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Haplogroup V

The mtDNA haplogroup V is believed to have originated around the Western Mediterranean region, approximately 13,600 years before present - possibly on Iberia. It is found with particularly high concentrations in the Saami People of northern Scandinavia, as well as the Basque people (10.4%) and somewhat higher among the isolated Pasiegos in nearby Cantabria. It also is found in particularly high concentrations (16.3%) among the Berbers of Matmata, Tunisia. The highest levels are in Scandinavian and Western and North African populations. It is spread at varying low levels across Europe and smaller portions of West and Central Asia.

Haplogroup HV members with 16298C (and 72C) are also invited to join this group. These mark the subgroup HV0 which is pre-V.

The phylogeny of haplogroup V can be found at

Ancestral Info

mtDNA is inherited strictly through the direct maternal line. To learn more about the origins of the various subclades of V, it is important that all V-members fill in their ancestral information under Plot Ancestral Location. Enter full name, approximate years of birth/death, place, county and country. If unknown because of adoptions or other, please explain under Direct Maternal Ancestor on the Earliest Known Ancestors tab. 

Also note that your Direct Maternal Ancestor is the name of your mother's mother's mother etc - it is always a woman. Please also plot the location of this direct maternal ancestor on the map. 

Please fill in full birth name (or earliest known name), years of birth and death, place, and country. Examples: 

  • Ingrid Olsd Hagen 1689-1765 Valdres OPL
  • Brita Andersdotter 1794-1851 Ystad (M)
  • Mary Donohue 1845-1899 Limerick Ireland
  • Trintje van der Toorn b 1649 Leiden Holland

Please share your Coding Region

If you have completed the mtFull test (FMS), please consider sharing your Coding Region with the project administrators. The coding region results are not shown on the project page and will not be made public, and by default they are also hidden from the project administrators. The coding region results are essential for identifying your lowest level daughter group, for estimating the age of each daughter group, for identifying new daughter groups and for filling in the fine details on the V tree. 

To share your coding region results with the project administrators:
  1. Log in with your Kit Number and password
  2. Click on your Name in the top right corner and select Account Settings (1st menu option)
  3. Click on the PROJECT PREFERENCES tab (4th tab across)
  4. Scroll down to the Coding Region Sharing section
  5. Next to Opt in to Sharing, ensure the button is set to ON to share your mtDNA coding region data
Note that in order to request assistance, you must give project administrators Limited or Full access. Otherwise your results and information are hidden (and there is little point in being a member). 
Research and Information

In his book "The Seven Daughters of Eve" (2001), author Bryan Sykes called this group 'Clan of Velda'. Note that a lot of research has been done since then.

Papers that can be downloaded or requested in full-text:

The Wikipedia page for Haplogroup V (mtDNA) also has information and references to research papers.


There is a Haplogroup V (mtDNA) Group on Facebook, where members can post queries, comment etc.