Explore the Family Name Wetzel

The meaning of Wetzel

German: from a pet form of the personal name Werner. Compare Whetsel and Whetzel.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Wetzel experienced a slight fluctuation in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Wetzel was ranked as the 2121st most popular surname in the United States, whereas by 2010, it had dropped to the 2300th position, indicating a decrease of 8.44% in its ranking. However, despite this drop in rank, the count of individuals with the Wetzel surname increased slightly from 15,674 in 2000 to 15,849 in 2010, marking a growth of 1.12%. The proportion of people with the Wetzel surname per 100,000 decreased by 7.57%, from 5.81 to 5.37.

Proportion per 100k5.815.37-7.57%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wetzel

As for the ethnic identity associated with the Wetzel surname, the data from the Decennial U.S. Census reveals that the majority of individuals with this surname identified as White in both 2000 and 2010. They constituted 96.34% of the Wetzels in 2000, decreasing marginally to 95.33% in 2010. Meanwhile, those identifying as Hispanic saw an increase from 1.42% in 2000 to 1.91% in 2010, a change of 34.51%. Those who identified as having two or more ethnicities also increased, from 0.94% to 1.25% over the decade. The percentage of Wetzels who identified as Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, and American Indian and Alaskan Native also saw slight increases, however their overall representation remained relatively low.

Two or More Races0.94%1.25%32.98%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.48%0.5%4.17%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.35%0.49%40%

Wetzel 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 Wetzel is French & German, which comprises 41.1% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (37.4%) and Eastern European (6.3%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous American.

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French & German41.1%
British & Irish37.4%
Eastern European6.3%

Possible origins of the surname Wetzel

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 Wetzel have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom78.90%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom78.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom78.60%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom78.10%
West Midlands, United Kingdom77.40%

What Wetzel 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 Wetzel is R-M467, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-M467 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-U152 and R-L23, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Potter, Raymond, Sommer, Carl, Marquardt, Darby, Linn, Baxter, Roe, Mackay.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Wetzel surname are: H1, H, H3. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

wetzelPaternal 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 Wetzel 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.

"Wetzel" Surname 42.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Wetzel" Surname 29.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wetzel" Surname 23.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Wetzel" Surname 17.3%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wetzel?

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 Wetzel 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%