It’s In The Jeans

DNA

…and when my Mother and Father both took their jeans off, and created me, they each contributed a fairly varied set of DNA genes to my formation.

In my ‘Who Am I?’ post, I made some educated guesses as to what races had contributed to my makeup, based on family lore, and the daughter’s research on Ancestry.ca. Last Christmas, the wife and kids got together and purchased a DNA kit for me.

After my usual several months of procrastination, I finally spit in the cup, mailed it off to Dublin, Ireland, and waited 6 to 8 weeks for the results to come back.

ancestry-dna

As you can see from the above, there are not too many surprises. Some of my genetic makeup comes from the Romans, and their Eastern Mediterranean, Greek, Turkish, non-‘Italian’ compatriots.  Some comes from the Spanish Armada fiasco, although the chart shows no African Moorish contribution, so there’s no ‘Black Scots’ in my background.

There’s a bit from here, and a bit from there. Not that I really give a damn, but my ancestors seem to be all white.  The Scandinavian input came, not only from the Norsemen raiding and invading, but from the Northern Germanic tribes, the Jutes, Angles and Saxons, who were invited by the Britons to come to the island and help repel the Norse.  They did so well at that, that they stayed, and helped themselves to the country, becoming the Anglo-Saxons.

The biggest shock was finding that 26% of my ancestral input was Irish. Despite the Scottish name of Stewart, it’s possible (probable) that my maternal Grandfather wasn’t a Scottish Pict, but an Irish Gael.  Short, stocky, dark, and always looking disapproving, it’s no wonder he had nothing good to say for Highlanders.

I had thought that the red hair that runs through the family was from Scotland, but lots of Irish colleens have red hair also. I imagine that both races have contributed to the fact that, about every third child, no matter both parents’ hair color, is red, including Strawberry-tress-adorned daughter, LadyRyl.

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18 thoughts on “It’s In The Jeans

  1. Jim Wheeler says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me, Archon, if the ancestry of almost every caucasian were as mixed as yours. In fact, given the segment of human history that we know, it would be even more surprising if it were not so mixed, what with all the wars and diaspora over the known millennia. This trend can’t help but accelerate. I wonder how long it will take for everyone to look alike?

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  2. Dale says:

    I’d love to find out my ancestry one day too… maybe I’ll check it out some day!
    That song kills me, Sightsnbytes! I had heard it ages ago!

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  3. I had that test done. I’m pretty much a mixture of West European, Irish and Scandinavian. Nothing exotic, unfortunately. I’m probably considerably whiter than most of the Aryan Brotherhood. (For racial purity, read inbred…) I suspect that my ancestry being restricted to a small corner of Northern Europe is because of an overwhelming hereditary idleness and lack of curiosity. 🙂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Your results sound much like mine. I would not have been surprised or disappointed to find some Negro ancestors but, t’was not to be. I suspected hereditary idleness and lack of curiosity would have kept Irish genes out of my Scottish background, but religious fanaticism brought Christianity to Scotland, whether we wanted it or not. 😳

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      • Yes, clearly the hereditary idleness was a way of protecting ourselves from being swept up in all that fanaticism. Burn the heretic, is it? Well you can cut the logs and build the sodding fire. I’m far too busy sitting here … 🙂

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  4. I would love to do the DNA test. I am curious since I am basically a walking advertisement for all things Celtic minus the red hair. Thanks for sharing the information. Is it expensive?

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  5. simonjkyte says:

    I don’t believe these

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  6. simonjkyte says:

    the word Scottish is actually decribing people from Ireland anyway

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  7. […] my It’s In The Jeans post, I already showed how much alien human DNA I have in me.  I don’t need any non-human DNA.  I […]

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