The objective of this project is to determine whether there is any relationship between the various geographic clusters of persons with the Velten surname, including all spelling variants such as Velton, Veltin, Felten, and Felton. By recruiting and testing descendants of patriarchs in the various regions, and using y-DNA technology, we can hopefully determine whether relationships exist and how distant they are.
The Velten surname is a Saint's name, the Germanic version of the Latin name Valentine. It is believed the name originated in Europe, but through centuries of emigration, persons bearing the Velten surname and its various phonetic spelling variations are found around the world, in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia and elsewhere.
The name occurs in Germany (in Rheinland-Pfalz, Baden, Saarland, and Hessen-Nassau) and is even more common in Alsace. It also occurs in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Since it is a Saint's name, there may be no connection between these groups. But various historical events such as the Thirty Years War caused migration, and so there may indeed be a connection. Join our project and help us find the connections.
If you are a male with one of the surname variations and you have a pedigree back several generations, and preferably to an origin point in Europe, then please consider joining the project and adding your data to the database. If you are female, you can still join the project by using a male relative (father, brother, cousin, husband, etc.) as a y-DNA donor. Testing is provided by Family Tree DNA, which has the largest genetic databse and supports more than 6000 surname projects. You can join the project at http://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=Velten&code=Y38237http://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=Velten&code=Y38237 and qualify for the project discount on testing fees.