Other pages & sections of our site:
[Home]  [Y-DNA]   [Contacts   [Groups]  [Haplogroups[Trees]  [Project Blog]  [Special]   [FAQ]

On this page:


Taylor Haplogroup E

This page is about the Y chromosome haplogroup E. Its purpose is to explain the genealogical and anthropological meanings of the determination.

If you are coming to this page directly, you may want to read first about haplogroups in general; you will probably need the background.


As of this writing, Taylor Family Genes has 30 members in this haplogroup, about 5% of the total membership.


About this Haplogroup

Haplogroup E is believed to have originated 50 to 55 kya in East Africa or possibly Asia. Its defining SNP is M96.

Undifferentiated E is rare today; subclades are most frequent in various regions of Africa and southern Europe.

Members of this haplogroup may want to consider joining one of the DNA projects for it and its subclades. See http://www.familytreedna.com/public/HaplogroupE1andE/ or http://www.familytreedna.com/public/E1b1a or http://www.familytreedna.com/public/E3b/.

Paraphrased from the International Society of Genetic Genealogy statement at http://www.isogg.org/tree/ISOGG_HapgrpE.html:

Haplogroup E probably originated in Northeast Africa and has two major sub-lineages: E1b1a {shorthand, E-V38}, an African lineage, which spread into sub-Saharan and equatorial Africa, and is the most common lineage among African-.Americans; and E1b1b {E-M215}, which arose either in Northeast Africa or the Near East and expanded to the west, both North and South of the Mediterranean Sea. E1b1b sub-clades are found today in the Near East, Northeastern and Northwestern Africa, and in Europe, with the greatest concentrations occurring in the Balkan regions.

E1b1b1a2 probably arose in West Asia about 10,000 years ago and arrived in Europe via the southern Balkan Peninsula some 5,000 years ago where it represents about 20% of the Y-DNA. Outside of the Balkans it occurs with diminishing frequency toward the west, declining to less than 3% in Western Europe.

Haplogroup E is not common among those with western European ancestry, but a notable exception is the Attenborough family. Very British brothers, actor/director Richard and naturalist David Attenborough, are E1b1b1. It also reaches frequencies of 20% to 45% in the Balkans.

Y-DNA Values

We do not publish individual members' Y-DNA results. They may be viewed on the Family Tree DNA public site,  http://www.familytreedna.com/public/taylorfamilygenes/default.aspx?section=yresults

Back to Top

Revised: 03 Sep 2014