Explore the Family Name Wilburn

The meaning of Wilburn

English (Yorkshire): habitational name from Welbourn (Lincolnshire), either of two places called Welburn (both in North Yorkshire), and perhaps Welborne (Norfolk). The placenames derive from Old English wella ‘well, spring, stream’ + burna ‘spring, stream’.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Wilburn showed a slight fluctuation in its popularity between 2000 and 2010. Ranked at 2240 in 2000, it fell to 2428 in 2010, representing a decrease of 8.39%. Despite this drop in rank, the actual count of individuals with the Wilburn surname increased marginally from 14,899 in 2000 to 14,928 in 2010, indicating a growth of 0.19%. The proportion of people named Wilburn per 100,000 also saw a small decline of 8.33% over the same period.

20002010Change
Rank#2,240#2,428-8.39%
Count14,89914,9280.19%
Proportion per 100k5.525.06-8.33%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wilburn

When examining the ethnic identity associated with the Wilburn surname, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows some interesting changes between 2000 and 2010. The largest increase was seen within the Hispanic community, which rose by 43.09%, followed by the Asian/Pacific Islander community with a surge of 28.57%. The group identifying as two or more races also saw an increase of 16.76%. The White demographic experienced a slight decrease of 1.99%, while Black and American Indian and Alaskan Native demographics saw minor increases of 0.41% and 9.23% respectively.

20002010Change
White68.82%67.45%-1.99%
Black26.52%26.63%0.41%
Hispanic1.88%2.69%43.09%
Two or More Races1.85%2.16%16.76%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.65%0.71%9.23%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.28%0.36%28.57%

Wilburn 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 Wilburn is British & Irish, which comprises 56.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (20.9%) and Nigerian (4.6%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean, Spanish & Portuguese, Eastern European, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish56.0%
French & German20.9%
Nigerian4.6%
Other18.5%
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Possible origins of the surname Wilburn

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 Wilburn have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom82.30%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom82.30%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom82.30%
Merseyside, United Kingdom81.90%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom81.90%

What Wilburn 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 Wilburn is R-L48, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-L48 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and R-M167, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Currier, Olive, Napier, Rains, Raines, Dobbs, Ladd, Mullis, Harness, Mattison.

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

wilburnPaternal 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 Wilburn 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.

Preferences

Wilburn

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Wilburn" Surname 47.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Wilburn

Misophonia

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

"Wilburn" Surname 40.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Wilburn

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wilburn" Surname 29.3%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Wilburn

Migraine

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

"Wilburn" Surname 12.7%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wilburn?

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 Wilburn 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%