Explore the Family Name Whitehouse

The meaning of Whitehouse

English (West Midlands, especially Staffordshire): topographic name for someone who lived in a white house, from Middle English whit ‘white’ + hous ‘house’, or a habitational name from a place called with these elements, as for example Whittas in Cumbria. Alternatively, a variant of Whittles.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname "Whitehouse" saw a slight change in popularity between 2000 and 2010. The rank of the surname dropped by 7.05 percent from 5189 to 5555 over the decade. However, the count of people with the surname increased slightly by 1.15 percent from 6187 individuals to 6258. The proportion per 100,000 people also decreased by 7.42 percent from 2.29 to 2.12, indicating that while the absolute number of people with the surname increased, its relative popularity compared to other surnames declined.

Proportion per 100k2.292.12-7.42%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Whitehouse

Regarding ethnic identity, the census data shows some shifts among individuals bearing the Whitehouse surname between 2000 and 2010. The proportion identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and those reporting two or more races both increased, by 63.89% and 37.90%, respectively. The largest percentage increase was seen in the Hispanic category, with a rise of 92.52%. On the other hand, the proportion identifying as white showed a slight decrease of 0.23%, and the Black category decreased by 17.14%. The most significant drop was seen in the American Indian and Alaskan Native category, which fell by 31.78%. This data underscores the diversity and fluidity of ethnic identities in the United States.

American Indian and Alaskan Native4.28%2.92%-31.78%
Two or More Races1.24%1.71%37.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.36%0.59%63.89%

Whitehouse 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 Whitehouse is British & Irish, which comprises 61.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (20.9%) and Eastern European (3.3%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Greek & Balkan.

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British & Irish61.9%
French & German20.9%
Eastern European3.3%

Possible origins of the surname Whitehouse

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 Whitehouse have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom91.60%
Greater London, United Kingdom91.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom91.60%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom91.60%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom91.60%

What Whitehouse 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 Whitehouse is E-L241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup E-L241 is descended from haplogroup E-M96. Other common haplogroups include E-V13 and R-L2, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Hefner, Baber, Lohr, Heffner, Marchand, Tucci, Ferry, Sansone, Noll, Grove.

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

whitehousePaternal Haplogroup Origins E-M96
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to early Balkan migrants

Haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a migrated in large numbers from the Balkans into Europe about 4,500 years ago, triggered by the beginning of the Balkan Bronze Age. During this migration, members of haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a mainly followed rivers connecting the southern Balkans to northern-central Europe. Technological leaps often cause lineages to grow dramatically in numbers and in geographic range. The development of Bronze technology may have given men in haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a a competitive advantage over other men, causing haplogroup E1b1b1a1b1a to proliferate and become widespread.

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 Whitehouse 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.

"Whitehouse" Surname 46.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Whitehouse" Surname 26.2%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Whitehouse" Surname 18.8%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Whitehouse" Surname 18.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Whitehouse?

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 Whitehouse 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%