Explore the Family Name Weiser

The meaning of Weiser

German: 1. nickname meaning ‘wise man’, from an agent derivative of Middle High German wīsen ‘to teach’. 2. variant of Weisser. Compare Wiser. History: Johann Conrad Weiser (1696–1760), the son of a magistrate, came from Gross Anspach, Württemberg, Germany, to Schoharie, NY, in 1710, and became an influential Indian agent among the Iroquois. He left 15 children.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Weiser has seen a subtle change between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Weiser was ranked 5980th in terms of popularity but dropped to the 6302nd position by 2010, denoting a decrease of 5.38%. However, the count of people carrying the Weiser surname slightly increased from 5301 in 2000 to 5421 in 2010, marking an increase of 2.26%. The proportion per 100,000 people declined, though, from 1.97 to 1.84, marking a fall of 6.6%.

Proportion per 100k1.971.84-6.6%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Weiser

The ethnic identity associated with the surname Weiser also saw shifts during this time as indicated by data from the Decennial U.S. Census. Predominantly associated with white ethnicity, the percentage fell marginally from 95.55% in 2000 to 94.78% in 2010. The representation of Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native identities increased by 16.28% and 14.00%, respectively. Hispanic representation also increased noticeably from 1.30% in 2000 to 1.97% in 2010, marking a significant rise of 51.54%. The Black community saw the most substantial growth with the Weiser surname, increasing by 66.67% despite still making up a small portion (0.35%) of the total in 2010. Those identifying with two or more races declined from 1.51% to 1.25%, a drop of 17.22%.

Two or More Races1.51%1.25%-17.22%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1%1.14%14%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.43%0.5%16.28%

Weiser 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 Weiser is British & Irish, which comprises 31.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (29.9%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (21.8%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish31.3%
French & German29.9%
Ashkenazi Jewish21.8%

Possible origins of the surname Weiser

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 Weiser have recent ancestry locations in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom69.90%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom69.90%
Merseyside, United Kingdom69.10%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom69.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom69.10%

What Weiser 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 Weiser is I-Y7477, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-Y7477 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include J-CTS5368 and R-L48, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Schoenfeld, Isaacson, August, Sachs, Richman, Glasser, Kline, Schweitzer, Schwartz, Siebert.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Weiser surname are: H1, H, U5a1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

weiserPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to Alexander Hamilton

Early in the morning on July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr (then Vice President of the United States) and Alexander Hamilton (founder of the U.S. Treasury) dueled on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. This marked the culmination of a bitter personal and political rivalry between the two men. Alexander Hamilton died as a result of the duel, but his intellectual legacy survives in the founding documents of the nation he helped build. A piece of his genetic legacy survives as well: in the 21st century, genealogists documented the paternal haplogroups of dozens of Hamilton's living descendants and concluded that the Founding Father's paternal haplogroup was a branch of I-DF29.

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 Weiser 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.

"Weiser" Surname 49.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Weiser" Surname 26.1%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Weiser" Surname 20.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Weiser" Surname 23.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Weiser?

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 Weiser 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%