Explore the Family Name Winn

The meaning of Winn

English (northern) and Welsh: variant of Wynn.

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

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Winn experienced a marginal dip in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it ranked as the 1532nd most common surname but fell to the 1611th spot in 2010, marking a decline of 5.16%. However, the total count of people with the Winn surname actually increased during this period from 21,566 to 22,316, indicating a growth of 3.48%. The proportion of the Winn surname per 100,000 people also decreased slightly from 7.99 to 7.57.

Proportion per 100k7.997.57-5.26%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Winn

On the other hand, there has been a shift in the ethnic identity of those bearing the Winn surname between 2000 and 2010 according to the Decennial U.S. Census. The Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander populations saw significant increases, rising by 40.85% and 25.00% respectively. There was also an increase in individuals identifying as two or more races, which grew by 32.00%. Meanwhile, the representation of Whites and Blacks saw slight decreases, falling by 1.89% and 0.28%, respectively. The percentage of American Indian and Alaskan Native remained relatively stable, with a small growth of 2.53%.

Two or More Races1.75%2.31%32%
Asian/Pacific Islander1.04%1.3%25%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.79%0.81%2.53%

Winn 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 Winn is British & Irish, which comprises 52.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (22.0%) and Scandinavian (4.4%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, and Nigerian.

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British & Irish52.9%
French & German22.0%

Possible origins of the surname Winn

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 Winn have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom85.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom85.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom85.10%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom84.70%
West Midlands, United Kingdom84.70%

What Winn 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 Winn is R-P311, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P311 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and R-L51, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Sexton, Chamberlain, Plummer, Lyle, Armstrong, Alford, Wynn, Ryan, Main.

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

winnPaternal 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 Winn 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.

"Winn" Surname 39.5%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Winn" Surname 23.2%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Winn" Surname 22.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Winn" Surname 17.6%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Winn?

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 Winn 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%