DNA test

This post feels a little bit Jeremy Kyle-esque or Who Do You Think You Are? doesn’t it, but truth be told, I’ve been pumped to discover more about my heritage for years and years.

I was contacted by My Heritage DNA in the US recently who kindly offered me a complimentary DNA test without any obligation to post or share my results.

I accepted and of course wanted to reveal the findings here on my blog, as much for myself and my own family as an archived memory here on my blog, as well as for you guys…Because DNA, origin and history are truly fascinating right?!

After registering on the site and being sent a tool kit in the post with easy to follow instructions, I took a swab with cotton buds provided from both of the inside of my cheeks twirling for a minute or so, and posted the package back off to the US, receiving my results within two weeks. It might take longer for your own results, depending on where you post from, but mine arrived promptly.

My results literally blew my tiny mind and chatting to my parents about the findings, makes complete sense geographically, historically and culturally. Both my parents are originally from Cyprus and are Greek Cypriots having moved to the UK at 10 and 18 respectively, meeting at university and settling here having my brother and I.

I knew about my Greek Cypriot background, am fluent in Greek but wasn’t aware of my full cultural background.

The DNA test showed that I’m mostly South European with me being 30.8 % Greek and also 19.9% Italian (this makes sense historically as from 1489 Cyprus was under Venetian rule), 19.1 % Mizrahi Jewish – Iranian/Iraqi, 10.4% Middle Eastern, 8.5% West Asian, 7.7% North African and 3.5% Ashkenazi Jewish too.

DNA test results

Cyprus is close to the countries/religious populations listed, so again, the results make complete sense when it comes to ancestry and my blood line.

The site also matches you up with other relatives you’ve done the test and I’ve been notified of cousins on the system. How cool is that?!

Honest Mum's DNA results

I’ve always said this: there’s only one race, the human race and I know that if the entire world were to take a DNA test, there would be less racism and xenophobia. We are all mixed and are universally one. It is the faux concept of difference which divides people.

Funnily enough people stop me in every country I’ve ever visited, assuming I’m a local be it Italy, France, the Med and beyond…now I know for certain why, they were able to connect the dots in that moment of meeting me, I didn’t know existed, and I couldn’t be more proud of my heritage, and who I am.

Have you had a DNA test too?

I’d love to read your thoughts.

 

 

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20 Responses

  1. Emerald

    This is fascinating. I’ve long thought about getting a DNA test done and if I’d do I’ll certainly be writing about it too. My dad had his done and found out he was 94% Munster Irish, 4% Iberian and 2% Ashkenazim Jewish. He was delighted by the last one and told his Jewish friend who replied, “Yes, you and the rest of Europe too.” It is said that the Celts migrated to Ireland from the Iberian peninsula (and that’s there’s a connection between the Basque and Irish languages), but there’s also the story that they Spanish Armada were shipwrecked along the west coast of Ireland.

    Mind you, someone else in my family found out that the man who’d brought him up hadn’t been his real father!

    My mum’s children by my stepfather are half-Greek Cypriot and are frequently asked if they have Jewish or Middle Eastern heritage. They most probably do, don’t they? And it makes me smile because my (ex-) stepfather was so convinced that he was only Greek Cypriot and he never got on with his Italian brother-in-law. It would be great for him to find out he may have Venetian heritage himself!

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    • Honest Mum

      Oh gosh that is fascinating, have a DNA test done. I want my kids to, too. Una fatsa, Una Ratsa as the saying goes: one face, one race. We are all the same x

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  2. Susanna

    Funny enough I’ve just got a DNA kit and will be sending it off tomorrow. For me I’m desperate to know my heritage as I have just started the long haul trying to find my real birth parent. At 54 perhaps I have left it too late as quite likely they may have passed away but recent traumatic life circumstances prompted me to start the search just last week and who knows I may have brothers and sisters that I never knew about ! I just have this incredible longing to know more about my past. So these DNA kits are great ! Can’t wait for my results.
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh wow, so wonderful you are going to look for your birth parent. Wishing you so much luck darling and enjoy your DNA kit, I loved the experience x

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  3. Moonsparkle (ZM)

    Thankss for sharing, Vicki. I sounds really interesting to find out your heritage/DNA. I’m Cameroonian on my dad’s side and English and Scottish on my mum’s (pronbly some Irish as well). I don’t think race should be important but I find heritage interesting because I think it’s cool how many different types of people there are in the world. 🙂
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  4. Lisa Pomerantz

    Fascinating! I have a friend waiting for his results now! This is amazing that they can do that! Great post! #brillblogposts xo
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  5. Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    This has been so interesting. I would love to do this! We are all a blend – I’d be thrilled to discover the areas of the world I came from, especially as, due to adoption, I only know 50% of my heritage.
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  6. Nico @ yumsome

    Race is basically a political construct anyway, just as borders are, and you’re absolutely right – we’re all the same race.

    Racism is just plain dumb.

    Although I know a lot about my maternal heritage – my family is extremely well-documented in the annals of history – I know less about my father’s side. He was Venetian, so it would be really interesting to discover the makeup of that part of my genetic coding. You and I could even be related! How cool would that be?

    Mind you, if you back far enough, I guess we’re all related. Every one of us.

    Did I mention that racism is dumb? 😉 xx
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  7. Hannah Budding Smiles

    I would LOVE to do this! We know very little about my paternal Grandad’s natural heritage because he was raised by his mum and step dad. With my pale skin and red hair I would expect Celtic/Northern European ancestry but I’d love to know for sure!xx

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  8. Notmyyearoff

    That’s amazing, what a mix!! But now that you write it you can actually see a bit of all those in you. I did a different test and found it so mind blowing too. I would love to the heritage one too to see what it shows. Might go have a nosey 🙂

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  9. Michelle Reeves

    This is AMAZING Vicki and I can’t wait to do my test now too. My heritage is Irish/Welsh/English as far as I know but I’d love to know more. I also completely agree with you that if everyone did this test and realised how broad our heritage actually there would be more harmony in the World. Wonderful post Vicki, that you!

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    • Honest Mum

      You will love finding out more about your background, absolutely loved receiving my results and had no idea I had Italian in me! x

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  10. your DIY family

    Wow! This is fascinating stuff. I’ve always been so tempted to take a DNA test. And like you I truly believe that we are one – one race. It would be so interesting to find out my heritage as I too am often mistaken for Middle Eastern, South American or Southern European. I’ve even had someone think I was Polynesian! After reading this I am now more keen than ever to check it out. xxx
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