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Sneak Peak of the New Scottish Origenes Surnames and DNA Map
Paternally inherited surnames first appeared in Scotland in an agricultural based society. Since land ownership, or rather farmland tends to be handed down from father to son through the generations this means that the vast majority of Scottish surnames could still be found clustered in the areas where they first appeared. Hence, early census data shows farmers with a particular surname clustering in the area where their ancestor lived when he first picked his surname (an estimated 1000 years ago). If you are lucky enough to have had a commercial DNA test done on your paternal line then you can examine where all those surnames that appear in your DNA results originate and pinpoint where your ancestor lived an estimated 1000 years ago. The Scottish Origenes ‘Surnames and DNA Map of Scotland is nearing completion, about 70% of Scottish surnames have been plotted. The map is designed to help you pinpoint (using your DNA results) your Scottish Origin. The map has revealed some interesting findings. The classical ‘Mac’ surnames dominate in the West and Southwest. Putative Viking surnames (ending in ‘son’) dominate in Shetland and Orkney and in numerous locations along the mainland east coast. The map also reveals that up to 1/3 of Scottish surnames are unique! Which means that farmers with a 'unique' surname cluster in a single geographical area (surnames in red accompanying image). The map will be completed in the new year and will be available for purchase only from Scottish Origenes. Contact me here to find out about commercial DNA testing or if there is a particular Scottish surname of interest to you.