Iranian DNA Project- Background



All Iranian surnames.


This project intends to establish connections between Iranian families by performing a Y-Chromosome (Y-DNA) or mitochondrial (mtDNA) test on any male or female with direct ancestry from Iran. Lines that trace back exclusively to Iran's territory are invited to participate in this project. Iran's population is not limited to the Persian-speaking majority; significant minorities include Azeris, Kurds, Balochis, the Talysh, Loris & Bakhtiaris, Iranian Arabs, Armenians, Assyrians, Turkmens and the Qashqai. Please refer to the map shown below (reduced, courtesy of

Due to Iran's ethnic heterogeneity, this project will focus specifically on ethno-linguistic divisions in the country. As such, Iranian-speaking lines from beyond Iran's borders, such as Pashtuns from Afghanistan, are not eligible to join this project. Iranian surnames are mostly recent in origin and became the status quo after government-led reforms in the 1920's. Most Iranian surnames are based on occupations, prior homesteads and also culturo-religious symbols.

Those living in the Middle-East who wish to participate in this project can do so through Eastern Biotech, a Biotechnology firm based in the United Arab Emirates, who work in partnership with Family Tree DNA. For more information, please visit their main site at

General Fund

Current balance: $150.00

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Credit $150.00 1/24/2012 James Bianco (Kit 204221)     Individual
Debit $9.50 9/8/2011   acct. adj. refund to A.J Levin   Unknown
Debit $29.00 6/24/2011   L342 164862 Unknown
Credit $38.50 6/23/2011 A. J. Levin For testing kit 164862 for SNP L342 (plus lab transfer fee)   Individual

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 7
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 5
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 55
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 52
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 49
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 19
Maternal Ancestor Information 74
mtDNA 75
mtDNA Full Sequence 38
mtDNA Plus 59
mtDNA Subgroups 6
Paternal Ancestor Information 107
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 29
Total Members 159
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 4
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 19
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 5
Y-DNA Subgroups 22
Y-DNA111 21
Y-DNA12 120
Y-DNA25 91
Y-DNA37 86
Y-DNA67 55