I wrote this article with Esther partly to summarise the Fitzpatrick DNA findings and my interpretation of them, and partly to address what the findings mean, at least in my mind, with respect to being a Fitzpatrick. Esther’s section will be of much interest also, I’m sure.
The article has a sound theoretical base and is published in an international peer-reviewed journal. It’s free to access. I accept the article may be too much for some, but it’s more than 20 years into the 21st century now and DNA studies are coming of age. So it’s time to think about surnames in a much deeper and more critical way.
Importantly, the paper does not present my thinking with a full-stop after it. It is a point in time where I say ‘the idea of a singular and dominant Fitzpatrick narrative is dead – it’s time to seriously attempt to uncover ALL of our other (many) Fitzpatrick narratives’. So let’s move together in that direction.