Thursday, January 2, 2014

Manx Y-DNA

As regular blog readers know, there's a cool research project regarding Manx DNA. Here's a guest post on the subject.

My name is Mark Jost (Watterson) and I would like to reference an important Manx Y-DNA study being conducted by John Creer, a Manx-born person. He posted a summary of his three year old Manx Study on the "Manx Research" blog containing the latest research on the Isle of Man found here: http://manxresearch.wordpress.com/

If you are interested in a further post, here is what it would generally contain on the subject and purpose is to raise awareness of the his work:

John's recent article is found directly at:

And I thought this would be of interested to the NAMA blog readers as well.


His story started as one of interest in his Isle of Man surname and history.

John Creer, the creator of the Manx Y-DNA study wrote the above mentioned blog and has complied an extensive study list of well over a hundred Manx surnames. He has stated that:

"There are about 110 family names that can be considered as unique to the
Isle of Man and the purpose of the Manx Y-DNA project is to try and test men
from as many of these families as possible to see how, if at all any of them
are originally connected, and to try and identify where in the neighbouring
areas they might have originated. The original Manx came at various times to
the Island starting from Ireland around 1500/2000 years ago, then followed
by the Norsemen and Scots - so the current population will be a mixture of
these different tribes. The text books on these Manx names postulate certain
(usually Gaelic) origins for them, and an attempt will be made in time to
try and validate these postulations against the DNA data."

Creer also reported that there is recently 'some private research on the IOM into the early etymology of the Manx names' as well.

John Creer originally set up the Creer one-name study and when he could get no further in 2005 he embarked on the Creer y-DNA study. By 2009 this had come to a successful conclusion with no other men available or needed to be tested - and has the distinction of the only y-DNA surname study to be completed. He then published a book on the history of all the Creers in 2009. Realizing that he had garnered considerable knowledge about the IOM and Manx family history, and needing a new challenge, he set up the Manx DNA study.

John maintains a presence on the Manx genealogy board and others including the R-L21 Project as a Haplogroup L563 member, along with Manx radio guest spots attempting to raise awareness and the plead for needed funds for further research into the Manx surname history using DNA. This latest blog reflects the status of his latest project.

John has projected another three years to complete the Manx YDNA Study. Any assistance in spreading the word to any family surnames in ones own list would be much appreciated. If you are male and possess one of the following Manx family names*, and you know that your family comes from or originally came from the Isle of Man - then you are eligible to take part in this study.

Bell Boyde Brew Bridson Cain(e) Caley Callin Callister Callow Cannell Cannon Carran Carine Carroon Casement Cashen/in Christian Clague Clarke Cleator Clucas Colquitt Collister Condra Comish Coole/Cooil Corkill Corkish Corlett Cormode Corrin Corris Corteen Costain Cottier Cowell Cowin Cowle Cowley Craine Crebbin Creer Cregeen Crellin Crennell Cretney Cringle Crowe Cubbon Curphey Far(a)gher Fayle Gale Garrett Gawne Gell Gelling Gill Gorry Halsal(l) Hampton Hogg Howland Joughin Kaighin Karran Kaye/Kee Kegg Keggin Keig Kell(e)y Kennaugh Kennish/Kinnish Keown Kermeen Kermode Kerruish Kewin Kewley Killey Killip Kinley Kinrade Kinvig Kissack Kneal(e) Kneen Lace Leece Lewin Looney Lowey Maddrell Martin Moore Morrison Moughtin/ton Mylchreest Mylrea Nelson Oat(e)s Quaggan/in Qualtrough Quaye Quayle Quilliam Quine Quark Quirk Radcliffe Sayle Scarffe Shimmin Skillicorn Stephen Stowell Taggart Tear(e) Vondy Watterson, Wattleworth

If anyone has any questions or would like to contribute a little working capital, please donate to the "Isle of Man (Manx) Y-DNA Project's" general fund or forward this link to anyone who maybe interested in participating: click here.

Mark Jost (Watterson)
Co-Admin
Isle of Man (Manx) Y-DNA Project
manxydna@gmail.com

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