage lived in Corsica for ten generations before Napoleon's father, Charles-Marie Bonaparte. Charles-Marie (born in 1746) married Napoleon's mother, Letizia Ramolino, at the age of 18 in 1764.

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 Wasserman 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.

"Wasserman" Surname 44.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Wasserman" Surname 27.3%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wasserman" Surname 13.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Wasserman" Surname 15.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wasserman?

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 Wasserman 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

Ashkenazi Jewish 57.0%

23andMe Users 57.2%