Explore the Family Name Weitz

The meaning of Weitz

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a wheat grower or dealer, from Middle High German weiz(e), Yiddish veyts ‘wheat’. In some instances the Jewish surname is artificial. Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Erwin, Hans, Markus, Mathias, Otto, Rainer. Jewish Emanuel, Isadore, Meyer, Isidor, Doron, Eliezer, Hershel, Moshe, Nurith, Pesach, Zeev.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Weitz has seen slight fluctuations in its popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, the Weitz surname ranked 9,801 in popularity and slightly dipped to a rank of 10,260 by 2010. This represents a change of -4.68%. However, the actual count of people with this surname increased from 3,046 in 2000 to 3,141 in 2010, showing a growth of 3.12%. The proportion per 100k also decreased by -6.19% over the span of a decade.

Proportion per 100k1.131.06-6.19%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Weitz

In terms of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals that the majority of individuals with the Weitz surname identify as White, making up 95.96% of the population in 2000 and slightly decreasing to 95.35% in 2010. Meanwhile, there was a notable increase in individuals identifying as having two or more races, climbing from 1.28% in 2000 to 1.78% in 2010, representing a 39.06% change. Likewise, those identifying as Hispanic rose from 1.28% in 2000 to 1.75% in 2010. Individuals of Asian/Pacific Islander descent remained relatively constant at around 0.72%-0.73%. There were no reported instances of individuals with the Weitz surname identifying as Black or American Indian and Alaskan Native in either census year.

Two or More Races1.28%1.78%39.06%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.72%0.73%1.39%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0%0%0%

Weitz 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 Weitz is Ashkenazi Jewish, which comprises 37.1% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (23.6%) and French & German (20.8%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Scandinavian, Japanese, and Greek & Balkan.

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Ashkenazi Jewish37.1%
British & Irish23.6%
French & German20.8%

Possible origins of the surname Weitz

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 Weitz have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom59.20%
Merseyside, United Kingdom59.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom58.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom58.20%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom58.20%

What Weitz 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 Weitz is J-M304, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup J-M304 is descended from haplogroup J-M304. Other common haplogroups include R-Z150 and E-L791, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Grossman, Feldman, Friedman, Rubin, Bloom, Singer, Goldberg, Simon, Baum, Schwartz.

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

weitzPaternal Haplogroup Origins J-M304
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to some of the first farmers

It was in the heart of the Middle East, soon after the Ice Age drew to a close 12,500 years ago, that humans first learned to domesticate cereals and livestock and completely transformed their way of life. They began to live more sedentary lives in closer proximity to one another. With greater resources, cultures in the Fertile Crescent made technological advances more rapidly than ever before. Farming was such a successful strategy that populations boomed, sparking waves of migration into Europe about 8,000 years ago. Men bearing haplogroup J were among the drivers of this innovation, and were also among the first waves to spread the new technology across the continents.

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 Weitz 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.

"Weitz" Surname 34.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Weitz" Surname 19.2%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Weitz" Surname 14.3%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Weitz" Surname 19.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Weitz?

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 Weitz 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%