Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jones Surname and Haplogroup J

Haplogroup J made up the remainder of those submitting their DNA for analysis to the JONES surname group. The Middle East and North Africa is thought to be origin for this branch of the human genome. Only 2% of these folks carried this SNP (snip). [ A place along the chromosome that has this genetic marker.]

Anyone out there with the surname JONES, and the haplogroup group "J"? Please let your JONES family and its history be known.

Again to review: The JONES Surname - Haplogroups identified =

R = 78% (R1b= 76% and R1a = 2%)

I = 11%

E = 6%

G = 3%

J = 2%

Q = trace 1/275.

1 comment:

  1. http://www.buildinghistory.org/distantpast/surnames.shtml

    The above URL and the following may be instructive:

    Both Y-DNA and surnames are handed down from father to son, so can links be found between the two? This has proved a fruitful area of research. It is not always practicable though. Certain British and Irish surnames, such as Brown, Davies, Evans, JONES, Kelly, Murphy, Roberts, Smith, Taylor, Thomas, Walker, Williams and Wilson, are so common that there will be hundreds if not thousands of unrelated lineages with the same name. The occupational name SMITH dominates the league table in England and Scotland. It is shared by 1.3% of the British populace. The dominance of the Smiths is not surprising, if we consider that every village in the Middle Ages would need a blacksmith.

    Often a surname is so unusual that many of its male carriers find themselves also sharing the same Y-DNA haplogroup. Although in 1881 60 per cent of the British population carried one of the most common 1,000 surnames, 30,000 surnames were borne by just 10 percent. Turi King and Mark Jobling recruited 1,678 men bearing 40 British surnames in a range from rare to common, and compared their results with a control group randomly chosen. The results were illuminating. As you can see in the chart from their paper, certain surnames, such as Titchmarsh, are almost fixed for a single haplogroup, in this case R1b1. By contrast the commonest name - SMITH - produced a mixture of haplogroups very similar to the random control group. In other words they reflect the pattern of haplogroups in the British population as a whole.