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Taylor Haplogroup R1a

This page is about the Y chromosome haplogroup R1a. Its purpose is to explain the genealogical and anthropological meanings of the determination. Also see this page about both R1a and R1b.

If you are coming to this page directly, you may want to read first about haplogroups in general; you will probably need the background.



As of this writing, Taylor Family Genes has 11 members in this haplogroup, about 2% of the total membership.

About this Group

Haplogroup R1a is believed to have originated 19 to 26 kya among the northern and eastern Proto-Indo-European language speakers in Eurasia. Its defining SNP is M420.

It is most frequent today in eastern Europe and central Russia, with significant presences in Scandinavia and Iceland.

Members of this haplogroup may want to consider joining the DNA project for it. See or one of those listed at

The following information is from Wikipedia:

Haplogroup R1a is a major Y-chromosome haplogroup currently found at high frequencies in most of Eastern Europe and parts of Central Europe and certain populations in Central and South Asia.

Distribution of R1a
Distribution of R1a in Europe & Asia

Y-DNA Values

We do not publish individual members' Y-DNA results. They may be viewed on the Family Tree DNA public site,


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