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Welcome to the Melican DNA Project


Project Surnames Include:


Malaken Malican Melican Milliken


According to The Surnames of Ireland by the Irish genealogist Edward MacLysaght, the Melican surname derives from the Gaelic Ó Maoileacháin and is a surname found in the west of County Clare, Ireland.

Supplementing the work of Mr. MacLysaght, the Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre in Corofin, Ireland has computerized 19th century parish records from County Clare. According to their index of 19th century baptisms, they have identified the presence of Melican families in 11 of the 47 parishes of County Clare. These parishes include:

Carrigaholt Cratloe Clondegad/Kilchreest Ennis Kildysart Killaloe
Kilmihil Kilrush Newmarket-on-Fergus Quin-Clooney Tulla

Today, Melicans continue living in these County Clare parishes, but due to immigration, can also be found in Australia, New Zealand and the United States as well as other parts of the world.

The goal of the Melican DNA Project is to identify the various family lines and possibly find genetic links between them. The project is also open to variant spellings (e.g. Malican) and anglicized versions (e.g. Milliken) of Melican. DNA testing of the male Y-chromosome is the means by which family lines and relationships will be verified in conjunction with any corresponding traditional genealogical documentation and research.

This DNA Project will:

1. Help researchers on common or related families work together to find their common heritage (See the Patriarchs tab)

2. Identify the DNA of the ancestor families and compile them into distinct genetic lineages through DNA matches

Link to the Melican DNA Project Family Tree DNA Website

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