Welsh Patronymics- Background



Adams, Alexander, Andrews, Bevan, Bowen, Charles, Davies, Davis, Dennis, Dix, Edmunds, Edwards, Elkins, Ellis, Evans, George, Gough, Griffiths, Hanks, Harris, Hayes, Henry, Hopkins, Howell, Hughes, James, Jeffries, Jenkins, Johns, Jones, Lewis, Llewelyn, Lloyd, Matthews, Meredith, Morgan, Morris, Nichols, Owen, Parry, Peters, Phillips, Powell, Price, Pritchard, Probert, Pugh, Richards, Roberts, Rogers, Simmons, Thomas, Vaughan, Watkins, Wilkins, Wilks, Williams, Wynne


The Welsh Patronymics project was officially begun on December 6, 2002. The project was designed for the patronymic style surnames (Williams, Jones, and Roberts, just to name a few) which are found in Wales. The reason for this is that the patronymic surname system persisted in Wales much longer than in many other parts of Europe, as recently as 1813 in some areas. What that means is that the son of a man named Robert Williams might have been called Hugh Robert or Hugh Roberts, so did not have Williams as his surname.

Welsh patronymic surnames take on three forms:

1. A masculine name as it is (particularly common for masculine names ending in “s”, though not always that way). Examples: James, Thomas, Lewis, George, Owen, Griffith, Morgan.

2. A masculine name followed by a possessive “s.” Examples: Williams, Jones, Evans, Edwards, Matthews, Roberts, Hughes, Harris (son of Harry), Davies or Davis (son of David/Dafydd).

3. A masculine name beginning with the prefix “ap” or “ab” (the “a” is usually dropped in the modern form). Examples: Powell (ap Howell), Pritchard (ap Richard), Price (ap Rhys), Bowen (ab Owen), Bevan (ab Evan), Pugh (ap Hugh).

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 16
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 145
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 143
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 38
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 13
Family Finder 220
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 38
Maternal Ancestor Information 403
mtDNA 284
mtDNA Full Sequence 139
mtDNA Plus 223
mtDNA Subgroups 14
Paternal Ancestor Information 522
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 203
Total Members 627
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 6
Unreturned Kits 21
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 97
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 83
Y-DNA Subgroups 80
Y-DNA111 88
Y-DNA12 501
Y-DNA25 434
Y-DNA37 407
Y-DNA67 272