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I have been contacted by David Boorman who has initiated a Boorman DNA Project.  He is seeking male Boormans - can you help?  If so contact me and I will forward your email onto David.  This is what David has to say:

Do all the persons named Boorman spring from a common ancestor?

Is there any truth in the story that there were three Dutch brothers who came to Kent or Lincolnshire?

There are certainly three major lines of Boormans but so far no connection has been found.

Well-established surname directories are quite certain that the name is a corruption of Bowerman - a servant of the bower.  They attribute Boreman, Boreman, Burman, and Bourman to the same source. This would make the name location/occupation based much as "Smith" or "Butcher". 

Many feel that the spelling variations of "Boorman", "Bourman" etc., are due to the interpretation of local accents of speech; the recording clerk wrote what he thought the person had said.  Whether or not this theory stretches far enough to include "Bowerman" is debatable.  In the last five years DNA testing has made it possible to check out some of the ideas. Y - DNA testing works on the direct male line only and as such is just what we need to give more clues to the Boorman/Bowerman mystery.  This DNA testing should not be confused with tests used by the police or those used for assessing the likelihood of inherited disease.  The DNA test used in genealogy examines 43 markers in the junk region of your y-chromosome. They contain no medical information.  DNA testing is not going to save all those hours searching records but it may encourage researchers and guide them on new lines of investigation.  It will not solve parental mishaps and it cannot cope with adoption.  It could show that we are from a common source, which would demolish the Bowerman theory. 

There are many firms in the DNA business, as a search of the Internet will reveal.  My own checks and question of other family history researchers lead me to choose  They are US based but have an office in Weymouth UK. 

Go to for more information.  There is a good tutorial on

To join the project go to 

The best results will be obtained by using all 43 markers


This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012