The meaning of Wechsler
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a money changer, Middle High German wëhselære, German Wechsler, Yiddish veksler. Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Chaim, Hyman, Meyer, Yehuda.
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How common is the last name Wechsler in the United States?
Based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Wechsler saw a drop in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked 14,634th most popular, but by 2010, it had dropped to 15,806th place, reflecting an 8.01% decrease. The count of individuals with this surname also slightly decreased during this period, from 1,864 people in 2000 to 1,842 in 2010, marking a decline of 1.18%. Consequently, the proportion of Wechslers per 100,000 people also fell by 10.14%.
|Proportion per 100k
Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wechsler
The ethnic identity associated with the Wechsler surname, as shown in the Decennial U.S. Census data, experienced certain shifts from 2000 to 2010. While the majority of people with this surname identified as White (93.21% in 2010, down from 95.33% in 2000), there were increases in those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic, rising by 40.74% and 43.85% respectively. Those identifying with two or more races also increased by 58.33%. However, the percentage of Wechslers identifying as Black or American Indian and Alaskan Native was recorded at 0 in 2010.
|Two or More Races
|American Indian and Alaskan Native
Wechsler 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 Wechsler is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 46.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (19.2%) and French & German (13.0%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Chinese, and Indigenous American.
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|British & Irish
|French & German
Possible origins of the surname Wechsler
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 Wechsler have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.
|RECENT ANCESTRY Location
|Glasgow City, United Kingdom
|Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom
|Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
|Lancashire, United Kingdom
|Greater London, United Kingdom
What Wechsler 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 Wechsler 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 Wechsler surname are: H1, H, U5. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.
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.
What do people with the surname Wechsler 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.
"Wechsler" Surname 44.4%
23andMe Users 41.3%
Hair that is blonde or light brown in color
"Wechsler" Surname 46.2%
23andMe Users 50.5%
Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.
"Wechsler" Surname 23.8%
23andMe Users 21.1%
A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
"Wechsler" Surname 20.7%
23andMe Users 16.4%
Are health conditions linked to the last name Wechsler?
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 Wechsler are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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%