Quirke Y-DNA Project


Traditional and genetic genealogy indicates that my paternal Kirk ancestry traces its origins to southern Ireland. I have learned that my Kirk kin are very close genetic matches to people with the surname Quirke (or O'Cuirc in traditional Irish). Quirke is widely prevalent in southern Ireland.

Learn more about how I discovered the evolution of my Kirk family from the Irish Quirkes in Surname Evolution: A Y-DNA Journey From Ohio to Ireland and in this film.

The Quirke Y-DNA Project will test the Y-DNA of direct male Quirke descendants tracing origins to southern Ireland and assemble their known genealogy to trace the family's written and genetic ancestry. 

The Quirke Y-DNA Project is open to any male genetically related to the Quirke surname (including spelling variations such as Quirk, Kirk, and O'Cuirc).


Like surnames, Y-DNA is passed down the male line from father to son. Tracing the Y-DNA signature of living Quirke men can help us learn more about the family's common history.

At the Who Do You Think You Are - Live conference in April 2017, Dr. Maurice Gleeson gave a lecture on Researching Your Surname With Y-DNA. In detailed remarks, he illustrates the value behind Y-DNA testing for surname research. This approach guides the Quirke DNA Project. 

Get Involved

The group is open to men whose surname is Quirke and can take a Y-DNA test (only men are eligible for this test since only men have the male Y chromosome).

If you're interested (or know someone who is), the first step is to order and submit a Y-DNA test, which can be done with Family Tree DNA:


Then be sure to join the Quirke Surname Research Project at FTDNA:


Lastly, join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Quirke/

If you have questions about which test to order or are interested in joining the Quirke DNA Project, please email familysleuther@gmail.com. 

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