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Do you have Celtic Roots?
DNA Origins Analysis

DNA Origins Analysis: Do you have Celtic Roots?

Researching Celtic origins

A DNA test by iGENEA provides you with evidence of whether you have Celtic roots. Based on your specific genetic characteristics, we can identify your origins and state from which line the Celtic descent is (paternal, maternal or both lines). In addition, your profile is compared with more than 2,000,000 people in our database. If we find a genetic match, i.e., people with whom you correspond to a certain degree, then you have the opportunity to contact these people and intensify your family research.

The genetic profile of the Celts discovered

The Celts were an Indo-European people of ancient times who originally came from the Alpine area and adjacent regions. The Celts spread from there to many parts of Europe, especially throughout Western Europe. Genetic studies now make it possible for us to distinguish the Celts from their neighbouring peoples not only linguistically and culturally, but also on the basis of their DNA.

2,000 saliva samples from 25 regions now regarded as typically Celtic were analysed. The subjects came from areas in Brittany, Scotland and Ireland, where Gaelic or other Celtic languages are still spoken to this day. This made it possible to identify genetic profiles that occur very frequently in these regions and therefore, are indicative of Celtic origin. Moreover, the migration of these genetic lines corresponds with the migration of the Celts.

Researching Celtic origins

Carriers of the same or similar genetic characteristics are summarised by haplogroup. Haplogroups represent the various branches of Homo sapiens and show the roots and movement of our ancestors. Thus, belonging to certain haplogroups is also an indication of Celtic descent.

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Redefining Identity: The Unseen Celtic Roots of my Ancestry Unveiled by iGENEA DNA Test

An iGENEA DNA test unravels unexpected ancestral origins of the narrator, linking their family name, Blum, to the Celtic tribes of Ireland and Scotland. The newfound knowledge causes a shift in their perception of self-identity and fosters a deeper connection to their ancestors.
» Field report from U. Blum

A Deep Dive into the Genetic History of McCain Lineage: Insights from my iGENEA DNA Test

My iGENEA DNA test results have initiated a captivating journey into the rich depth of my McCain lineage. The scientific revelations answer many long-standing questions about our genetic origins and migrations while also opening up newer explorative paths leading to the Irish and Scottish soils. The findings confirm our Celtic origins, highlight significant connections with other surnames and map ancestral movements stretching over several centuries.
» Field report from V. McCain

Tracing my Footprints: Unveiling the Story of My Surname 'Downey' with iGENEA DNA Test

As I delved into the intricate web of my genetic heritage using my iGENEA DNA test, I unearthed the roots of my surname, Downey. Traversing boundaries of time and space, I traced my lineage back to ancient Celtic tribes in Ireland, saw impressions of Viking invasions in my genetic code, journeyed through painful migrations during the Irish Potato famine, and ultimately absorbed the rich tapestry of experiences that have shaped my identity.
» Field report from D. Downey

Studies on the genetic identification of the Celts

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Genetic indigenous peoples by iGENEA

By Ancient tribes, we refer to peoples from ancient times who are defined not only by their own language, culture and history, but also by their own DNA profile. An origins analysis by iGENEA determines your Ancient tribe by means of your haplogroup and genetic profile. The result refers roughly to the period between 900 BC and 900 AD.

Jews Vikings Celts Germanic Tribes Basques show all ancient tribes

This is how the DNA origin analysis works

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Send in samples

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Questions about the DNA test for Celtic ancestry

How far back does a DNA genealogy test go?

The basic test goes back to approx. 2,000 years. Premium and Expert tests date back to approx. 100,000 years.

What is the difference between the three DNA tests?

With the iGENEA Basic Test you can find out your percentage of origin, find relatives and receive a written result with a certificate about your result. The Premium Test contains the Basic Test and additionally the haplogroup, the primitive people and the region of origin for the pure paternal or pure maternal line are determined. Additional relatives can be found in the desired line. The Expert Test contains the Basic Test and additionally contains the haplogroup, the primitive people and the region of origin for the pure paternal and pure maternal line. Additional relatives can be found in both lines. Our Expert Test is the most comprehensive genealogical DNA test in the world.

How can I, as a woman, examine my paternal lineage with a DNA test?

With our DNA-Explorer you can find out your entire origin of the maternal and paternal side. Women and men can do this test. Only for a test of the pure male line we need the samples of a man, this can be e.g. the father, a brother, uncle or cousin. If you do not have a male relative, we recommend our iGENEA Basic Test (DNA-Explorer). If you have such a relative who is willing to give samples, we recommend our iGENEA Premium Test.

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