Below is a list of families participating in the Scots-Irish DNA Project as of November 2015. There are now over 900 participating families.
The surnames are very typically 'Scots-Irish.' The Lowland Scottish names draw very heavily from the western seaboard counties of the Lowlands, with many families from Ayrshire, Wigtown, Kirkcudbright, and Renfrew (using the older county names). Most of the Lowland Scottish families migrated to Ireland post 1609.
Many of the surnames, about 35% are of Highland Scots ancestry. The majority of these are from mid Argyll, Lennox, and the southern Hebrides. Many of the Highland families migrated to Ireland in the mid to late 1500s. Mid Argyll and Lennox were areas influenced by the Reformed faith and this fact influenced their relationship with the Lowland Scots migrating to Ireland in the 1600s.
There are several native Irish families that became Scots-Irish, most of these were from the Bann valley and had converted to the Reformed faith or to the Establish Church by the late 1600s.
The deep ancestry of these Scots-Irish families reveal that a large majority of them descend from the indigenous Celtic tribes of Scotland, over 84%, while the Norse and Norman origins coming in at about 10%.
The Scots-Irish DNA Project is open to families of Scots-Irish ancestry. The project has several goals, including reconnecting Scots-Irish in the Diaspora with their families that remained behind in Ireland. Another goal is to locate a family's point of origin in Scotland and recover lost or forgotten family history.
Multiple listings of a surname indicate the number of families with that surname participating. You will see a lot of Highlanders with Campbell and MacDonald the two most numerous. Several of the participating families are descended from famous Scots-Irish men, such as David Crockett (who turned about to be from Ayrshire ancestry, not Huguenot as often report in older history books).
Families interested in participating can do so by contacting the Scots-Irish DNA Project.
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