Explore the Family Name Wittman

The meaning of Wittman

1. English: variant of Whitman. 2. Altered form of German Wittmann.

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

The popularity of the surname Wittman, based on data from the Decennial U.S. Census, has seen a slight decline in rank from 6763 in 2000 to 7061 in 2010, a change of -4.41 percent. However, the count or number of people with this surname increased modestly from 4593 in 2000 to 4739 in 2010, a rise of 3.18 percent. The proportion of individuals bearing this surname per 100,000 population also dipped slightly from 1.7 in 2000 to 1.61 in 2010, marking a decrease of -5.29 percent.

20002010Change
Rank#6,763#7,061-4.41%
Count4,5934,7393.18%
Proportion per 100k1.71.61-5.29%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wittman

As for the ethnic identity associated with the surname Wittman, again based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, there have been some changes between 2000 and 2010. The largest group, those identifying as White, saw a small decrease from 95.62 percent to 93.67 percent. Individuals of Hispanic ethnicity saw an increase from 1.63 percent to 2.47 percent. Interestingly, the American Indian and Alaskan Native category saw the largest growth, albeit from a small base, increasing by 62.30 percent from 0.61 percent to 0.99 percent. Those who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Two or more races, or Black also saw increases over this decade.

20002010Change
White95.62%93.67%-2.04%
Hispanic1.63%2.47%51.53%
Two or More Races1.18%1.65%39.83%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.61%0.99%62.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.59%0.78%32.2%
Black0.37%0.44%18.92%

Wittman 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 Wittman is French & German, which comprises 41.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (31.7%) and Eastern European (7.4%). Additional ancestries include Ashkenazi Jewish, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
French & German41.7%
British & Irish31.7%
Eastern European7.4%
Other19.2%
Wittman

Possible origins of the surname Wittman

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 Wittman have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom76.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom76.60%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom76.60%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom76.60%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom75.70%

What Wittman 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 Wittman 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 I-M253 and J-M172, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Uhl, Baumgartner, Schmid, Stoll, Boyer, Rossi, Winkler, Ott, Scholl, Stadler.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Wittman surname are: H1, H, H2a. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

wittmanPaternal 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 Wittman 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

Wittman

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Wittman" Surname 35.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Wittman

Misophonia

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

"Wittman" Surname 28.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Wittman

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wittman" Surname 15.4%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Wittman

Migraine

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

"Wittman" Surname 16.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wittman?

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 Wittman 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

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%