Explore the Family Name Watters

The meaning of Watters

Scottish, English, and Irish: variant of Waters.

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

According to the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Watters has slightly decreased over the years. In 2000, Watters was ranked as the 2970th most common surname in the United States, but by 2010 it had slipped to the 3113th position, a decline of around 4.81 percent. Despite this drop in rank, the number of people carrying the Watters surname actually increased from 11,144 in 2000 to 11,569 in 2010, an increase of 3.81 percent. However, the proportion of individuals with the Watters surname per 100,000 people saw a slight decrease of 5.08 percent during the same period.

20002010Change
Rank#2,970#3,113-4.81%
Count11,14411,5693.81%
Proportion per 100k4.133.92-5.08%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Watters

In terms of ethnicity, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census shows some interesting trends for those with the Watters surname. The majority identify as White, though this percentage had a small decline from 85.10 percent in 2000 to 83.56 percent in 2010. Those identifying as Hispanic or of two or more ethnicities increased by 48.65 percent and 33.99 percent respectively. Black representation also saw a minor rise of 4.31 percent. Meanwhile, those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander showed a modest growth of 12 percent. On the other hand, there was a significant decrease of 22.92 percent among those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native.

20002010Change
White85.1%83.56%-1.81%
Black10.43%10.88%4.31%
Hispanic1.48%2.2%48.65%
Two or More Races1.53%2.05%33.99%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.96%0.74%-22.92%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.5%0.56%12%

Watters 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 Watters is British & Irish, which comprises 54.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (23.3%) and Scandinavian (4.9%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Nigerian.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish54.7%
French & German23.3%
Scandinavian4.9%
Other17.0%
Watters

Possible origins of the surname Watters

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 Watters have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom88.40%
Merseyside, United Kingdom88.40%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom88.40%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom87.80%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom87.80%

What Watters 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 Watters is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-Y4010 and R-L21, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Cameron, Mears, Sherman, Walden, Rees, Holliday, Gibbons, Pritchard, Howe, Hopkins.

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

wattersPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

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 Watters 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

Watters

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Watters" Surname 36.4%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Watters

Misophonia

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

"Watters" Surname 26.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Watters

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Watters" Surname 24.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Watters

Migraine

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

"Watters" Surname 18.2%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Watters?

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 Watters 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%