Explore the Family Name Wenzel

The meaning of Wenzel

1. German and Danish: from the German personal name Wenzel, a pet form (with the diminutive suffix -l) of the Middle High German Wenze, a borrowing from Slavic, a short form of the personal name found in Old Czech as Vęceslav (see Vaclav). The borrowing into German took place before Czech lost its nasal vowels. The surname of German origin is also found in some Central European countries, e.g. in Czechia, where it is more commonly spelled in Slavicized forms Vencl and Vencel 1. Compare Vencill, Vensel, and Wentzel 1. 2. Germanized form of Slovenian Vencelj (see Vencel 2), a cognate of 1 above. Compare Wentzel 2. Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Otto, Fritz, Hans, Erna, Franz, Friedrich, Harro, Helmut, Benno, Bernhard, Dieter.

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

Based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Wenzel has seen a slight decline in rank from 2000 to 2010, moving from 2900 to 3159. This is a drop of 8.93%. However, the actual count of people with this surname increased marginally, by 0.55%, totaling 11432 in 2010 compared to 11370 in 2000. The proportion per 100,000 also dropped by 7.84%.

Proportion per 100k4.213.88-7.84%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wenzel

In terms of ethnicity, according to the Decennial U.S. Census, the majority of individuals with the Wenzel surname identified as white in both 2000 and 2010, although there was a small decrease of 1.19% in this group over the decade. The number of those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, two or more races, Hispanic, and Black saw increases, with the most significant increase among those identifying as Black (a rise of 70%). Those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native decreased by 17.86%.

Two or More Races1.01%1.16%14.85%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.44%0.68%54.55%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.28%0.23%-17.86%

Wenzel 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 Wenzel is French & German, which comprises 37.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (32.9%) and Eastern European (11.6%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Greek & Balkan.

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French & German37.9%
British & Irish32.9%
Eastern European11.6%

Possible origins of the surname Wenzel

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 Wenzel have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom71.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom71.10%
West Midlands, United Kingdom70.70%
Merseyside, United Kingdom70.40%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom70.40%

What Wenzel 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 Wenzel is R-L44, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-L44 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-Y2905 and R-Z282, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Snyder, Kraft, Schmidt, Fisher, Miller, Vogel, Bauer, Hoffman, Mueller, Smith.

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

wenzelPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to King Louis XVI

The rule of France by men of the House of Bourbon began with King Henri IV in 1589 C.E. and continued until the beheading of his direct paternal descendant King Louis XVI in 1793. Several years ago, researchers analyzed a mummified head and a blood-soaked cloth that they believed might belong to the two kings, and concluded that the royal paternal line belonged to haplogroup G. In a more recent study, however, a different set of researchers tested three living men who are direct descendants of the Bourbon kings. Their efforts revealed that the male lineage of the House of Bourbon is actually a branch of haplogroup R-M405.

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 Wenzel 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.

"Wenzel" Surname 37.8%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Wenzel" Surname 25.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wenzel" Surname 13.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Wenzel" Surname 13.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wenzel?

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 Wenzel 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

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%