Explore the Family Name Weidman

The meaning of Weidman

1. Americanized form of German Weidmann 1 ‘huntsman’. 2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Weidmann 2.

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

The surname Weidman, according to the Decennial U.S. Census data, has seen a slight dip in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Weidman ranked as the 7125th most popular surname, but by 2010, it had fallen slightly to 7629th, a change of -7.07%. Despite this decrease in rank, the actual count of individuals with the Weidman surname increased marginally from 4325 in 2000 to 4350 in 2010, an increase of 0.58%. The proportion of individuals named Weidman per 100k people also decreased by -8.12%.

20002010Change
Rank#7,125#7,629-7.07%
Count4,3254,3500.58%
Proportion per 100k1.61.47-8.12%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Weidman

Regarding the ethnic identity associated with the Weidman surname, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals that the majority of Weidmans are White (94.51% in 2010), though this percentage has slightly decreased since 2000 when it was 96.18%. The Hispanic representation among Weidmans saw the most significant increase, rising from 0.76% in 2000 to 1.93% in 2010, a change of 153.95%. The percentages of those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and those of two or more races also increased. However, the Black representation decreased slightly from 1.36% in 2000 to 1.17% in 2010, a change of -13.97%. The American Indian and Alaskan Native representation remained relatively stable, with a small increase from 0.25% to 0.28%.

20002010Change
White96.18%94.51%-1.74%
Hispanic0.76%1.93%153.95%
Two or More Races0.92%1.43%55.43%
Black1.36%1.17%-13.97%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.51%0.69%35.29%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.25%0.28%12%

Weidman 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 Weidman is French & German, which comprises 40.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (38.3%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (4.0%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Eastern European, Italian, Finnish, and Levantine.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
French & German40.4%
British & Irish38.3%
Ashkenazi Jewish4.0%
Other17.3%
Weidman

Possible origins of the surname Weidman

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 Weidman have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom75.90%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom75.90%
Merseyside, United Kingdom75.90%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom75.90%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom75.90%

What Weidman 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 Weidman 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-Z381 and R-M405, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Sack, Weigand, Andresen, Lipp, Lux, Lehr, Haug, Krug, Clausen, Berner.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Weidman surname are: H1, H, J1c. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

weidmanPaternal 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 Weidman 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

Weidman

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Weidman" Surname 45.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Weidman

Misophonia

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

"Weidman" Surname 24.1%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Weidman

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Weidman" Surname 23.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Weidman

Migraine

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

"Weidman" Surname 18.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Weidman?

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 Weidman 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%