Explore the Family Name Wert

The meaning of Wert

1. German: topographic name for someone who lived on a river island or on a riverbank, or on a patch of dry land in a fen, all of which were senses of the Middle High German term wert, werder. 2. North German: occupational name for an innkeeper, from Middle Low German wert; alternatively, a nickname with the meaning ‘husband, master of the house’. 3. German: habitational name from any of the places called Werd, Werth, and Wörth. 4. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Wert ‘value’.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Wert has seen a minor shift in popularity between 2000 and 2010. The ranking for this surname fell from 7289 to 7795, indicating a drop in popularity by approximately 6.94%. Despite this slight dip in rank, the actual count of people with the Wert surname increased slightly, from 4216 in 2000 to 4248 in 2010 — a growth of 0.76%. The proportion of individuals with this surname per 100,000 people also decreased by 7.69% over this period.

Proportion per 100k1.561.44-7.69%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wert

As for the ethnicity associated with the surname Wert, there were some noticeable variations based on the Decennial U.S. Census data. The percentage of Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic individuals with this name rose significantly by 84.85% and 81.98%, respectively, from 2000 to 2010. Conversely, the percentages of Black and American Indian and Alaskan Native individuals with the surname witnessed a decrease by 19.73% and 17.50%, respectively. The percentage of White individuals with this surname saw a minor reduction of 1.02%, while the proportion of those identifying with two or more races increased by 15.69% during the same period.

Two or More Races1.02%1.18%15.69%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.33%0.61%84.85%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.4%0.33%-17.5%

Wert 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 Wert is French & German, which comprises 43.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (37.1%) and Italian (3.9%). Additional ancestries include Ashkenazi Jewish, Eastern European, Scandinavian, Indigenous American, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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French & German43.3%
British & Irish37.1%

Possible origins of the surname Wert

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 Wert have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom83.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom83.20%
Greater London, United Kingdom83.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom82.20%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom82.20%

What Wert 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 Wert is R-Z159, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-Z159 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L48 and I-DF29, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Liston, Willett, Cotter, Bivens, Havens, Hyde, Hackney, Newcomb, Dorsett, Witherspoon.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Wert surname are: H1, H, K1a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

wertPaternal 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 Wert 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.

"Wert" Surname 48.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Wert" Surname 23.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wert" Surname 27.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Wert" Surname 9.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wert?

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 Wert 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%