Explore the Family Name Wiegand

The meaning of Wiegand

German: from the ancient Germanic personal name Wīgant, originally a byname meaning ‘warrior’, from the present participle of wīgan ‘to fight’. Compare Wiand, Wiant, and Wigand. History: Michael Wiegand, aged 52, came to North America from the Palatinate in western Germany as part of a group led by the Rev. Joshua Kocherthal. They sailed up the Hudson River and settled on lands at Quassick Creek, then Dutchess County, NY, 1709. His descendants later left the Hudson River settlement and migrated to Tulpehocken, PA. Some characteristic forenames: German Otto, Kurt, Hans, Heinz, Wilfried, Arno, Bernhard, Dieter, Frieda, Hedwig, Siegfried.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Wiegand has seen a slight fluctuation in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it ranked 5,379 in terms of commonality but dropped to 5,769 by 2010, marking a decrease of 7.25%. However, the actual count of people with this surname saw a minor increase from 5,959 to 6,004, indicating a growth rate of 0.76%. The proportion of people with the Wiegand surname per 100,000 also fell by 7.69% during the same period.

Proportion per 100k2.212.04-7.69%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wiegand

In terms of ethnic identity, again referring to the Decennial U.S. Census data, there have been changes within the Wiegand surname holders. Between 2000 and 2010, the largest ethnic group remained those identifying as White, although their percentage slightly decreased from 96.95% to 95.89%. The percentages identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and Black saw increases of 26.67% and 25.00% respectively, albeit they still represent small portions of the total. Hispanic representation among Wiegands grew significantly by 55.56%, while those identifying as having two or more races saw the most substantial rise at 60.94%. The only group that saw a decrease was American Indian and Alaskan Native, which fell by 23.73%.

Two or More Races0.64%1.03%60.94%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.45%0.57%26.67%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.59%0.45%-23.73%

Wiegand 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 Wiegand is French & German, which comprises 41.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (32.9%) and Eastern European (8.1%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Indigenous American, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

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French & German41.4%
British & Irish32.9%
Eastern European8.1%

Possible origins of the surname Wiegand

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 Wiegand have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom74.80%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom74.80%
Greater London, United Kingdom74.80%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom74.80%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom74.80%

What Wiegand 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 Wiegand is I-L38, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-L38 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include R-L21 and I-DF29, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Van Dyke, Dale, Peter, Black, Roberts, Miller, Stanley, Weaver, Roland, Smith.

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

wiegandPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170

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 Wiegand 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.

"Wiegand" Surname 40.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Wiegand" Surname 25.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wiegand" Surname 20.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Wiegand" Surname 16.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wiegand?

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 Wiegand 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%