Explore the Family Name Welty

The meaning of Welty

Swiss German: from a pet form of the personal name Walther (see Walter).

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

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

Based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname "Welty" experienced a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked as the 6,578th most common surname in the U.S., but dropped to the 6,894th position by 2010, marking a 4.8% decrease. During this same period, however, the actual count of individuals with the Welty surname increased from 4,751 to 4,876, reflecting a modest growth of 2.63%. The proportion of individuals named Welty per 100,000 people also decreased slightly from 1.76 to 1.65.

Proportion per 100k1.761.65-6.25%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Welty

Regarding ethnic identity, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census indicates a change in the distribution among those with the surname Welty between 2000 and 2010. The largest ethnic group remained white, although there was a slight reduction from 96.32% to 94.65%. Meanwhile, the Hispanic population saw the greatest increase at 66.44%, growing from 1.49% to 2.48%. The percentage of those identifying as two or more races also increased from 1.12% to 1.58%. The smaller populations of Asian/Pacific Islander and Black were recorded as zero percent in 2010, indicating possible suppression of data for privacy reasons. Lastly, the percentage of American Indian and Alaskan Native increased from 0.61% to 0.78%.

Two or More Races1.12%1.58%41.07%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.61%0.78%27.87%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.25%0%0%

Welty 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 Welty is British & Irish, which comprises 46.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (32.6%) and Scandinavian (5.5%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Greek & Balkan.

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British & Irish46.2%
French & German32.6%

Possible origins of the surname Welty

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 Welty have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom84.20%
Merseyside, United Kingdom84.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom84.20%
Greater London, United Kingdom84.20%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom83.30%

What Welty 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 Welty is I-S8522, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-S8522 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include R-L257 and I-M223, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Hester, Hess, Lehman, Mansfield, Haag, Baumgardner, Harms, Snyder, Knight, Weiland.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Welty surname are: H1, H, J1c. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

weltyPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170

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 Welty 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.

"Welty" Surname 51.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Welty" Surname 27.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Welty" Surname 10.3%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Welty" Surname 17.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Welty?

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 Welty 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%