An unusual Catton DNA signature
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Subject.An unusual Catton DNA signature
An unusual haplogroup R1b1b DNA signature survives today in Wales and south England. If my research holds up, it is the genetic footprint of early Celtic Britons who were present before the Roman army entered the isles.
Today, the known ancestral locations for this DNA signature are in an arc from Norfolk, down through Hertfordshire and across south England into Wales. This distribution seems to reflect findings by geneticist Mike Weale’s 2002 Y-migration paper. http://mbe.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/19/7/1008/http://mbe.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/19/7/1008/
Today, there are over 40 surnames on my list, one of which is Catton.This particular surname is very interesting because of its possible origins and it is under-represented on my list.
If you have taken a Y-DNA test while researching your Catton family paper trail; and your DNA allele results match any of the allele markers below, then please contact me about your earliest known ancestor birth location.
You should have:
R1b1b or further
Allele marker results of
DYS448 = 17
DYS456 = 14
DYS450 = 10
Whenever the next book by Oppenheimer, Sikes or Johnson is written about the genetic history of the British Isles, this clade deserves to have their story told.
I have a Google map showing the clade arc at http://tinyurl.com/c5ekhahttp://tinyurl.com/c5ekha
I have a Google Docs spreadsheet that lists most of the surnames in the clade. It is a little clunky but works fine once it completes loading.It in Modal One at
So far, this is the largest genetic clade in south England today that can plausibly be linked to the early Celts. I would like to see more Catton surnames included.
Regards, Robert Hughes