Manx Y-DNA Project
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This is a website for the  Manx Y-DNA project which is seeking to assess and analyse the spread and diversity of Y-DNA profiles present in men of Manx origin and identify their early origins before their families arrived on the Isle of Man.


NEW   A report published in December 2015 reporting the findings of the first five years of the project can be seen here

There is a distinct group of family names which are unique to the Isle of Man - and the Manx population will be a mixture of old Irish, Early British Isles, Scandinavian/N European and some Scottish DNA. The purpose of this project is  to try and clarify some of the early genetic origins of the Manx and to try and identify where the early Manx settlers came from.

Additionally it is expected that if this project can provide a greater insight into the timing and origins of many of these "native" Manx names, then it could also lead to a better understanding of exactly how some of these early Manx Gaelic names were originally formed and adopted.

If you are male and possess one of the following family names*, and you know that your paternal line ancestors came originally from the Isle of Man - then you are kindly invited to take part in this project

Bell Boyde Brew Brid(e)son Cain(e) Caley Callin Callister Callow Cannell Cannon Carran Carine Carroon Casement Cashen/in Christian Clague Clarke Cleator Clucas Cojeen Colquitt Collister Condra Comish Coole/Cooil Corjeag/Cavendish Corkan Corkill Corkish Corlett Cormode Corrin Corris Corteen Costain Cottier Cowell Cowin Cowle Cowley Craine Crebbin Creer Cregeen Crennell Crellin Cretney Cringle/all Crowe Cubbon Curphey Far(a)gher Fayle Gale Garrett Gawne Gell Gelling Gill Gorry Halsal(l) Hampton Harrison Hogg Howland Joughin Kaighin Kaneen Karran Kaye/Kee Kegg Keggin Keig Kell(e)y Kennaugh Kennish/Kinnish Keown Kermeen Kermode Kerruish Kewin Kewish Kewley Killey Killip Kinley Kinrade Kinvig Kissack Kneal(e) Kneen Lace Leece Lewin Looney Lowey Maddrell Martin Moore Morrison Moughtin/ton Mylchreest Mylchraine Mylrea Mylroi/e Nelson Oat(e)s Quaggan/in Qualtrough Quaye Quayle Quilliam Quilleash Quine Quinney Quark Quirk Radcliffe Sayle Scarffe Shimmin Skelly Skillicorn Stephen Stowell Taggart Tear(e) Vondy Watterson, Wattleworth

The success of this project will depend heavily on being able to collect Y-DNA test results from men bearing the above Manx names. A good early start has been made to the project so far in identifying candidate men who have already been Y-DNA tested but it will soon become necessary to start testing men who have not previously been tested - this will require funds to support this element of the project.  

Sponsor the Y-DNA testing for a Manx Family name you are researching

To see the progress so far and to see whether your name is already included or not and whether you are needed to volunteer to take part. - go here  

Men possessing any of the following Manx names are still urgently needed to be tested:-  

Cojeen, Corkish, Cregeen, Crennell, Cringle, Kermeen, Kissack, Martin, Mylechraine, Quaggan/in, Quilleash, Quark, Skelly, Skinner, Skillicorn

Free tests may be available to men with these family names   - all on a first come, first served basis and subject to appropriate genealogy -  contact John Creer

If you wish to take part please go here

In the meantime if you are interesting in taking part or supporting the project in any way then please contact the project coordinator by email here

* The list of Manx names above is hopefully definitive and should represent those names still in use, but if you possess a Manx family name that is not included, and I have missed it, then please let me know. John A Creer.

If you have any questions about this site please contact John A Creer Copyright John A Creer 2010-2018