Explore the Family Name Zahn

The meaning of Zahn

1. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with a large or peculiar tooth or a remarkable or defective set of teeth, from Middle High German zan(t) ‘tooth’, German Zahn. 2. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 臧, possibly based on its Mandarin pronunciation, see Zang 2. Some characteristic forenames: German Otto, Heinz, Helmut, Markus, Armin, Dieter, Fritz, Gerhard, Heinrich, Herta, Horst, Joerg.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Zahn saw a slight decrease in popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it ranked 5282 in terms of popularity, but by 2010, it had dropped to rank 5695, a change of -7.82%. However, the total count of people with this surname slightly increased from 6063 to 6086, a growth of 0.38%. The proportion of Zahns per 100,000 also decreased by -8.44%.

Proportion per 100k2.252.06-8.44%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Zahn

The Decennial U.S. Census data also provides insight into the changes in ethnic identity associated with the Zahn surname. From 2000 to 2010, there was an increase in those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander (24.47%), two or more races (4.55%), Hispanic (36.88%), Black (35.71%), and American Indian and Alaskan Native (46.88%). However, there was a small decrease (-1.33%) in those identifying as White. It's important to note that these figures do not indicate the ethnicity of all individuals with the Zahn surname, but they provide a general understanding of how this surname is distributed among different ethnic groups.

Two or More Races1.32%1.38%4.55%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.94%1.17%24.47%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.64%0.94%46.88%

Zahn 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 Zahn is French & German, which comprises 35.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (32.8%) and Eastern European (8.1%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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French & German35.9%
British & Irish32.8%
Eastern European8.1%

Possible origins of the surname Zahn

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 Zahn have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom69.00%
Greater London, United Kingdom69.00%
Merseyside, United Kingdom68.40%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom68.40%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom67.80%

What Zahn 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 Zahn 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-L48 and E-Z827, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Schulze, Krause, Beyer, Haase, Schuster, Kohl, Albrecht, Urban, Schultz, Hoffmann.

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

zahnPaternal 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 Zahn 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.

"Zahn" Surname 48.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Zahn" Surname 17.1%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Zahn" Surname 20.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Zahn" Surname 21.1%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Zahn?

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 Zahn 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%