The Family Trees


A growing number of Y-DNA test takers since 2007 have helped to provide a number of unique lineages of Babbs that are NOT genetically related to each other. Additionally, a large variety of 60+ pedigrees remain untested. We are actively looking for Male Babbs who still bear the surname Babb (or whose birth line descends through a male Babb ancestor) to conduct a Y-DNA test. A number of tests are available on the open market and they are NOT easily compared between testing companies.


Not all DNA tests are created equal:

I use for Y-DNA testing. The other test types are interesting but do not necessarily assist with sorting out which Babb line from which you descend. The tests offered by 23andme and Ancestry are based on a different type of DNA known as Autosomal which is only accurate up to about 5 generations. So, if the mystery you are trying to solve is within the last several generations, then the autosomal tests might be right for you. But if you want to solve the mystery of where your Babb tree comes from (which is what I want), then take the Y-DNA test. If you are female, the best thing you can do is to find a nearby male relative to take the test for you. If you have questions, please contact me before ordering your test so that I can help guide you. Know that there are hundreds of you and only one of me, so it might take me a while to get back with you. But when I do, you will have my undivided attention. So, please be patient.

Each DNA proven lineage gets its own mascot and crest to help descendants identify the differences between the lines. These are NOT historical crests, but a modern interpretation of what they might have looked like.

Y-DNA proven lineages are:

New Babb Crest-Lions of the Isles of Shoals (2016)-02 copyNickname: The Lions of the Sea
Lineage #1: DNA-01
Progenitor: Phillip Babb of the Isles of Shoals
Also Known as: USA Pedigree 01
Dates to: 1652 in the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of Portsmouth, NH & York, ME
#1a: a group of Phillips descendants in the 20th Century from the Charleston, SC area that have an atypical genetic variation. Paper records indicate them to be descendants of Phillip Babb


New Babb Crest-Green Men (2016)-02Nickname: The Green Men of Maryland
Lineage #2:
Progenitor: James, William & John Babb(s)
Also Known as: USA Pedigree 03
Dates to: 1730s in Anne Arundel, MD



New Babb Crest-White Stags (2016)Nickname: The White Stags of Virginia & North Carolina
Lineage #3:
Progenitor: <First name unknown> Babb (bef. 1741) & a variety of North Carolina Babbs in (between 1680 & 1760s)
This disjointed set of Babbs have proven their connection via DNA, though no paper trail appears to exist to unite the lineage.
Also Known as: USA Pedigree 04 & USA Pedigree 05
Dates to: before 1680 in Nansemond, VA and various locations in upper North Carolina.


Nickname: The Dragons of Somerset
Lineage #4:
Progenitor: Robert Babb
Also Known as: Somerset Pedigree 01
Dates to: abt 1480 in Somerset County, England



Nickname: The Falcons of Fremington, Devon
Lineage #5:
Progenitor: Samuel Babb
Also Known as: Devon Pedigree 01
Dates to: abt 1781 in Fremington, Devon County, England




Nickname: The Good Shepherds of Hatherleigh, Devon
Lineage #6: DNA-06
Progenitor: Edward Babb
Also Known as: Devon Pedigree 02
Dates to:1675 in Hatherleigh, Devon County, England


Nickname: The Gryphons of Halberton, Devon
Lineage #7: DNA-07
Progenitor: John Babb
Also Known as: Devon Pedigree 05
Dates to: bef. 1748 in Halberton, Devon County, England