Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Genetic Genealogy | Comparing Top Relative Surnames

This is a follow-up to my two posts on our individual results from 23andMe's Top Relative Surname finder that shows the popularity of the surnames in our relative finder matches. I currently have 988 people in my relative finder, while my maternal grandmother only has 986. Our numbers are different because the test incorporates both maternal and paternal lines into it's results.

In my previous posts about this feature, I just shared our top five surnames. The service actually let's you view any surname that is listed at least five times in the profiles of your matches. I currently have 124 surnames and my grandmother has 51.

Below I've listed the top 10 surnames in my grandmother's list and have indicated in parentheses where they were found on my list. It's interesting to note that six of her top 10 surnames were not in my list.
  1. Wells (#84 in my list)
  2. Palmer 
  3. Mitchell (#81 in my list)
  4. Johnston
  5. Hunt
  6. MacDonald
  7. Adams
  8. Moore (#109 in my list)
  9. Hansen
  10. Smith (#115 in my list)
Below I've listed the top 10 surnames in my list and have indicated in parentheses where they were found on my grandmother's list. It's interesting to note that only two of my top 10 surnames were in her list.
  1. Pragle
  2. Gawton
  3. Andriessen
  4. Garner
  5. Walker (#17 in her list)
  6. Allen (#48 in her list)
  7. Payton
  8. Custer
  9. Peyton
  10. Gibbs
As you can see, even though we are closely related, our results are quite different. These results should be fluid and I will explore them periodically to see how they have shifted.

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