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The Huntar DNA Project is just getting started, and we welcome all participants.  We encourage you to join today!

Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your family research.  We will also discover which family trees are related.  As the project progresses, the results for various family trees will provide information about the evolution of the surname.

The YDNA 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 Huntar or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname such as Hunter, you are also welcome to participate.  If you are female, you will need to find a direct line male in your family tree to represent your family tree.

We encourage males who order a YDNA test to order 37 markers, if possible.  If you order less markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more.

Both males and females 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.  You would order a mtDNA test.  For matches in a genealogical time frame, order the mtDNA Plus test.

Most Hunter descendants do not have the knowledge that the origin of the surname was HUNTAR.


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This project was started in 2015 as a Surname Project for Hunter with possible variants Huntar, Huinter, Hunnter, Huntere, and Hunterr with the Guild of One-Name Study. 

 The surnames in this DNA Project are researched as part of the Hunter one-name study. You can learn more about this significant research, and the associated family trees, by visiting the one-name study web site, or contacting the Group Administrator.

The surname Huntar is found in the British Isles in Scotland, England and Wales.

Join our Surname Project to discover more about your ancestry and to find those to whom you are related.


A Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname.  They are of the most interest in cultures where surnames are passed on from father to son like the Y-Chromosome.  This project is for males taking a Y-Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) test.  Thus, the individual who tests must be a male who wants to check his direct paternal line(father’s father’s father’s…)with a Y-DNA 12, Y=DNA37, Y-DNA67, or Y-DNA111 test and who has one of the surnames listed for the project.  Females do not carry their father’s Y-DNA.  Females who would like to check their father’s direct paternal line can have a male relative with his surname order a Y=DNA test.  Females can also order an mtDNA test for themselves such as the mtDNAPlus test or the mtFullSequence test and participate in an mtDNA project.  Both men and women may take our autosomal Family Finder test to discover recent relationships across all family lines.