The primary goals of the Pike DNA Project are to better understand the Pike surname and its origins as well as to assist family members with pursuing their genealogies. We reach toward these goals by supplementing traditional genealogical research with genealogical DNA tests, particularly those that focus on the Y-chromosomes of men with the surname Pike or one of its variants (such as Pyke).
By determining the genetic signature of each family's Y-chromosome, it is possible to tell which families are related and which are not. In turn, this can enable us to rebuild family trees and determine the origin of each family line. We invite all Pike/Pyke/etc families to participate, no matter where they are from.
Based on Y-DNA results from 278 project members from around the world, we have so far discovered over 20 distinct Pike family clusters, each with its own genetic profile. A list of Pike genetic clusters appears at the top of our webpage that explains the DNA Test Results that are currently available. We maintain a map that shows the earliest known geographical origins of the Pike families currently represented in our project, whereas this other map (shown to the right) illustrates the concentration of Pike families in England, Scotland and Wales at the time of the 1881 census.
This project is voluntarily coordinated by David Pike and Stuart Pike. We can be reached by email by clicking here.
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Your Help is Wanted
We are eager to gather more DNA results so that we can all gain a more complete understanding about the Pike surname and its history. If you are a male Pike/Pyke then please join the project and have your Y-DNA tested. Alternatively, if you have a male Pike/Pyke friend or relative, it is easy for you to join the project and be the contact person for his DNA results.
We are especially keen to have more participants from the British Isles join our project, as there are many Pike and Pyke families there that are not yet represented. For instance, see the white pushpins with question marks in this map.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with us. The project's volunteer coordinators can be reached by email as follows:
David A. Pike Department of Mathematics and Statistics Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, Newfoundland Canada. A1C 5S7while Stuart can be reached at:
Stu Pike 411 Walnut St #6835 Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043-3443 USA
We are members of the
International Society of Genetic Genealogy:
Also, David is a member of the
Guild of One-Name Studies: