Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Cavey, Cavy
Category: 2 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way, but currently in some countries only.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/public/Cavie
Contact: Dr Colin Stevenson
The English Cavies and Caveys were and are concentrated in the South East, particularly Kent and East Sussex. Most of those currently spelling the name Cavie are descended from my ancestor William of Tunbridge Wells. There are sporadic occurrences of the name for example in East Midlands, West Country and Wiltshire/ Berkshire at least one of which is a variant of Carvey. The Caveys of Irish origin tend to concentrated in NW England. Most of the USA Caveys are probably of Irish origin. The distribution of Covey in 19th century shows that it is particularly concentrated in the southern England especially in Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. This opens up the possibility that Cavey/Covey evolved from a common origin into eastern and western branches in southern England.
The Cavie DNA Project welcomes all participants. We encourage you to join today!Our project is just getting started, and we expect to have many exciting discoveries.
Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your family history research. We will also discover which family trees are related. As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees will provide information about the evolution of the surname. It is possible that some of the listed surnames evolved at different times and places into other listed surnames, while others are variant spellings of the same name. DNA studies will help to clarify this.
The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown. If you believe there is a Cavie or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, you will need to find a direct line male in your family tree to participate and represent your tree. We encourage males to order a Y-DNA test for 37 markers, if possible. If you order less markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more.
Both males and females may also be interested in learning about their direct female line, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and back in time. Both men and women inherit mtDNA, although only women pass it on. To explore your direct female line, you would order a mtDNA test. For matches in a genealogical time frame, order the mtDNA Full Sequence test.
Both the Y DNA and the mtDNA test results contain no personal information, and you will match or be a close match to those to whom you are related. This is an opportunity to learn more about your origins and ancestry.
For more information go to the project profile
and see also the DNA project website
If you wish to join the project please contact me
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