Thursday, October 7, 2010


Human y-chromosome DNA has been categorized into 20 haplogroups by genetic scientists. Each person living on the earth today so far tested, belongs to one of these 20 haplogroups. Those tested with prominent Swiss surnames, fall into six of the 20 haplogroups. By tracing the origins of the haplogroup and sub-group, one can reveal the migration pattern of one's ancestors. Some of the results are quite surprising.

Below is a list of prominent Mennonite family names and the haplogroup each name represents (Some people with the same surname have different genetic origins and may not share the same haplogroup).

Haplogroup E1b1b1a2 - Gingerich, Groff, Witmer
Haplogoup G2a3b1 - Beiler, Howery, Kurtz,
Haplogroup I1 - Bachman, Bowman, Hess, Landis, Musser, Snyder, Troyer
Haplogroup I2b1 - Huber, Lehman, Martin, Yoder, Zimmerman
Haplogroup J2 - Esch, Nisley, Schrock
Haplogroup L2b - Good
Haplogroup R1b1b2 - Ammon, Bear, Binkley, Bricker, Brubaker, Buckwalter, Burkholder, Ebersole, Gerber, Habecker, Herr, Hildebrand, Hochstetler, Houser, Kauffman, Kolb, Kraybill, Lapp, Nissley, Lehman, Lichty, Longenecker, Miller, Mumma, Neff, Sauder, Shearer, Shirk, Stauffer, Strickler, Weber, Wenger


  1. Hi David, please add Friding|Frydig/Fridig family who came to Frutigen Bern about 1433. Other names in the i2b1 Haplogroup are Zehender/Zender, Brunner, Ritter(=Rieder?), Lybarger, Leuenberger, Rettig etc..

  2. Hi Darvin, any additional members added to these groups. excited to see any additions.Regards, Jeff

  3. where came your information from? at ftdna I'm the only "Zender".