Explore the Family Name Widmer

The meaning of Widmer

1. German and Swiss German: status name from Middle High German widemer ‘tenant farmer who worked on land that had been endowed to a parish church, Middle High German widem(e) ‘prebend’. 2. German: variant of Wittmer 1. 3. Germanized form of Slovenian and Croatian Vidmar, itself of the same ultimately German origin as 1 above. Compare Widmar. 4. English: habitational name from Widmere in Ibstone (Buckinghamshire), named from Old English wīthig ‘willow, withy’ + mere ‘pool’. The rare personal name Widmer may also have contributed to the surname. Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Christoph, Hans, Helmut, Sieg, Armin, Ernst, Hans Peter, Konrad, Othmar, Siegfried, Ute.

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

According to the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Widmer saw a slight decrease in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, Widmer ranked as the 9272nd most common surname in the United States, but by 2010, it had dropped slightly to the 9722nd place, representing a decline of 4.85%. Despite this drop in ranking, the actual count of individuals with the surname Widmer did increase during this decade, from 3,231 to 3,336 people, an increase of 3.25%. The proportion per 100,000 people also decreased slightly from 1.2 to 1.13.

Proportion per 100k1.21.13-5.83%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Widmer

On the other hand, the ethnic identity associated with the Widmer surname has diversified over the same period. Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the percentage of Widmers who identify as White decreased from 96.78% in 2000 to 94.90% in 2010. During this time, there was a notable increase in those identifying as Asian or Pacific Islander (from 0.56% to 0.99%) and Hispanic (from 1.39% to 2.76%). There was also a slight uptick among individuals reporting two or more races, going from 0.74% in 2000 to 0.87% in 2010. The percentages for Black and American Indian and Alaskan Native were suppressed for privacy reasons in 2010.

Asian/Pacific Islander0.56%0.99%76.79%
Two or More Races0.74%0.87%17.57%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.22%0%0%

Widmer 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 Widmer is French & German, which comprises 44.3% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (33.1%) and Eastern European (6.3%). Additional ancestries include Ashkenazi Jewish, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Japanese.

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French & German44.3%
British & Irish33.1%
Eastern European6.3%

Possible origins of the surname Widmer

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 Widmer have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom73.20%
Greater London, United Kingdom73.20%
Merseyside, United Kingdom72.00%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom72.00%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom70.70%

What Widmer 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 Widmer is O-F2415, which is predominantly found among people with East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry. Haplogroup O-F2415 is descended from haplogroup O-M1359. Other common haplogroups include E-M183 and O-F2859, which are predominantly found among people with European and East Asian & Indigenous American ancestry.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Widmer surname are: H1, H, U2_3_4_7_8_9. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

widmerPaternal Haplogroup Origins O-M1359
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to the Cham

One of the many populations harboring members of haplogroup O1b1a1a1a1 is the Cham ethnic group, a group of people who speak Austronesian languages in Mainland Southeast Asia. Austronesian languages make up a language family that is extremely large and widespread, comprising over 350 million people on islands such as Madagascar, Easter Island, and many others. However, Austronesian languages are less common on mainland Asia, with a notable exception being the Chamic language. Research suggests that ancestors of the Cham people migrated from Southeast Asian islands to the mainland around the year 500 BCE, and that early Cham populations quickly began mixing with indigenous southern Vietnamese populations. As a result, the Chamic language now has words that were borrowed from languages spoken by indigenous Vietnamese people. It is likely that an ancestral Kinh population was one of the populations that mixed with the Cham people shortly after their migration to mainland Asia.

Your maternal lineage may be linked to the nomadic Tuareg of the Sahara

Though haplogroup H1 rarely reaches high frequencies beyond western Europe, over 60% of eastern Tuareg in Libya belong to haplogroup H1. The Tuareg call themselves the Imazghan, meaning “free people.” They are an isolated, semi-nomadic people who inhabit the West-Central Sahara and are known today for a distinctive dark blue turban worn by the men, and for their long history as gatekeepers of the desert.How did women carrying H1 make it all the way from western Europe to this isolated community? They likely migrated from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar into Morocco after the Last Ice Age, where they were assimilated into the Berbers of the Mediterranean coast. Then, about 5,000 years ago, the Sahara shifted from a period of relative habitable conditions to its dramatically arid desert environment. This shift may have caused migrations throughout the Sahara, prompting the ancient Tuaregs to meet and mingle with the Berbers, bringing H1 lineages into their population.

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What do people with the surname Widmer 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.

"Widmer" Surname 55.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Widmer" Surname 23.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Widmer" Surname 18.4%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Widmer" Surname 9.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Widmer?

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 Widmer 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%