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About the study

The Warburton One-Name Study incorporates a DNA Study and has already determined that the name has a single locational origin in the village of Warburton in Cheshire, but multiple original adopters of the name. The principal of these adopters, the ancestor of 25-30% of all Warburtons, is descended from a Norman knight, Odard de Dutton, whose male line ancestry can be traced by DNA to Western Germany and is linked to half the Royal houses of Europe, including that of Britain.

The study aims to develop or collect extended family trees and identify the y-chromosome profiles associated with these trees. All input and assistance in meeting these objectives is welcome. Such input couldinclude, but isn't limited to, developed Warburton trees, information from parish records, obituaries, and monumental inscriptions, stories and photos, DNA participation, and contributions to the expense of DNA testing.
The study website can be found at:

The information on this page is expanded upon on the website.

Name origin

Warburton is a locative name deriving from the hamlet of Warburton in Cheshire.

Historical occurrences of the name

The hamlet of Warburton was named after a Saxon princess and saint. The earliest known person the adopt the name lived in the 13th century. He was in turn descended from a follower of William the Conqueror.

Name frequency

There are roughly 10,000 Warburtons in the UK today, most frequently in Lancashire, Cheshire, and Yorkshire.

Distribution of the name

Warburtons can be found in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.


My objective is to make all my data available on the website in an easily downloadable form.


The study incorporates a Y-chromosome DNA project hosted at Family Tree DNA. To join the project go to:

Results are reported on the Warburton project web page at:
They are also reported with additional commentary and on the Warburton Website.