Explore the Family Name Weissman

The meaning of Weissman

1. Altered form of German Weissmann. 2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Weissmann. Some characteristic forenames: Jewish Hyman, Arie, Meyer, Moshe, Syma, Arnon, Asher, Avi, Avrom, Batya, Hersch.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Weissman has seen a slight shift in popularity over the years. In 2000, Weissman ranked 7021 in terms of prevalence, with a count of 4401 individuals bearing this name. By 2010, though the rank had slipped to 7215, the actual count of individuals with the Weissman surname increased by 5.14% to 4627. However, its overall proportion per 100,000 people decreased slightly from 1.63 to 1.57, marking a -3.68% change.

20002010Change
Rank#7,021#7,215-2.76%
Count4,4014,6275.14%
Proportion per 100k1.631.57-3.68%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Weissman

Turning to the ethnic identity associated with the surname Weissman, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals some fluctuation between 2000 and 2010. The vast majority identified as White, though this percentage did decline from 97.02% to 95.22%. Over the same period, those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander increased from 0.41% to 0.67%, while those reporting two or more ethnicities rose significantly from 0.57% to 1.25%. The percentage of individuals with the surname Weissman who identify as Hispanic also saw an increase, up from 1.77% in 2000 to 2.46% in 2010. There were no reported instances of Weissman being associated with Black or American Indian and Alaskan Native identities during these census years.

20002010Change
White97.02%95.22%-1.86%
Hispanic1.77%2.46%38.98%
Two or More Races0.57%1.25%119.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.41%0.67%63.41%
Black0%0%0%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0%0%0%

Weissman 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 Weissman is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 62.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (14.1%) and French & German (7.2%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Japanese, and Scandinavian.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
Ashkenazi Jewish62.9%
British & Irish14.1%
French & German7.2%
Other15.8%
Weissman

Possible origins of the surname Weissman

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 Weissman have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom32.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom31.60%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom31.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom31.60%
West Midlands, United Kingdom31.60%

What Weissman 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 Weissman is J-L26, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup J-L26 is descended from haplogroup J-M304. Other common haplogroups include J-CTS5368 and E-L29, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Schiff, Kirschner, Lazar, Freedman, Levinson, Eisenberg, Nathan, Pollack, Lerner, Stern.

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

weissmanPaternal Haplogroup Origins J-M304

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 Weissman 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

Weissman

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Weissman" Surname 38.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Weissman

Misophonia

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

"Weissman" Surname 27.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Weissman

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Weissman" Surname 9.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Weissman

Migraine

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

"Weissman" Surname 19.6%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Weissman?

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 Weissman 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%