Explore the Family Name Winkle

The meaning of Winkle

1. Altered form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Winkel. 2. English (Staffordshire): habitational name from Wincle (Cheshire) or possibly from Winkhill in Waterfall (Staffordshire). The placenames probably derive from Old English wincel ‘nook, corner’, though the Cheshire placename may alternatively derive from Old English wince ‘sharp bend in a river, corner’ + hyll ‘hill’.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Winkle fluctuated slightly between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked 7,883rd in terms of prevalence and this changed to 8,131st in 2010, indicating a slight decrease in popularity by approximately 3.15%. However, the actual count of people with the Winkle surname increased from 3,896 in 2000 to 4,077 in 2010, reflecting a growth of 4.65%. This resulted in a small decrease in proportion per 100k from 1.44 to 1.38.

Proportion per 100k1.441.38-4.17%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Winkle

The Decennial U.S. Census data also reveals changes in the ethnic identity associated with the Winkle surname. The largest segment remains people of White ethnicity which decreased from 95.69% in 2000 to 93.70% in 2010. There were also increases in representation from several other ethnicities. Notably, individuals of Hispanic ethnicity more than doubled from a mere 0.98% in 2000 to 1.94% in 2010. The Asian/Pacific Islander and Black communities also saw increases in their representation among people with the Winkle surname. Conversely, the percentage of people identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native reduced slightly.

Two or More Races1.44%1.99%38.19%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.77%0.69%-10.39%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.51%0.61%19.61%

Winkle 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 Winkle is British & Irish, which comprises 48.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (29.5%) and Eastern European (6.1%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Indigenous American, Spanish & Portuguese, and Ethiopian & Eritrean.

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British & Irish48.7%
French & German29.5%
Eastern European6.1%

Possible origins of the surname Winkle

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 Winkle have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom90.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom90.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom90.20%
Greater London, United Kingdom90.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom89.20%

What Winkle 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 Winkle is R-U152, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-U152 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS2501 and R-L48, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Berlin, Lawton, Ackerman, Bradshaw, Bower, Burnell, Stocker, Webber, Garland, Baumgartner.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Winkle surname are: T2, H1, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

winklePaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

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 Winkle 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.

"Winkle" Surname 56.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%



Cheek Dimples

Small indentations that appear on the cheeks when a person smiles.

"Winkle" Surname 42.9%

23andMe Users 37.6%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Winkle" Surname 19.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Winkle" Surname 12.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Winkle?

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 Winkle 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%