Explore the Family Name Wisniewski

The meaning of Wisniewski

Polish (Wiśniewski): habitational name for someone from any of the many places in Poland called Wiśniewo, Wiśniew, or Wiśniewa, named with wiśnia ‘cherry’. Compare Wisneski, Wisnewski, and Wisnieski. Some characteristic forenames: Polish Tadeusz, Casimir, Dariusz, Janina, Janusz, Jerzy, Pawel, Wieslaw, Zbigniew, Zigmund, Andrzej, Boleslaw.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the Wisniewski surname saw a slight decrease in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked 2602nd most popular and dropped to 2846th by 2010 - a change of -9.38%. The proportion of people with this surname per 100k also fell from 4.73 to 4.3 over the same period, representing a decline of -9.09%.

Proportion per 100k4.734.3-9.09%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wisniewski

The ethnicity breakdown for the Wisniewski surname, according to the Decennial U.S. Census, shows a predominantly White ethnic identity. However, while the percentage of White individuals with this surname decreased slightly (from 97.42% in 2000 to 96.22% in 2010), there were notable increases in other ethnic groups. The Hispanic population with this surname increased by 84.62%, the Black population by 68.75%, and the American Indian and Alaskan Native population by an impressive 133.33%. The Asian/Pacific Islander group also saw an increase, albeit smaller, from 0.39% to 0.46%. Lastly, those identifying as two or more races showed a modest rise from 0.89% to 0.93%.

Two or More Races0.89%0.93%4.49%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.39%0.46%17.95%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.09%0.21%133.33%

Wisniewski 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 Wisniewski is Eastern European, which comprises 41.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (22.6%) and French & German (17.2%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Scandinavian, Greek & Balkan, and Spanish & Portuguese.

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Eastern European41.9%
British & Irish22.6%
French & German17.2%

Possible origins of the surname Wisniewski

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 Wisniewski have recent ancestry locations spanning a few countries, mostly in Poland, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Masovian Voivodeship, Poland65.10%
Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland64.40%
Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland64.00%
Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland56.80%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom54.50%

What Wisniewski 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 Wisniewski is R-M417, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-M417 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS3402 and R-L260, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Zielinski, Novak, Jankowski, Mazur, Kaminski, Nowak, Lewandowski, Urban, Toth, Kowalski.

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

wisniewskiPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M420

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 Wisniewski 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.

"Wisniewski" Surname 38.4%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Wisniewski" Surname 20.6%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wisniewski" Surname 24.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Wisniewski" Surname 14.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wisniewski?

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 Wisniewski 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

Eastern European 60.6%

23andMe Users 57.2%