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The name Savage is one of discriptive origin, which probably arose independently in many places when surnames were adopted around 1400AD. Early adopters in France, far from being wild or savage in appearance or bearing, lived in the wild or forest, and the name was associated with Foresters.

According to the book 'Savage of the Ards', both the Savages of the Ards Peninsula (county Down Ireland), and also of Rocksavage, Cheshire, England descend from Thomas le Sauvage, who came from France to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. In the plaque dedication on Jamestown Day in  Jamestown VA, USA, in 1931, Ensign Thomas Savage who travelled to Jamestown in 1608 on the first supply fleet is claimed as a descendent of Le Sauvage also.

There are also examples as late as the 20th Century where Eastern European names which contained or ended in syllables that sounded similar to 'sevitch' (eg Salasevicius) were Anglicised to Savage.

Do any of our results contradict or confirm

Le Sauvage was a Frenchman from Normandy. He had a high probablilty of being descended from Norse raiders and would most likely belong to Haplogroup I or R1a, and therefore all his descendents would belong to that Haplogroup also. Of course R1b can not be totally ruled out, being the most common Haplogroup in Europe and European settled regions.

It is hardly surprising that most of this project's results cluster around the Atlantic Modal Haplotype, which is the most common signature in R1b. S-3 is probably a perfect match with the AMH at 12 markers.

Other Haplogroups (ie E, G, & J) are unlikely to be the Le Sauvage Haplogroup. S-5 probably belongs to R1b-m222, which is the family to which Niall of the Nine Hostages belongs, and is native to NW Ireland. It is unlikely that this is the Le Sauvage Haplogroup. Excepting some Non-Paternal Event, S-5's ancestors probably fought against the Savages of the Ards, not with them.

S-9 and S-16 have a 32/32 match and come from the same area of Ireland. They probably share a common ancestor sometime between 200 and 700 years ago.

S-2 and S-3 have documented relationship and 17/19 match, differing on only marker 439 which is a more variable marker and also on 460.

S-2 and S-9 only have a 23/32 match and are probably not recently related.

Although S-3 and S-9 have a 15/18 match they are probably not recently related given that S-3 is related to S-2. Testing a further 14 markers on S-3 would probably show further mismatches with S-9 similar to S-2. ie around 24/32.

S-8 has an 11/12 match with S-2 and S-9, and could be recently related to either, but not both. It is recommended that S-8 test a further 13 markers.

S-11 and S-9 only have a 31/37 match at a Genetic Distance of 8 and are probably not recently related.

S-12 and S-15 have a 34/37 match at a Genetic Distance of 4 and are probably recently related.

No other results indicate any relationships since the general adoption of Surnames before 1400AD.

S-2, S-3, S-5, S-7, S-8, S-9, S-11 and S-15 share a common ancestor less than 30,000 years ago. Probably in the last 12,000 years.

S-1 and S-10 share a common ancestor with S-2, S-3, S-5, S-7, S-8, S-9, S-11 and S-15 between 12,000 and 30,000 years ago.

S-4 shares a common ancestor with S-1, S-2, S-3, S-5, S-7, S-8, S-9, S-10, S-11 and S-15 between 40,000 and 45,000 years ago.

S-6 shares a common ancestor with S-1, S-2, S-3, S-4, S-5, S-7, S-8, S-9, S-10, S-11 and S-15 between 45,000 and 50,000 years ago.

Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • A report on the participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to the earliest known ancestor

  • A classification of the participant's "deep" ancestry, which gives insight into the prehistoric origins of your surname ancestors

  • A sense of camaraderie with all who participate in the Family Project, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry

  • Stimulation to family research and 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 the Surname and the Variant Spellings

  • Locates the genetic matches that do not share your common surname

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