Explore the Family Name Weisman

The meaning of Weisman

Americanized form of German Weismann, and a variant of the same Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname. Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Mayer, Meyer, Myer, Chaia, Eliezer, Hyman, Isidor, Kopel, Nili, Tova.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Weisman has shifted in popularity over time. In 2000, Weisman was ranked as the 7112th most popular surname, representing a population of 4332 individuals and accounting for 1.61 per 100,000 people in the U.S. By 2010, however, its rank had fallen slightly to 7707, with the number of individuals carrying this surname decreasing marginally to 4308. This change led to a decreased proportion of 1.46 Weismans per 100,000 people, marking a drop of 9.32% in its prevalence compared to the previous decade.

Proportion per 100k1.611.46-9.32%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Weisman

On the matter of ethnicity, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census reveals interesting trends. As of 2000, the vast majority of individuals with the surname Weisman identified as White (97.18%), with smaller portions identifying as Hispanic (1.13%) or of Two or more races (0.99%). A negligible percentage identified as Asian/Pacific Islander. Fast forward to 2010, the proportion of White Weismans decreased slightly to 95.73%. However, there were notable increases in the percentages of Weismans who identified as Hispanic (up by 70.80% to 1.93%) and Asian/Pacific Islander (up by 66.67% to 0.70%). For the first time, some Weismans also identified as Black and American Indian and Alaskan Native, although these groups remain relatively small parts of the Weisman population.

Two or More Races0.99%1.21%22.22%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.42%0.7%66.67%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0%0.19%0%

Weisman 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 Weisman is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 61.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (14.7%) and French & German (9.6%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Chinese.

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Ashkenazi Jewish61.5%
British & Irish14.7%
French & German9.6%

Possible origins of the surname Weisman

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 Weisman have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom39.70%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom39.70%
Greater London, United Kingdom39.70%
Merseyside, United Kingdom38.80%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom38.80%

What Weisman 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 Weisman is G-P287, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup G-P287 is descended from haplogroup G-M201. Other common haplogroups include J-CTS5368 and E-M78, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Haber, Ginsberg, Sandler, Hassan, Margolis, Silverman, Lieberman, Brody, Schwartz, Adelman.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Weisman surname are: H1, H, K1a1b1a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

weismanPaternal Haplogroup Origins G-M201
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to Richard III

The much-maligned English Monarch, King Richard III, died in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 — likely the result of a severe blow to the back of his head. Richard's body was buried in a friary church in Leicester, but the structure was demolished less than 100 years later thanks to the dissolution of the Catholic Church in England, and many thought his skeleton lost to time. But, in 2012, a team of researchers decided to launch a hunt for the monarch's remains. On the first day of excavations, archaeologists uncovered a human skeleton with signs of scoliosis and severe head wounds, which matched descriptions of the English King. To confirm his identity, scientists compared the skeleton's paternal haplogroup, haplogroup G-P287, to the Y-chromosomes of living, paternal-line descendants of Richard's great-great-grandfather, King Edward III. But, there was a mismatch, suggesting that if the skeleton did indeed belong to Richard III, there must have been at least one instance of false-paternity in the 19-plus generations separating King Edward III from his living descendants. However, the scientists also tested Richard's mitochondrial DNA, and found an exact match with a documented matrilineal descendant of Richard's sister, Anne of York. In early 2013, the University of Leicester announced that — beyond any reasonable doubt — the skeleton belonged to Richard. Richard III's paternal lineage belongs to the G-P287 (G2) branch of haplogroup G-M201 (G).

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 Weisman 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.

"Weisman" Surname 43.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Weisman" Surname 28.6%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Weisman" Surname 13.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Weisman" Surname 11.7%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Weisman?

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 Weisman 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

Ashkenazi Jewish 57.0%

23andMe Users 57.2%