Explore the Family Name Weber

The meaning of Weber

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a weaver, Middle High German wëber, German Weber, an agent derivative of weben ‘to weave’. This form of the surname is also established in many other parts of Europe, notably in France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine), Poland, and the Netherlands. In Hungary it is mostly spelled Wéber and Véber. In Russia, Slovenia, Czechia, Slovakia, and Croatia it is (also) established in the Slavicized form Veber, which is in Czechia also spelled Vebr. Compare Waber, Weaber, Weaver, Webber, and Webre. History: As a name of ultimately Swiss German origin the surname Weber is also established among the American Mennonites. However, descendants of the early Mennonite settlers, who came to PA in the early 18th century, mostly bear the Americanized form of the name (see Weaver).

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

Based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Weber decreased in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked 252nd most popular surname, falling to 283rd in 2010, representing a 12.3% decrease. However, the actual count of individuals with the Weber surname slightly increased by 1.45% during the same period— from 107,866 to 109,433 people. Consequently, the proportion of people named Weber per 100,000 declined by 7.23%, from 39.99 in 2000 to 37.1 in 2010.

20002010Change
Rank#252#283-12.3%
Count107,866109,4331.45%
Proportion per 100k39.9937.1-7.23%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Weber

When it comes to ethnic identity, the distribution among bearers of the Weber surname also shifted somewhat between 2000 and 2010, according to data from the Decennial U.S. Census. The proportion identifying as White still dominated but slightly decreased by 1.35% from 95.58% to 94.29%. Those identifying as Hispanic saw the most considerable increase, with their proportion rising by 54.61% from 1.41% to 2.18%. There were also increases among those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander (up by 36.96% to 0.63%) and Black (up by 8.40% to 1.29%), along with a slight increase for those identifying with two or more races (up by 25.00% to 1.25%). The percentage of those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native remained constant at 0.36%.

20002010Change
White95.58%94.29%-1.35%
Hispanic1.41%2.18%54.61%
Black1.19%1.29%8.4%
Two or More Races1%1.25%25%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.46%0.63%36.96%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.36%0.36%0%

Weber 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 Weber is French & German, which comprises 38.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (33.4%) and Eastern European (7.6%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
French & German38.3%
British & Irish33.4%
Eastern European7.6%
Other20.7%
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Possible origins of the surname Weber

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 Weber have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom72.50%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom72.30%
Merseyside, United Kingdom72.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom72.10%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom72.00%

What Weber 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 Weber is R-U152, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-U152 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-P311 and E-V13, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Schmidt, Wagner, Becker, Meyer, Miller, Schneider, Mueller, Bauer, Hoffman, Keller.

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

weberPaternal 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 Weber 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

Weber

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Weber" Surname 40.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Weber

Misophonia

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

"Weber" Surname 25.3%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Weber

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Weber" Surname 20.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Weber

Migraine

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

"Weber" Surname 17.2%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Weber?

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 Weber 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

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%