Home / Lifestyle / Every Irish person has an average of 14,000 cousins

Every Irish person has an average of 14,000 cousins

Every Irish person has an average of 14,000 cousins according to genealogy experts ancestry.com.

Let’s see, there’s Tommy, Kevin, Sean, Mikey, Paul, Peter, Mary, Sarah, Claire, Joanne, Lizzy… you get the picture.
Every Irish person has an average of 14,000 cousins

The study by Ancestry traced back Irish roots for up to 200 years, and found that each one of us shares thousands of relatives based on the number of genetic eight or closer cousins we have based on one common ancestor.

More than 5,300 Irish people had their DNA examined as part of the study.

Ireland has a long history of emigration, and that has seen the number of distant relatives we share run into the thousands.

The research found that people from Ulster had the most amount of cousins, an average of 17,558.

This higher number is likely to be influenced by the plantations in Ulster in the 1600s, with British settlers coming in to the area and increasing the gene pool.

People from the province of Munster had the average 14,000 distant cousins, while Leinster folk averaged 13,700.
Connacht people have the ‘smallest’ extended family with an average of 13,500 cousins.

Ancestry’s Russel James credits the discovery of DNA by Irish American scientist Dr James Watson as the key to learning about our family history.

James said: “That scientific discovery and the key milestone forever changed our understanding of the code that makes us who we are.

“We’ve come a long way since the double helix was discovered in 1953 and the fact that we’re now able to use that pioneering science in our own homes to enrich our lives and make new connections with relatives we never knew existed is remarkable.”

He added that Irish people should reach out to some of their distant relatives: “It might be that striking up a relationship with even a few cousins could end up being a life-changing experience – and it all starts with your DNA.”

More popular articles and videos

The mystery of what Maureen O’Hara whispered to make John Wayne look so shocked





Meghan Markle can trace her family tree back to Ireland




Matt Damon winning hearts and minds with charm assault on Ireland





Cork trio perform best Irish dance video of the year




Action hero Tom Cruise was once attacked by an old man in a Kerry pub





Celebrate with the top 10 Irish recipes

Liam Neeson speaks about his late wife in emotional interview





Dating site explains why Irish men make wonderful husband material





How to become an Irish citizen




Billy Connolly says public should ignore politicians and listen to comedians




Take a look inside Hollywood star Saoirse Ronan’s stunning Irish home




Ireland Calling Videos






























































Check out the Ireland Calling YouTube Channel for more great videos like these.

Written by Andrew MooreClick here to sign up to our FREE NEWSLETTER

About Andrew Moore

Check Also

Wonderful Irish dance video from 1972

Wonderful Irish dance video from 1972

Here is a delightful video of a man and woman performing and Irish jig in …