Explore the Family Name Wisdom

The meaning of Wisdom

English (Middlesex, Surrey, Hampshire, and Kent): nickname for a wise or learned person, from Middle English wisdom (Old English wīsdōm) ‘wisdom, learning’.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Wisdom has seen a slight dip in popularity from 2000 to 2010. This name was ranked 5011th most popular surname in the U.S. in 2000 and slipped to 5194th place by 2010, marking a decrease of 3.65%. However, the actual count of people with this surname has increased by 4.81% during this time period, rising from 6425 individuals in 2000 to 6734 in 2010. The proportion of people named Wisdom per 100k population also experienced a minor drop, going down by 4.2%.

20002010Change
Rank#5,011#5,194-3.65%
Count6,4256,7344.81%
Proportion per 100k2.382.28-4.2%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wisdom

The ethnicity distribution associated with the Wisdom surname according to the Decennial U.S. Census reveals some shifts over time. From 2000 to 2010, there was a notable increase of 68.95% in those identifying as Hispanic, while the number of individuals identifying as Black grew by 11.06%. People identifying as belonging to two or more races also saw an increase of 10.41%. On the other hand, the percentage of those identifying as White decreased by 3.78%, while American Indian and Alaskan Native representation dropped by 5.66%. The Asian/Pacific Islander group experienced a slight decrease of 2.13%.

20002010Change
White80.7%77.65%-3.78%
Black12.84%14.26%11.06%
Hispanic2.19%3.7%68.95%
Two or More Races2.21%2.44%10.41%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1.59%1.5%-5.66%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.47%0.46%-2.13%

Wisdom 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 Wisdom is British & Irish, which comprises 55.1% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (19.6%) and Nigerian (5.0%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, Italian, Eastern European, and Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
British & Irish55.1%
French & German19.6%
Nigerian5.0%
Other20.2%
Wisdom

Possible origins of the surname Wisdom

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 Wisdom have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom86.50%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom86.50%
Greater London, United Kingdom86.50%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom86.50%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom85.90%

What Wisdom 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 Wisdom is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L1335 and I-M223, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Ogilvie, Mayfield, Shipley, Elam, Turnbull, Trimble, Dillard, Justice, Barlow, Beckwith.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Wisdom surname are: H1, H, H3. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

wisdomPaternal 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 Wisdom 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

Wisdom

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Wisdom" Surname 41.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Wisdom

Misophonia

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

"Wisdom" Surname 25.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Wisdom

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wisdom" Surname 27.4%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Wisdom

Migraine

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

"Wisdom" Surname 20.6%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wisdom?

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 Wisdom 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%