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From: "Marie Kerr" <>
Subject: Re: [R-M222] NPE Frequency
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 14:29:21 -0500
In-Reply-To: <e0d2d2870811301002o1f56c9cctd6197fb08fc588db@mail.gmail.com>

Here's another reason (in my husband's family):

Parents' acrimonious divorce; mother dies; father remarries and moves across
country. Since the mother's family name had ended when a baby boy died,
this boy was adopted by his mother's twin brother at the urging of the
grandfather. This adoption was done at the age of 13, and the boy consented.
However, the state where this happened in the '60s seals its records, and
had he been younger, this only child may never have known. So, a name lives
on with the DNA of another.

Also, I recall reading some years back in Irish America magazine about
babies from Ireland that were put up for adoption in the US in the early
50s. These were closed adoptions, and there were some heartrending stories
of freckle-faced redheads placed within families where they stood out for
lack of physical resemblance to the rest of the family (and
taunted/shunned). Some of them spent years trying to get to the truth. One
such child was named Doherty, a common one in our group.

I suspect these NPEs happen more frequently than we expect, and I think it
would be fascinating to find out what percentage of our database is men
trying to ascertain their parentage.

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:] On Behalf Of David Ewing
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 1:02 PM
Subject: Re: [R-M222] NPE Frequency

Sandy listed some of the ways a man can end up with a different surname than
his biological father.

- adoption
- using the mother's surname when the mother is unmarried
- misattributed paternity
- pregnant by a different man at time of marriage
- adultry during marriage
- father unknown

Here are some other ways a man can have a different surname than his
biological father:

- changing family name to the name of the wife in order to receive an
inheritance or garner social standting
- person without a surname choosing or being assigned one.
- person who has a surname changing it to hide from the law or show
switched clan loyalty.
- name changed in connection with moving between cultures or linguistic
groups, as with immigration officers altering or changing altogether
they could not pronounce at Ellis Island.

As for statistics on NPEs, I remember but cannot give a citation for the
statistic that 2% to 5% of fathers turn out not to be biologically related
to their presumptive children when tissue typing is done in connection with
looking for an organ donor. As for your calculations about the Dal Riata,
you must consider that in the case of most NPEs in this group, the
biological father and the owner of the surname would both have been in the
Dal Riata group.

David Ewing
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