Wilds / Wilde DNA Surname Project - Summary of Findings so Far ...
"Wilds / Wilde" DNA Surname Project Summary Findings and Conclusions so far- November 23, 2007.
The project to date includes 15 individuals with 7 surname variations ; seven individuals with the name 'Wilde', three with the name 'Wilds', two with the name 'Whiles', one with 'Wiles', one 'Wild', and one 'Wildey'. There are two more individuals whose test data are in process and not yet represented in this summary.
From a DNA standpoint, the participants fall into six Y chromosome Haplogroups (B2a1, E3a, G2, I1a, I1c, and R1b1), dividing further into twelve Haplotypes. This indicates the origins of this name group are quite varied.
The surname project at this time is still a small population. Still, within this population, we can draw a number of preliminary conclusions.
First, there are 3 clusters of individuals whose DNA data indicated possible common ancestral origins not previously documented. Within these clusters, there is generally multiple surname variants represented. This indicates that there are surely multiple origins of these name roots, while at the same time, the differing name forms have evolved from common origins, with pronunciation and spellings diverging over time. This means that it is not possible for any individual of these name forms to only consider their own name spelling as possible distant relations. Additionally this firmly confirms that individuals cannot necessarily expect that someone of their exact same surname can be confidently considered a relation. This subsequently means to properly assess relationships and origins more globally, as is the stated goals of the project, a broad group of name variants is required as we have started within the project.
Additionally, for all these name types, we need more participants to properly ascertain with statistical validity these relationships. We also need more genealogy (GED) histories to properly validate common geographical origins, as DNA Haplogroup origins widely published represent ancient locations, whereas many of these migrated prior to the common use of surnames and are therefore not very meaningful in the context of a surname project. For individuals who have not discerned ancestral geographic origins from genealogy data, this infers it is risky to assume published origin data tied to a surname is meaningful for them. We need Genealogies, tied to DNA data.
For these reasons, we encourage all interested parties of these or similar name variations to consider joining this project, and help us enrich our data pool and understanding of these surname histories.
For a more complete description of project objectives, DNA Test Data, project findings and conclusions, please visit the following web site: