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Project Background

This site is designed to be a repository for all Wing [Wynge, Winge, etc.] families. Tradition states the Wing families in England derive from one of the two villages named Wing [in Rutlandshire (Wikipedia article: and Buckinghamshire (,_Buckinghamshire)].

It appears the village of Wing in Rutlandshire was located in the Danelaw (see, and was likely settled by the Scandanavian Vikings during the 9th Century. The village of Wing in Buckinghamshire was outside of the Danelaw, and appears to have been settled by the Anglo-Saxons (see

The surname of Wing does not properly belong to a single family. DNA testing has shown the common ancestor of different Wing families likely lived more than 10,000 years ago (long before the adoption of surnames). This is quite likely due to the different ethnic origins of the two Wing villages.


Project News

We currently have results back on descendants of all three of the sons of Rev. John Wing and Deborah Bachiler who left male descendants living today. We have multiple descendants of Daniel and Stephen tested. We also have a DNA participant who descends from a Wing family supposedly from Oxfordshire England (where Rev. John Wing came from). The results of this test showed he belonged to an entirely different haplogroup, with a common ancestor living more than 10,000 years ago.


Project Results

One of our participants had a deep haplogroup testing performed. The tests results revealed that our haplogroup is R-L48 [current hierarchal designation: R1b1b2a1a1d]. This haplogroup is a sub-group of the WAMH (Western Atlantic Modal Haplogroup), in which 50-90% of males in Western European countries fall under. The R-L48 haplogroup is a recent discovery (which makes some comparisons difficult). It is believed a large percentage of the population of Frisia (see shared this haplogroup (which indicates our remote ancestor possibly came from there).

We have also discovered there are a couple of markers (in the 37 marker test) descendants of Rev. John Wing share, which are relatively rare. In combination, this creates a DNA "signature" which is a good indicator to locate other surnames who have ancient ties with our Wing family. One other family that shares many of the 37 markers (including the fairly rare markers) is the descendants of Henry Howland [father of Mayflower passenger John Howland and John's brothers, Arthur and Henry Howland who also came to Massachusetts].

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