Explore the Family Name Zimmer

The meaning of Zimmer

German: metonymic occupational name for a carpenter, either from Middle High German zim(b)er, zimmer ‘wood, wooden building’ or a shortening of Zimmermann. Some characteristic forenames: German Hans, Erwin, Kurt, Franz, Fritz, Mathias, Otto, Bernhard, Dieter, Georg, Horst, Markus.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Zimmer has seen a slight decrease in popularity from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, it was ranked 1907 in terms of frequency and dropped to 2111 by 2010, reflecting a decline of 10.7%. The count of individuals with the Zimmer surname also decreased by 0.98%, from 17315 in 2000 to 17146 in 2010. This brought down the proportion of people named Zimmer per 100,000 from 6.42 to 5.81, a drop of 9.5%.

Proportion per 100k6.425.81-9.5%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Zimmer

As for ethnic identity, based on the Decennial U.S. Census, there have been some shifts among those carrying the Zimmer surname between 2000 and 2010. The highest percentage remains within the White ethnicity, although it saw a minor decrease from 96.56% to 95.62%. The Hispanic representation among Zimmers increased notably by 64.41%, albeit from a small base, moving from 1.18% to 1.94%. Similarly, Asian/Pacific Islander Zimmers increased by 24.49%, going from 0.49% to 0.61%. The category of two or more ethnicities also rose by 10.10%, moving from 0.99% to 1.09%. However, the American Indian and Alaskan Native group saw a modest dip from 0.44% to 0.41%. The Black representation remained stable at 0.33%.

Two or More Races0.99%1.09%10.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.49%0.61%24.49%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.44%0.41%-6.82%

Zimmer 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 Zimmer is French & German, which comprises 39.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (32.5%) and Eastern European (8.8%). Additional ancestries include Ashkenazi Jewish, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Greek & Balkan.

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French & German39.4%
British & Irish32.5%
Eastern European8.8%

Possible origins of the surname Zimmer

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 Zimmer have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom71.10%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom71.10%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom71.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom70.90%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom70.70%

What Zimmer 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 Zimmer 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 R-CTS241 and I-Z58, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Weber, Schmidt, Mueller, Meier, Schumacher, Muller, Bauer, Engel, Schroeder, Keller.

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

zimmerPaternal 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 Zimmer 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.

"Zimmer" Surname 40.0%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Zimmer" Surname 29.3%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Zimmer" Surname 19.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Zimmer" Surname 16.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Zimmer?

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 Zimmer 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%