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Surname DNA testing is the newest tool available to genealogists!

  • Surname tests allow genealogists to verify their father's father's...father's paternal ancestry.
  • Surname DNA information can be very powerful when combined with traditional paper trails.

The following Surnames are currently included in this project:

Fairbairn, Fairburn, Fairchild, Freebairn, Fairbairns, Fairbarns, Fairben

The Fairbairn DNA Project is open to all Fairbairn families, of all spelling variations, and from all locations.  
(If your surname is not included please contact the Project Administrator.)

This Fairbairn DNA Project and companion One Name Study were started to:

  1. Help researchers from common or related families work together to find their shared heritage.
  2. Identify how the participant's families are connected, both genetically and through paper trails.
  3. Identify and confirm genetic Lineages of ancestral families.
  4. Ultimately catalog pedigrees and genetic connections of all of the known project families.

Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • The participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to his earliest known ancestor.
  • The participant's "deep" ancestry (Haplogroup), which identifies the paternal ancestor's prehistoric origins.
  • A sense of camaraderie, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry
  • Stimulation to family research and renewed sharing of information
  • A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of your Surname and the spelling variations
  • Your genetic matches who do not share your common surname
  • The knowledge to understand our ancestors better - particularly where the records have been lost

Some background:

  • Black's "The Surnames of Scotland"

    Other variants he notes are Faribarne 1536 and ffairbairne 1646.

    Robert FREBORN or FREBERN making a gift of two carucates to the Abby of Neubotle c 1150 and witnessing the grant be Serlo, clericus regis, to the Abbey of kelso.
    About 1153 Radulf FREBERN had a grant from Malcolm IV;
    Walter FREBERN witnessed a charter by Hugh, cancellarius regis, to the Abbey of Arbroath;
    Robert son of Robert FREBORN, witnessed a charter of the third part of Lambertun c 1190-1200;
    Robert, son of Robert FREBERN, witnessed a charter by David, son of Tructe in favour of Kelso Abbey c 1200;
    John FREEBURN in Polkem, parish of Livingstone, 1702;
    Charles FREEBAIN a racksman of Persabus, Islay 1780

    • The entry for FAIRBAIRN:

    • Posits that it is a "metathesis for Frebern" and mentions a correspondent of Rev. Robert Wodrow in 1705 spelling the name indifferntly as 'Farbairn' and 'Freebairn'.
      Stephen Fairburn, burgess of Berwick on Tweed, held the hostelry of the abbot and convent of Arbroath in Dundee a. 1327.
      A James Forbrayne, admitted burgess freeman of Glasgow, 1601 may be an erroneous spelling.

    • The entry for FREEBAIRN mentions (amongst others):

  • NB the more English versions of FAIRBURN and FAIRCHILD are both found amongst descendants of this project's FAIRBAIRNs, particularly in North America.

Useful Links

In addition to the  links sbove check out the Site Content links for generic DNA information, and the following may be of interest:

Click here to order a DNA test in the Fairbairn project.

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