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Young & Allied Surnames Y-DNA Study

Open to male participants of the YOUNGE, YONG, YOUNGER, JUNG, YUNG, & YOUNGS. Other variant names worldwide are encouraged to join us. See links below.

The objectives of our project are:

• Eliminate or confirm the relationship of individuals or lines to other Young lines.

• Develop a database that combines DNA results with traditional genealogy research.

• Direct research into a compact geographical area and timeframe, we expect to find many nationalities in our study group.

• Confirm variant surnames as part of the same Young family

• Strengthen weak paper trails and avoid pursuing false connections

• To find new relationships for those who have reached a dead end in their genealogical paper trail thus focusing research towards related families

Our study and other DNA surname studies are based on Y-chromosome DNA, which is possessed only by males. It is passed from fathers to sons virtually unchanged over hundreds of years. Therefore, direct participants in DNA surname studies necessarily must be males. Direct participants in our particular study, that is, people who are actually tested, must be males either (1) carrying the Young surname or (2) descended directly in an unbroken male-to-male line from a Young-surnamed male. So ladies if you have a Young brother, father, cousin, nephew, or uncle who has at least a slight interest in genealogy, maybe you can help enlist them in our research. In fact, we already have several sisters and cousins who have become associated with our project by enlisting a Young-surnamed male relative.

Young surname facts
28th most common in USA
15th most common in Scotland

Definition: Derived from the Old English word "geong," meaning "young," this surname was used as a descriptive name to distinguish father from son or to the younger of two relatives with the same first name (similar to the "JR" used in the USA or to the "Mac" in early Gaelic names). This has resulted in many disparate strands of Young genealogy. A personal name with the same meaning with the Gaelic Og or Oig, 'Young'. English, Scottish, and northern Irish: distinguishing name (Middle English Yunge, Yonge ‘Young’). In Middle English this name is often found with the Anglo-Norman French definite article, for example Robert le Yunge. Americanization of a cognate, equivalent, or like-sounding surname in some other language, notably German Jung and Junk, Dutch (De) Jong(h) and Jong, and French Lejeune and LaJeunesse and assimilated form of French Dion or Guyon. Chinese: see Yang.

In Scotland the earliest documented occurrence of the name was a John Young in Dingwall who witnessed a charter by the Earl of Ross in 1342 and a Symone Yong (sic) was a burgess of Elgin in Moray around the same time. Alexander Young was a chaplain to the House of the Holy Trinity in 1439 and Peter Young (born in Dundee in 1544) was a tutor to the three-year-old King James VI on the recommendation of the Regent Moray. He was knighted in 1605 in London after the Union of the Crowns. Walter Young served on an assize at Edinburgh in 1428. Alexander Yong was chaplain and procurator of the house of the Holy Trinity of Aberdeen in 1439. Alexander Yonge, a native of Scotland, had letters of denization in England in 1482.

Irish Family Names suggests that the Young surname was brought to Ireland from Scotland (where it is among the most common surnames) and England by immigrant settlers the majority of whom came with the wave of settlers from Scotland who established themselves in Ulster in the 17th century. About two thirds of the families of the name in Ireland are in the province of Ulster

DNA Joke - What did one DNA say to the other DNA?
“Do these genes make me look fat?”

To join our project, please read the legal page then link to the information on the following page to join.

To see the results thus far, please click here.

Read some success stories for project members.

Read research by a member from Scotland .