Explore the Family Name Wrobel

The meaning of Wrobel

1. Polish and Jewish (from Poland) (Wróbel); Sorbian: nickname or Jewish artificial name from Polish wróbel, Lower Sorbian wrobel ‘sparrow’. 2. Altered form of Sorbian Wrobl: nickname from Upper Sorbian wrobl ‘sparrow’, a cognate of 1 above. Some characteristic forenames: Polish Janusz, Jerzy, Zbigniew, Andrzej, Bogdan, Halina, Henryk, Krzysztof, Pawel, Stanislaw, Cecylia, Elizbieta.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Wrobel saw a shift in its popularity from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, it was ranked as the 7,245th most common surname, but by 2010, it had dropped slightly to the 7,408th spot, reflecting a decrease of 2.25%. Despite this drop in rank, the count of individuals with the Wrobel surname increased by 5.82% over the same time period, growing from 4,246 in 2000 to 4,493 in 2010. However, the proportion of individuals named Wrobel per 100,000 people decreased by 3.18%.

Proportion per 100k1.571.52-3.18%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wrobel

The ethnic identity associated with the surname Wrobel also experienced some shifts between 2000 and 2010, according to the Decennial U.S. Census data. The largest ethnic group identifying with the Wrobel surname remained white, though this demographic saw a slight decrease, moving from 97.39% in 2000 to 97.24% in 2010. The proportions of Asian/Pacific Islanders and Hispanics among those with the Wrobel surname saw increases of 75.00% and 76.71% respectively, although their overall shares remained relatively small. The percentage of individuals with the Wrobel surname who identify as two or more races saw a noticeable decrease, falling by 55.48%. There was no recorded change in the subsets of Black or American Indian and Alaskan Native individuals with the Wrobel surname over this decade.

Two or More Races1.46%0.65%-55.48%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.24%0.42%75%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0%0%0%

Wrobel 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 Wrobel is Eastern European, which comprises 43.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (22.8%) and French & German (14.4%). Additional ancestries include Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Finnish.

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Eastern European43.7%
British & Irish22.8%
French & German14.4%

Possible origins of the surname Wrobel

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 Wrobel have recent ancestry locations in Poland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland66.30%
Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland65.30%
Masovian Voivodeship, Poland64.30%
Silesian Voivodeship, Poland59.20%
Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland58.20%

What Wrobel 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 Wrobel is R-CTS3402, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS3402 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include R-M405 and R-L1029, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Krupa, Olszewski, Koss, Kowal, Zeman, Chrisman, Laskowski, Lukas, Popov, Neubauer.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Wrobel surname are: H1, J1c, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

wrobelPaternal 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 Wrobel 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.

"Wrobel" Surname 30.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Wrobel" Surname 32.4%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wrobel" Surname 23.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Wrobel" Surname 14.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wrobel?

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 Wrobel 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%