Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scots-Irish Surnames; a list of families in the Scots-Irish DNA Project

The Scots-Irish DNA Project now has 761 participating families.  Below is a roster of the participating families.  As you can see the families are a combination of Lowland and Highland Scottish surnames with a few native Irish surnames.  All these families self identify as being Scots-Irish.  Most of these families participated in the 18th Century Ulster Migration to English Colonies and early Republic, or in the 19th Century Ulster migration into Canada.

The majority of the Lowland Scottish families are from Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, and Gallowayshire, and most of these families migrated to Ireland during the Ulster Plantation (1609-1720).  The Highland Scottish surnames from Argyll, Lennox, and the Southern Hebrides; many of these families migrated to Ulster circa 1550-1600).

The dominate haplogroups are Insular Celts (85%) and there is about 12% of the haplogroups of Norse/Norman ancestry.   The native Irish surnames come from certain families that converted to the reformed faith and became part of the Protestant Irish community in the 1600s. 

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10 comments:

Linda McCauley said...

Several of my family names are on this list.! I have done DNA through Ancestry. Can I participate and if so, tell me how.
Linda Moore McCauley


Moore
Wright
Walker
McCauley
To name a few!

Linda McCauley said...

I've had DNA done with Ancestry. Can I participate and if so how. Some of my family names are;
Alexander
Blair
Kelley
Kelly
McCauley
Moore
Walker
Wright
Welch

miclarkelly said...

My great grandmother was a Crawford from Co. Tyrone. Her mother's family were McKay often spelled McCoy on records there. Her mother's mother's family were McBeigh, McBay, or McBey. One record shows McBeth which I believe is the original spelling. I think McBeth originates in Scotland yet I do not see the name listed. There is nothing suggesting it was once spelled McVeigh. There are also McLane in my family a generation further back.

miclarkelly said...

My great grandmother was a Crawford from Co. Tyrone. Her mother's family were McKay often spelled McCoy on records there. Her mother's mother's family were McBeigh, McBay, or McBey. One record shows McBeth which I believe is the original spelling. I think McBeth originates in Scotland yet I do not see the name listed. There is nothing suggesting it was once spelled McVeigh. There are also McLane in my family a generation further back.

Betty said...

My mother always told us that her family was Scots-Irish but my research has only turned up families from England, but not Scotland or Ireland. However, there are a number of my lines that go clear back to early colonists and I have not found any way to determine what country they came from. Most of them started in Massachusetts and migrated North and then West. A quick glance at the lists revealed ALLEN and HALL which are two of my primary lines. I am certain there will be more.

I have had my autosomal DNA analyzed and it showed 60% Celtic which really shocked me. I was wondering if I could participate in this study?

Willis Burwell said...

I am descended from four Irish ancestors, Crozier, Elliot, McKay and Simpson. All are on the list. How do I find more information on this group? I am sure that it will lead me to many cousins.

Allison Olson said...

Hello. I don't see my family surname on the list but would like to participate. My maiden name, Houston, is from the Renfrewshire area of Scotland. My ancestors then migrated to Northern Ireland, Ulster. How does one go about participating?

Allison Olson said...

Hello. I did not notice my family surname on the list. My maiden name is Houston and my ancestors were from the Renfrewshire area of Scotland. They then migrated to Northern Ireland, Ulster. How does one go about participating in the study?
Many thanks,
Allison Houston Olson

Brenda Zurlo said...

Many of my family names are on this list. I would like to participate in this how do I go about it? I have my DNA along with my Dads. Thank You,Brenda (brown) zurlo

Barry R McCain said...

Brenda, very easy to participate. We use Family Tree DNA company to test. The project is a Y chromosome one, so you would use your Dad's test.