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About us

The Gotts DNA Project is here to help anyone researching the surname GOTTS.

Do you know which other Gotts trees your family connects to, or where in Norfolk, UK your early Gotts family comes from?

The name GOTTES is recorded in Norfolk in 1300's, evolved into GOTTS yet the different spelling of GOTT is also present,
though there are more found in Yorkshire. Is your GOTT family related to the Norfolk families?

Participating is an opportunity to use DNA testing to understand whether your family is connected to other GOTTS families,
and potentially link your family back into the 1400's-1500's. As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees
will help to understand the real origin of the GOTTS surname.

The surnames in this DNA Project are researched as part of the Gotts one-name study. So far we have 4000 Gottses in family trees.

You can learn more about this research by visiting the Guild of One-Name Studies web site:

Or contacting Ian Gotts, the Group Administrator:

Or check out the known Gotts families at:


The primary goals of the GOTTS DNA project are to:

* Discover which family trees are related

* Sort out multiple families found in the same location

* Find any mistaken connections in family trees

* Discover information about the evolution of the surname

* Bridge gaps in the paper records

Which of these can help you in your research?

What to do next

We are just getting started and encourage you to join us in our discoveries.

Initially the intention is to concentrate on Y-DNA tests.

The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and 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 Gotts 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 as lower numbers do not provide enough information to make confident connections.

Both the Y DNA and the mtDNA test results contain no 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.

Either order your test kit TODAY by clicking  "Join Request" on the top menu bar or why don't you talk to Ian Gotts, the Group Administrator so we can work out the best way forward to help you?

We are also considering establishing a General Fund to accept donations to help sponsor test kits for those key males who would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of participation in the project. These funds will be held at the testing company and donations can be made in any currency via credit card. If you wish to donate, please contact Ian Gotts, the Group Administrator to set this up.