Explore the Family Name Wingo

The meaning of Wingo

Possibly an altered form of English Winger. This surname is also common among African Americans. History: The majority of the Wingos trace their origin to John Wingo, presumably of English origin, who died c.1755 in Amelia County, VA, and his three sons Thomas, William, and James.

Dictionary of American Family Names, 2nd edition, © Oxford University Press, 2022.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Wingo in the U.S saw a slight fluctuation over the decade from 2000 to 2010. The rank of the surname dropped from 5448 in 2000 to 5845 in 2010, marking a decrease of 7.29%. However, the overall count of people with the Wingo surname increased slightly by 0.65%, totaling 5913 in 2010 up from 5875 in 2000. The proportion of this surname per 100,000 people declined by 8.26% over the course of the decade.

Proportion per 100k2.182-8.26%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wingo

Regarding the ethnic identity associated with the Wingo surname according to the Decennial U.S. Census data, there were shifts among different groups from 2000 to 2010. The Asian/Pacific Islander group reported the most significant increase, nearly doubling its share from 0.32% to 0.63%. Those identifying with two or more ethnicities also rose significantly, increasing by 60.56% to make up 2.89% of the total in 2010. The percentage of Wingos who identify as White decreased slightly by 3.46%, but remained the majority at 72.20%. The Hispanic and Black communities saw modest increases of 30.54% and 2.94% respectively, while the American Indian and Alaskan Native group had a subtle uptick of 9.80%.

Two or More Races1.8%2.89%60.56%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.02%1.12%9.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.32%0.63%96.88%

Wingo 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 Wingo is British & Irish, which comprises 62.8% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (18.4%) and Eastern European (3.0%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Nigerian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish62.8%
French & German18.4%
Eastern European3.0%

Possible origins of the surname Wingo

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 Wingo have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom88.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom88.60%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom88.60%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom88.60%
Lancashire, United Kingdom88.60%

What Wingo 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 Wingo is J-L70, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup J-L70 is descended from haplogroup J-M304. Other common haplogroups include R-P311 and CT-M168, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Perrine, Traver, Treadwell, Poe, Race, Stowers, Brandenburg, Eichelberger, Mazzola, Mancuso.

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

wingoPaternal Haplogroup Origins J-M304

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 Wingo 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.

"Wingo" Surname 36.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Wingo" Surname 32.4%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wingo" Surname 19.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Wingo" Surname 21.5%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wingo?

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 Wingo 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%