Clan Gregor DNA Project - Goals

The MacGregor DNA project exists to try to answer two questions - who are the MacGregors and where do they come from? Neither of these questions will be answered absolutely nor immediately since the science behind this is still young and results are still open to discussion. However as the project has developed we have welcomed members from the various sept names. In many cases we find that those bearing these names are related to each other (a particular example is the Orr subgroup - this name is supposed to be Gaelic ''our'' meaning dark). At the moment most of the sept names are separate groups who would therefore be associated with MacGregors as ''part-takers''. However since many of our members are in America it is hard to say whether these surname results are just coming from one or two original founders in North America and are therefore not necessarily typical for the names in all their various British/Irish original locations.