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About the study
History of the name
Distribution of the name
Having searched for many years for more Nubbert family members in the early 1800s and never seeming to find any, I decided to think laterally - Joseph Nubbard must have come from somewhere - but where? I contacted someone who was researching the name Neobard and who was doing a one-name study of the name. 'Do you have a missing Joseph - born about 1767?' I asked. As it turned out - she did. That Joseph would have come from Eye in Suffolk but would have been born in 1757. Not being too far away, we tried to match them up via parish records - but so far have drawn a blank.
So then we decided to get modern - and we got a male Nubbert and a male Neobard to do a DNA test using a 46-marker Y-Chromosome test from Ancestry. Y-chromosomes are passed from father to son (but not from father to daughter). To get a positive result it would mean that there would have had to have been no breaks in the line from father to son to son etc on either side.
Calculating that if related, our most recent common ancestor would be 10 generations back, we went ahead with the test. Surprising both of us completely, we got a match and the test results also estimated that our most recent common ancestor was indeed 10 generations back.
So now, we Nubberts finally have some connections - we are related to the surnames Neobard, Nebbard, Nebbett and Nevard. Now it's just a case of finding some paper records to corroborate our DNA results!