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The Merdzan Surname Project


Open to all males who have a surname of Merdzan, or a similar variant, to join and discover if they share the same YDNA. Each male inherits his YDNA from his father therefore if the males who join this project have the same YDNA it will prove that they all had one common male ancestor. As all males have the same YDNA as their father it is only necessary to test one male from each branch of the family to confirm the link to a common ancestor. Who was this common ancestor? The only Y DNA analysed at this stage gives ua a clue on the ancestry of at least one branch of the family. The tested YDNA belongs to Haplogroup I1 (The former I1a, Marker M253) and is in the T2 glade. The I1-T2 glade is generally associated with Eastern Europe and has its origins with the Vikings in the Baltic regions of Sweden and northern Germany. In the west of Europe these people were known as Vikings and the Normans but in the East they were known as the Rus, Rhos, Rhous or Varangians. They commenced their raiding and trading along the rivers of Eastern Europe circa 850AD. Their activities took them as far south as Armenia and Constantinople, if not further. It is known that their initial raids on Constantinople circa 860AD were unsuccessful however due to their abilities many became bodyguards for the Byzantine Emperors circa 900AD and were known as the Varangian Guard. The activities of the Rus in Eastern Europe left a YDNA signature that can be viewed at In England and northern France they were known as the Normans. The French Normans were given land so they would keep the peace. They were knights and noblemen over their lands and joined the Norman invasions of southern Italy in about 1000AD and a number of the crusades. Their last crusade was probably the Crusade to Nicopolis in 1396 where they were defeated by the Turks. Some 9000 knights and soldiers were taken captive and returned to Turkey. This crusade may explain the reason why there is a small I1 footprint in Turkey and the Balkans.



Other surnames in Project

Mercan, Merdjan, Merdjanov, Merdzan, Merdzanic, Merdzanova, Merdzanovic, Merdzanovska, Merdzanovski

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