Explore the Family Name Wathen

The meaning of Wathen

Welsh: possibly from the personal name Gwaiddan, which is found as part of placenames in Robeston Wathen, near Narberth, Pembrokeshire, and the nearby Llanwathen (from Welsh llan ‘church’ + Gwaiddon).

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

Based on the data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Wathen saw a slight decrease in popularity from 2000 to 2010, moving from rank 9185 to 9479, a change of -3.2%. However, the actual count of people with this surname increased by 5.08% during the same period. The proportion of people with the Wathen surname per 100,000 decreased by -4.13%, shifting from 1.21 in 2000 to 1.16 in 2010.

20002010Change
Rank#9,185#9,479-3.2%
Count3,2663,4325.08%
Proportion per 100k1.211.16-4.13%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wathen

In terms of ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows some fluctuations for the surname Wathen between 2000 and 2010. There was a notable increase in those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander (20.59%), Two or more races (25.26%), Hispanic (42.63%), and American Indian and Alaskan Native (61.11%). On the other hand, there was a minor decrease within the Black community (-6.84%) and the White community (-1.12%). This suggests that while the surname Wathen is predominantly white, its ethnic identity is becoming more diverse over time.

20002010Change
White94%92.95%-1.12%
Hispanic1.9%2.71%42.63%
Black2.63%2.45%-6.84%
Two or More Races0.95%1.19%25.26%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.34%0.41%20.59%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.18%0.29%61.11%

Wathen 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 Wathen is British & Irish, which comprises 64.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (18.7%) and Scandinavian (3.8%). Additional ancestries include Spanish & Portuguese, Eastern European, Indigenous American, Italian, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish64.9%
French & German18.7%
Scandinavian3.8%
Other12.6%
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Possible origins of the surname Wathen

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 Wathen have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom94.40%
South Yorkshire, United Kingdom94.40%
County Durham, United Kingdom94.40%
Belfast, United Kingdom93.10%
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom91.70%

What Wathen 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 Wathen 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 Wathen surname are: H1, H, N. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

wathenPaternal 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 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 Wathen 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

Wathen

Vanilla Ice Cream

Prefers vanilla flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Wathen" Surname 41.2%

23andMe Users 36.7%

Traits

Wathen

Cheek Dimples

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

"Wathen" Surname 38.5%

23andMe Users 37.6%

Habits

Wathen

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wathen" Surname 22.7%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Wathen

Migraine

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

"Wathen" Surname 19.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wathen?

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 Wathen 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%