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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:

Runchaman, Runchman, Runcie, Runcieman, Runciman, Runcy

with historical spelling variants: Rounseman, Runchiman, Runchyman, Runshiman, Runsieman, Runsiman, Runsoman, Runsyman consigned to the dustbin of historical records, at least according to WorldNames Public profiler.

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

Black's "The Surnames of Scotland" shows Runciman and Runcieman as the name of an individual who had charge of the 'rouncies' or hackney-horses and lists several early individuals from records:

Patrick Runsyman indweller in Roxburghshire in 1488; John Runsyman who witnessed an instrument of sasine in 1496; James Runsiman & William Runsiman tenants in Birnie, Elginshire in 1565; Johnne Runsyman reidare at Une, Aberdeenshire in 1574; Alexander Rounseman tenant of the marquis of Huntlie in 1600; George Runsieman in Newlandis 1633; David Runsiman retoured heir of John Runsiman in Croylet in the regality of Kinross 1653; Alexander Runchiman weaver in Bassiden 1666;

This Runciman DNA Project and the 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

Useful Links

In addition to those in the menus above

This Project's website is now hosted at

Click here to order a DNA test in the Runciman project
(but check out the Help (aka project diary)  page first as there may be money in the kitty to reduce the cost)

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