Explore the Family Name Zorn

The meaning of Zorn

1. German (rarely Zörn) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a short-tempered man, from Middle High German zorn, German Zorn ‘wrath, anger’. 2. German (of Slavic origin) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname or metonymic occupational name from a Germanized Slavic word meaning ‘black’ (compare 3 and Cerny) or ‘grain’ (compare Zern). 3. Germanized form of Sorbian Čorn (or perhaps, by shortening, of some other surname beginning with Čorn-): nickname derived from Upper Sorbian čorny ‘black’. 4. Slovenian: probably a nickname from an old spelling of zoren ‘early, morning’, also ‘fresh’. It is also possible, but less likely, that the name is of German origin (see 1 above, compare Corn). Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Manfred, Alphons, Christoph, Erwin, Ewald, Hans, Irmgard, Klaus, Leonhard, Markus, Otto.

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

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Zorn saw a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked 7024th in terms of commonality, but by 2010 it had slipped to the 7353rd position, a change of -4.68%. Despite this decrease in rank, the actual count of individuals with the Zorn surname increased by 3.0%, from 4399 to 4531. However, its proportion per 100,000 people saw a decrease of -5.52%.

Proportion per 100k1.631.54-5.52%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Zorn

In regard to ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census shows that most individuals with the Zorn surname identified as White in both 2000 and 2010, although there was a slight decrease of -1.23% over the decade. There was a significant increase in those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander, going up by 100% from 0.34 to 0.68. The Hispanic representation also saw an upward trend, increasing by 61.38% from 1.45 to 2.34. Individuals who identified as belonging to two or more races saw a modest growth of 19.10%. Conversely, those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native decreased significantly by -44.44%, and Black identification dropped slightly by -5.05%.

Two or More Races0.89%1.06%19.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.34%0.68%100%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.27%0.15%-44.44%

Zorn 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 Zorn is French & German, which comprises 35.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (33.7%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (7.6%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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French & German35.0%
British & Irish33.7%
Ashkenazi Jewish7.6%

Possible origins of the surname Zorn

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 Zorn have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom67.80%
Merseyside, United Kingdom67.80%
Greater London, United Kingdom67.80%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom66.90%
Lancashire, United Kingdom66.90%

What Zorn 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 Zorn is I-M170, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-M170 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include R-Z381 and R-DF95, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Denis, Banner, Edmunds, Hartz, Morell, Symons, Dash, Baptiste, Winfield, Andres.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Zorn surname are: K1a, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

zornPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170
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Your paternal lineage may be linked to the people of Doggerland

One of the places that was repopulated as the Ice Age waned no longer exists. During the Ice Age and for some time afterward, lower sea levels exposed much of the area that is now covered by the North Sea. Known as "Doggerland," the region must have been occupied by men bearing haplogroup I, because today it is abundant in all of the countries surrounding the North Sea.As the meltwaters of the retreating Ice Age glaciers caused sea levels to rise, the low-lying forests and wetlands of Doggerland gradually became inundated. Doggerland's inhabitants retreated to the higher ground that is now the North Sea coast. I-M170 is especially common today in Scandinavia and is somewhat common in England, Germany and the Netherlands.

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 Zorn 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.

"Zorn" Surname 44.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




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

"Zorn" Surname 42.3%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Zorn" Surname 15.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%




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

"Zorn" Surname 17.3%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Zorn?

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 Zorn 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%