Explore the Family Name Wisner

The meaning of Wisner

German: 1. habitational name for someone from any of various places called Wissen, mostly in the Rhineland, for example near Siegen. 2. variant of Weisner.

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

According to the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Wisner has seen a slight decrease in rank from 7,482 in 2000 to 7,725 in 2010, representing a change of -3.25%. However, the count or number of people with this surname increased from 4,105 to 4,296 during the same period, indicating a growth of 4.65%. The proportion per 100,000 also decreased by -3.95% over the ten-year span.

Proportion per 100k1.521.46-3.95%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wisner

The data from the Decennial U.S. Census on the ethnicity associated with the surname Wisner shows some interesting trends between 2000 and 2010. The percentage of Asian/Pacific Islanders with this surname increased by 32.65%, as did the percentage of those identifying with two or more races, which rose by 41.18%. There was a small increase of 22.6% in the Hispanic identity group. Those identifying as White made up the largest ethnic group but saw a slight decrease of -1.22%. The percentage of Black individuals remained fairly steady with a minor decrease of -0.95%. Meanwhile, the American Indian and Alaskan Native category saw a significant increase of 59.38%.

Two or More Races1.19%1.68%41.18%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.49%0.65%32.65%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.32%0.51%59.38%

Wisner 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 Wisner is British & Irish, which comprises 40.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (29.9%) and Eastern European (8.0%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, Indigenous American, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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British & Irish40.9%
French & German29.9%
Eastern European8.0%

Possible origins of the surname Wisner

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 Wisner have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom81.30%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom81.30%
Merseyside, United Kingdom81.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom81.30%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom81.30%

What Wisner 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 Wisner is I-L1498, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-L1498 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include R-P312 and I-Z60, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Shilling, Haws, Manson, Morrissey, Ludlow, Flagg, Feeney, Hawes, Dickinson, Hanley.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Wisner surname are: H1, H, K1a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

wisnerPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170

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 Wisner 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.

"Wisner" Surname 42.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Wisner" Surname 37.5%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wisner" 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.

"Wisner" Surname 17.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wisner?

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 Wisner 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%