Manx Y-DNA Study
Manx Family Names Background DNA of the Isle of Man Scope and Objectives How to Take Part Results News about the Study Gallery


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.

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 and possibly when they arrived.

The project started in 2010 and the database now contains the Y-DNA results for more than 600 men of Manx descent covering some 117 (completely)  and 15 (partially) of the surviving 130-135 early Manx family names.  Full information on the range of results achieved by the project can be found here (updated 30th May 2022). 

A totally new report has been added comparing the predicted linguistic origins of Manx surnames with their actual origins as determined through Y-DNA testing. 

A full summary of the project results and output has been published in "Isle of Man Studies" - The Proceedings of the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society - Vol XVII  - see the index here


If you are male and possess one of the qualifying 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. See here for more details

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

Boyd(e), Cannan, Carine, Carroon,  Cojeen, Corjeag/Cavendish, Corteen,  Kewish,  Martin, Mylechraine, Quaggan/in, Quaye, Quilleash, Quark, Skillicorn and Vondy

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

If you are male and possess one of the qualifying names and you wish to take part to learn more about your male ancestry, then please go here


If you have any questions about this site please contact John A Creer Copyright John A Creer 2010-2023