WELCOME TO THE BOWES (and variants) DNA PROJECT - Background



Boas, Boase, Boaz, Boe, Boehler, Boes, Boetius, Boewe, Boey, Bohig, Bohill, Bohler, Böhler, Booe, Bouse, Bow, Bowe, Böwe, Bowes, Bowige, Bows, Bowse, Bowz, Boye, Boyes, Buo, Buoey, Buoy, Bwee, Bwoy, de Bowes, MacNaboe, McNaboe


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The Bowes (and variants) DNA Project is part of the Bowes (and variants) One-Name Study that is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. It includes some true variants and many theoretical variants.

For more information about joining the DNA Project and which test to order, please see the DNA pages at our website for background information and a join link. Or, if you are ready, you can click the Join tab at the top of this page and get started.

About the Variants

The Guild of One-Name Studies allows for five additional variants to be registered per study. The Bowes One-Name Study currently has registered Bows, Bowe, Boe, and Bow, but we are studying other confirmed variants as well. In addition we are liberal as to spellings that represent possible but unproven variants. That's because we might discover in the course of research that some of these phonetically similar names are actually true variants of Bowes.

Our DNA Project names often appear unrelated phonetically, but they have been carefully chosen using Irish, English and Scottish surname origin research. In a few cases they include participants' surnames that are similar to names under study, but which have no DNA surname project of their own, and are too few at this time to start one. Over time it may become more clear which subgroups are independent families/surnames in their own right and deserving of their own study. At that time those groups may splinter off and formalize their own study.

General Fund

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 2
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 11
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 15
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 7
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 4
Family Finder 21
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 1
Maternal Ancestor Information 38
mtDNA 19
mtDNA Full Sequence 8
mtDNA Plus 14
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 64
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 16
Total Members 71
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 2
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 9
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 3
Y-DNA Subgroups 18
Y-DNA111 13
Y-DNA12 55
Y-DNA25 42
Y-DNA37 42
Y-DNA67 33