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From: "Gary Rea" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] 25/25 match - different surname
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2003 00:30:35 -0600
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I believe the original post in this thread dealt with completely different
surnames, not mere spelling variations. He/she was talking about names that
have absolutely no resemblance to each other. I have matches to several
people of completely different surnames, myself, and the explanation given
by FTDNA was the same one I gave: the MRCA ancestor lived before there were
any surnames. My matches were to people whose line adopted a different
surname than my line.

Gary Rea
Project Administrator
Rea Surname DNA Project

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Sent: Friday, November 07, 2003 10:58 AM
Subject: [DNA] 25/25 match - different surname

> There are many reasons why males with different surnames may match on a
> test. An obvious reason is that the name has changed in small increments
> over the centuries. Our Renshaw DNA project is also testing Renchers
> some of the Renshaws became Renchers. We have learned that the name may
> originally have been Ravenshaw, which is quite far from Rencher although
the two names
> share an initial letter.
> Another reason for shared DNA by males with different surnames is
> vs Anglicization. I remember reading somewhere that the surnames Beacham
> and Fairfield are the "same" name. The original name was French --
> It was Anglicized to Beacham and translated to Fairfield. There must be
> paired surname derivations like Beacham and Fairfield. One that comes to
> as I write is Venable and Hunter. I believe both are derived from
> huntsman.
> We found seven matches in our 12 marker DNA tests on the Renshaw list and
> have ordered four 25 marker tests. So far, two 25 marker tests have been
> received and are a perfect match. We are considering marking one of these
> "public" in the FTDNA files to see if we match anyone outside the project
who carries
> a name which might bear a relationship to Renshaw.
> Eleanor Everall Gordon
> Renshaw DNA Project Co-Administrator
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