The Lannin DNA Project is dedicated to the Y-DNA testing of males with the Lannin surname (or its variants) worldwide. With such a relatively limited number of such persons in the world, we seek a larger percentage of Lannins to participate in the project to give us a more diverse sampling group. This should enable us to learn about, and better understand, the ties among us.
Our mission is to provide an interface between males who have the Lannin surname and Family Tree.org. We encourage every single man in this group to participate. Indications to date indicate that our family is rather unique in some ways. Although we trace our origins to Ireland around the middle of the 19th century, the men who have tested closest to me are members of Haplogroup G. Those of us who have delved further are in the sub clade G2a31b (P303). Unlike Haplogroup R1b1a2, in which around 80% of Irish males find themselves, only 1% of Irish males test as G2a.This group represents the first Haplogroup which evolved outside of Africa, and the one responsible for the transition from hunter-gathering nomadic life to a stay-in-place farming lifestyle during the Neolithic Revolution. Most of the ancient human remains found in caves in France, Spain and Germany, as well as Otzi, the man whose mummified remains were found in a thawing Alpine glacier, have been foung to be from Haplogroup G.
So how did our ancestors get to Ireland? My theory is that they were French Huguenots who fled religious persecution in Europe in the early 1600s. One of the Huguenot surnames found among those who migrated to the British Isles is Landon, a shortening of d’Landon. Landon is a commune to the south of Paris. Upon comparing my Y-DNA to that of the Bourbon Kings of France, I found more similarities than differences. This is why much more widespread Y-DNA testing is needed. There are so many gaps in the written historical record, that this is the only way to begin to fill in the blanks.
The Lannin DNA Project is administered in connection with Family Tree DNA by James R Lannin, Jr, a member of ISOGG, the International Society of Genetic Genealogists. This website is operated under the auspices of the Lannin.org Family of Websites.