Explore the Family Name Wellman

The meaning of Wellman

1. English: topographic name from Middle English wel(le) ‘spring, well, stream’ + man ‘man’, for someone who lived by such a place. 2. English: variant of Willman. 3. Americanized form of German Wellmann. 4. Swedish: ornamental or habitational name formed with an unexplained (placename) element + man ‘man’. The surname is in part also of German origin (see Wellmann, compare 3 above). History: Thomas Welman came to Lynn, MA, from England before 1640.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Wellman has experienced a slight decrease over a decade. In 2000, the surname stood at rank 3024 and moved to rank 3208 in 2010, marking a decrease of 6.08%. Despite this drop in rank, the actual count of people with the Wellman surname rose from 10,993 to 11,260 during the same period, indicating an increase of 2.43%. However, when you consider the proportion per 100,000 people, there was a minor decline from 4.08 to 3.82, representing a fall of 6.37%.

20002010Change
Rank#3,024#3,208-6.08%
Count10,99311,2602.43%
Proportion per 100k4.083.82-6.37%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wellman

The ethnic identity associated with the Wellman surname also saw some shifts from 2000 to 2010 as per the Decennial U.S. Census data. The highest proportion of individuals with this surname identified as White, though this decreased slightly from 93.53% to 92.21%. There were increases seen in the Asian/Pacific Islander category (from 0.19% to 0.40%), those identifying with two or more races (from 1.02% to 1.43%), those of Hispanic ethnicity (from 1.43% to 2.02%), and Black individuals (from 3.06% to 3.27%). The only decline was seen in the American Indian and Alaskan Native category, which fell from 0.77% to 0.67%.

20002010Change
White93.53%92.21%-1.41%
Black3.06%3.27%6.86%
Hispanic1.43%2.02%41.26%
Two or More Races1.02%1.43%40.2%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.77%0.67%-12.99%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.19%0.4%110.53%

Wellman 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 Wellman is British & Irish, which comprises 50.6% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (29.3%) and Eastern European (3.8%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish50.6%
French & German29.3%
Eastern European3.8%
Other16.3%
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Possible origins of the surname Wellman

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 Wellman have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom91.50%
West Midlands, United Kingdom91.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom91.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom91.20%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom91.20%

What Wellman 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 Wellman is R-L2, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-L2 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include I-L205.1 and I-CTS6364, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mott, Childress, Sadler, Fletcher, Pyle, Langford, Fielding, Medley, Hudson, Foss.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Wellman surname are: H1, H, T2b. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

wellmanPaternal 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 Wellman 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

Wellman

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Wellman" Surname 42.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Wellman

Misophonia

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

"Wellman" Surname 21.3%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Wellman

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wellman" Surname 26.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Wellman

Migraine

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

"Wellman" Surname 19.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wellman?

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 Wellman 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%