Paternal (Y DNA) Migration Map

Your haplogroup is R-U106

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The Germanic branch of the R1b fatherline.

Your fatherline signature belongs to the R-U106 group.

R-U106 is sometimes referred to as the Germanic branch of the R1b fatherline, and this haplogroup is found in large concentrations in both Northwest Germany and the Netherlands (Hay 2017). It is important to note that R-U106 is not the only haplogroup associated with Germanic people. Nevertheless, charting the expansion and migration patterns of R-U106 is largely an exercise in charting the expansion and migration patterns of Germanic people over the last few millennia (Hay 2017). R-U106 would have been carried into Germany at the dawn of the Bronze Age, when massive Indo-European migrations were sweeping across much of Eurasia (Myres et al. 2011). Central Europe represents where two different branches of this expansion would have met again and mingled, with R-U106 (as a branch of R1b) being more common in the west of Germany, whilst R1a lineages are more common further east (Hay 2017).

Today, most R-U106 results found outside of Germany are a result of the Germanic migrations that have shaped much of Europe for the past two millennia (Hay 2017). The Völkerwanderung period helped lead to the collapse of the Roman Empire as many Germanic peoples migrated across former Imperial territories in the initial centuries of the first millennium, including the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain (Myres et al. 2011).

The Anglo-Saxons who first settled Britain in the Fifth Century AD were not one united folk, but instead were numerous disparate tribes originating from modern-day Saxony and Denmark (Lambert 2014). Although undoubtedly in part a series of invasions, there were also peaceful migrations alongside this as the new Germanic settlers moved into the power vacuum left by the newly departed Roman legionnaires (Richards 1992).

The Anglo-Saxon way of life dramatically altered British demographics, leading to a cultural and political overhaul that still influences British life today (Lambert 2014). The English language, law system, and many other key customs all stem from this time (Richards 1992). Yet there is much about the first Anglo-Saxons that would be alien to a British person today. They were pagans that worshipped a pantheon of gods and they performed great ship burials to commemorate their dead rulers (Lambert 2014). The most famous of these burials at Sutton Hoo was excavated by archaeologists and showed amongst other things that the Anglo-Saxons were connected to trade routes spanning as far as the Byzantine Empire in Greece and Turkey (Bruce-Mitford 1983).


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