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Fridig Surname DNA Project


As can be seen from the orthography of the Friday surname, it has been spelled at least 9 different ways over the recorded history of our family.  Are the bearers of all these surnames related in a way other than the fact that we could all belong to a general population haplogroup that represents a migration pattern from Switzerland on the European Continent.  A scientific answer to this question could be close at hand, but, let us not rush things!

There are currently two schools of thought pertaining to the origin of the Friday surname.  The most recent and foremost is the conclusion that most modern day Fridigs originated from the Swiss group dating back to 1535 in the Adelboden, Switzerland.  The second school of thought, also supported by very limited historical data, is the notion that a Hans Frydig also from Switzerland existed in the area of Orangeburg, SC also the same year (1735) of arrival into Carolina. Most records have confirmed that the prodigenty of this line ended at John Friday (1753). All other data shows that Martin Fridig's children are the modern Friday descendants.

The Fridig Surname DNA Project was developed from one perspective and was initially started in May 2005.

The stated purpose and goal, of the Fridig Surname DNA Project, is to perform Y-Chromosome DNA tests on a representative Southern United States group of males bearing the Fridig (all variations) surname in order to reliably establish the Fridig haplotype(s) and determine which of the Friday lineages share a common ancestor.  From the matching DNA data we are able to calculate the estimated time when the Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) occurred.

But first, since we all recognize that education is a pre-requisite for knowledge, it would be most appropriate to review a bit of background information and then develop the rationale for initiating such a project.   Let's begin with the Human Genome Project. 


This Page Was Last Updated:  06/07/2005