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Dickens Surname Project

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Dickens Surname Project
Lucy Nelson & Gareth Henson
Dickens Surname Project Website
Additional Project Information
DNA type(s) used Y-DNA & autosomal DNA
Project size 50+
Surname variations Dickens, Dicken, Dickin, Dickins, Dickon, Diken, Dikens, Dychin, Dykins...
Geographic areas Worldwide
Notes Image by TomHutchison CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

The project is hosted by FamilyTreeDNA and welcomes all variant surname spellings.
The project is free of charge and managed by experienced volunteer administrators.


The Dickens Surname Project extends a warm invitation to all Dickens descendants worldwide to please join our surname study! Our primary focus is identifying the various Dickens paternal lineages through Y-DNA testing as Y-DNA is passed virtually unchanged from father to son throughout the generations. Y-DNA testing is a valuable research tool that enables us to identify patrilineal connections, even in the absence of genealogical records. Thanks to our project's Y-DNA testers, we now know that the Dickens surname has multiple independent origins. Where does your family fit in? Will your test uncover a new Dickens lineage, or will you match one of our existing groups of testers? If you are a Dickens descendant with an interest in combining DNA evidence with traditional genealogy, please test at FamilyTreeDNA and join our surname project! The requirements for joining are listed below.

Project Goals

  • Assist members with understanding their DNA results
  • Organize and analyze Y-DNA results
  • Investigate surname origins and migration paths
  • Identify common ancestors and paternal lineages

Notable Connections

Our project seeks direct male surname descendants of famed English author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) and his father John Dickens (1785-1851) for Y-DNA testing. If you are a Dickens male of either line, please email one of the project administrators for more information. All other descendants are welcome to join with autosomal DNA results.

Requirements for Joining

Dickens descendants must have Y-DNA and/or Family Finder test results at FamilyTreeDNA in order to join the surname project:

  • Males with other surnames who match Dickens men in Y-DNA are welcome to join the project.[2]
  • Males and females with Dickens ancestry within 5 generations may join with Family Finder results.[3]
  • Female descendants should ask a male relative who carries the Dickens surname to take a Y-DNA test.[4]

How to Join

To join the Dickens Surname Project, click the link below, and hit the JOIN button. You'll be asked to sign in to your FamilyTreeDNA account, then hit the orange Join button and follow the prompts. It's easy and only takes a minute. You'll receive our official welcome email with additional information shortly after joining.

Contact Information

To contact one of the project administrators, click on their name from the project's website to reveal their email address.

  1. Please contact the project administrator if you don't have Y-DNA results and need assistance ordering a Y-DNA test from FamilyTreeDNA. You may join with Family Finder results while your Y-DNA test is pending.
  2. Y-DNA matches to Dickens men must be at Y-37 or higher.
  3. Only Y-DNA results will be grouped on the project's DNA Results page.
  4. Encouraged but not required.
  5. Viewing autosomal DNA matches is free for transfers.