Alfred Young

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Young Surname Facts...

  • 28th Most Common Name in the USA
  • 15th Most Common Name in Scotland

​​Derived from the Old English word "geong" meaning "young."  This surname was used as a descriptive name to distinguish father from son or to the younger of two relatives with the same first name (similar to "Jr." used in the USA as well as "Mac" in some Gaelic names.  This has resulted in many disparate strands of Young genealogy.  A personal name with the same meaning with the Gaelic Og or Oig.  'Young', English, Scottish, , and northern Irish: distinguishing name (Middle English Yunge, Yonge, 'Young.'  In Middle English this name is often found with the Anglo-Norman French definite article, for example Robert le Yunge.  Americanization of a cognate, equivalent, or like-sounding surname insome other language, notably German Jung and Junk,Dutch (De) Jong(h) and Jong, as well as the French Lejeune and LaJeunesse and assimilated form of French Dion or Guyon.


In Scotland the earliest documented occurence of the name was a John Young in Dingwall who witnessed a chareter by the Early of Ross in 1342 and a Symone Yong was a burgess of Elgin in Moray around the smae time.  Alexander Young was a chaplain to the House of the Holy Trinity in 1439.  Peter Young was tutor to James VI [Scotland] / James I [England].  


The Young surname study is based on Y-chromosome DNA, which is possessed only by males.  It is passed from fathers to sons virtually unchanged over hundres of years.  Therefore, direct participants in DNA surname studies necessarily must be males.  Diret participants in our Young study, that is people who are actually tested, must be males either:
     (1) carrying the Young surname, or

     (2) descended directly in an unbroken male-to-male line from a Young-surnamed male.

Ladies if you have a Young brother, father, cousin, nephew, or uncle who has at least a slilght interest in genealogy, you can help enlist them in our rsearch.  We already have several sisters and cousins who have become associated with our project by enlsiting a Young-surnamed male relative.


As of 23 September 2013, the Young DNA Study has 286 tests with 30 general bloodlines.  The results are:

  • One bloodline with over 150 matches
  • one bloodline with 32 matches
  • one bloodline with 18 matches
  • One bloodline with 12 matches
  • One bloodline with 9 matches​
  • Two bloodlines with 4 matches
  • Three bloodlines with 3 matches

Objectives of the Young Y-DNA Study include:

  1. Eliminate or confirm the relaionship of individuals or lines to other Young lines.
  2. Develop a database that combines DNA results with traditional genealogy research.
  3. Direct research into a compact geographicl area and time frame.
  4. ​We expect to find many nationalities in our study group.
  5. Confirm variant surnames as part of the same Young family,
  6. Strengthen weak paper trails and avoid pursuing false connections.
  7. To find new relationships for those who have reached a dead end in their genealogical paper trail thus focusing research towqards related families.

Young Y-DNA Study


Open to male participants desended from those named Young or other spelling derivatives of Young to include but not limited to:

Og, Ogg, Juvenis, Jung, Young, Yhong, Yong, Yonge, Yhonge, Yunge, Yhunge, Yowng, Ywng, Zowng, Zong, Zhong, Zung, Zeung, Zoonge, and Tarno

25 DNA markers or more is recommended to connect with your kinsmen

12 DNA markers will do little except indicate relationships 20-30k years ago.

Disclaimer:

Clan Young USA, nor any other national contingent earns income from the Young-YDNA-Project.  All proceeds go to Family Tree DNA.  Clan Young USA volunatarily supports the project without recompense.