The Barnett DNA Project- Background



Barentje, Barnard, Barnat, Barnatby, Barnet, Barnetskie, Barnett, Barnette, Barnettson, Barney, Barnhardt, Barnitt, Barnitz, Berjinski, Bernard, Bernardi, Bernardo, Bernare, Bernhardt, Bornett, Borney, Burnet, Burnett, Burnette, Burney


Welcome to the Barnett Surname DNA Project

We have an expanded home page at
Please join us there.

About the Project:

The Barnett DNA Project is a scientific study of the surnames Barnett (as well as any other variation of the surname) using DNA, specifically the Y-Chromosomes of males. The project encompasses any surname now or previously spelled Barnet/Barnett/Barnette including Barnard, Bernard or any derivative thereof.

Be Creative With Your Spelling

When I was a child my grandfather told me if we spelled our name Barnet we were Jewish; If we spelled our name Barnett we were English or Irish; and if we spelled our name Barnette we were French.

My Barnett Colonial ancestors, my Revolutionary War ancestor and my Civil War ancestor all spelled their name Barnett. However, I spell my name Barnette.

It is my grandfather's fault that I spell my name differently from my ancestors. During the 1920s my grandfather and some of his brothers, but, not all, added the final "e" in our name. Sometimes my great grandfather used the final "e". Sometimes he did not. In any case, they did so at a time in history when it was popular to be or have things that were French. So, under my Grandfather's logic he was born English/Irish and I was born French!

It is known people from other countries have come to the United States and for whatever reason, usually to American-ize their name or make it easier to pronounce, have changed the spelling of their name to Barnet/Barnett/Barnette. Some of the countries and possible foreign origins of Barnetts are England (Barnes, Bernard, Barnard), Germany (Barnhard/Bernhardt, Barndt), France (Barnard/Bernard), Italy (Bernardi), Jews from Poland and Russia (Berjinski and other spellings) Spain and Hispanic countries (Bernardo). I am sure there are many others.

General Fund

Current balance: $25.00

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Credit $25.00 6/8/2011 Lori Jones Trigg In honor of my Barnett cousins   Honor

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 2
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 32
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 36
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 18
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 10
Family Finder 59
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 5
Maternal Ancestor Information 91
mtDNA 66
mtDNA Full Sequence 28
mtDNA Plus 46
mtDNA Subgroups 10
Paternal Ancestor Information 116
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 32
Total Members 197
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 1
Unreturned Kits 11
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 9
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 8
Y-DNA Subgroups 51
Y-DNA111 19
Y-DNA12 154
Y-DNA25 136
Y-DNA37 128
Y-DNA67 73