The Duignan DNA Project welcomes all participants. We encourage you to join today!
Our project is just getting started, and we expect to have many exciting discoveries.
Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your family history research. We will also discover which family trees are related. As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees will provide information about the evolution of the surname.
The surnames in this DNA Project are researched as part of the Duignan one-name study. You can learn more about this significant research, and the the associated family trees, by visiting the one-name study web site, or contacting the Project Administrator.
The surnames Duignan, Degnan and Deignan are the most frequently occurring anglicised forms of the Gaelic surname Ó Duibhgeannáin. According to Woulfe this name is anglicised as "O Duigenain, Duigenan, Duignan, Dignan, Deignan, Duignam, Dignam, &c.[and means] 'descendant of Dubhgeannán' (diminutive of Dubhceann, blackhead) ... ". MacLysaght believes that the variant forms "Deignan, Dignam etc." developed as the name spread into counties Cavan, Longford and Westmeath from its homeland in Sligo and Roscommon. De Bhulbh records other variants such as Duignam, Degnan, and Deighnan. [Source: P. Woulfe: Irish names & surnames, 1923; E. MacLysaght: Surnames of Ireland, 1985; S. De Bhulbh: All Ireland surnames, 2008]
The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father and so on, back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown. If you believe there is a Duignan or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, you will need to find a direct line male in your family tree to participate and represent your tree.
We encourage males to order a Y-DNA test for 37 markers, if possible. If you order fewer markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more.
Both men and women may also be interested in learning about their direct female line, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and back in time. Both men and women inherit mtDNA, although only women pass it on. To explore your direct female line, you would order a mtDNA test. For matches in a genealogical time frame, order the mtDNA Full Sequence test.
Neither the Y DNA nor the mtDNA test results contain any personal information, and you will match or be a close match to those to whom you are related. This is an opportunity to learn more about your origins and ancestry.
Order your test kit TODAY, at the bottom of this page, or visit the web site shown above for more information.