Common Melungeon Surname List

As time permits my intention is to research as many of these families as I can. Please contact me if you have any information you would like to share or questions.

North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky

Adams, Adkins, Allen, Allmond, Ashworth,

Barker, Barnes, Bass, Beckler, Bedgood, Bell, Bennett, Berry, Beverly, Biggs, Bolen/Bowlen/Bolling/Bowling, Boone, Bowman, Badby, Branham, Braveboy, Briger/Bridger, Brogan, Brooks, Brown, Bunch, Butler, Butters, Bullion, Burton, Buxton, Byrd,

Campell, Carrico, Carter, Casteel, Caudill, Chapman, Chavis, Clark, Cloud, Coal/Cole/Coles, Coffey, Coleman, Colley, Collier/Colyer, Collins, Collinsworth, Cook(e), Cooper, Cotman, Counts, Cox/Coxe, Criel, Croston, Crow, Cumba/Cumbo/Cumbow, Curry, Custalow,

Dalton, Dare, Davis, Denham, Dennis, Dial, Dorton, Doyle, Driggers, Dye, Dyess,

Ely, Epps, Evans, Fields, Freeman, French,

Gann, Garland, Gibbs, Gibson/Gipson, Goins/Goings, Givens, Gowan/Gowen, Graham, Green(e), Gwinn,

Hall, Hammon, Harmon, Harris, Harvie/Harvey, Hawkes, Hendricks/Hendrix, Hill, Hillman, Hogge, Holmes, Hopkins, Howe, Hyatt,

Jackson, James, Johnson, Jones,

Keith, Kennedy, Kiser,

Langston, Lasie, Lawson, Locklear, Lopes, Lowry, Lucas,

Maddox, Maggard, Major, Male/Mayle, Maloney, Marsh, Martin, Miles, Minard, Miner/Minor, Mizer, Moore, Morley, Mullins, Mursh,

Nash, Nelson, Newman, Niccans, Nichols, Noel, Norris,

Orr, Osborn/Osborne, Oxendine,

Page, Paine, Patterson, Perkins, Perry, Phelps, Phipps, Pinder, Polly, Powell, Powers, Pritchard, Pruitt,

Ramey, Rasnick, Reaves/Reeves, Revels, Richardson, Roberson/Robertson/Robinson, Russell,

Sammons, Sampson, Sawyer, Scott, Sexton, Shavis, Shepherd/Shephard, Short, Sizemore, Smiling, Smith, Stallard, Stanley, Steel, Stevens, Stewart, Strother,

Sweat/Swett, Swindall,

 Tally, Taylor, Thompson, Tolliver, Tuppance, Turner,

Vanover, Vicars/Viccars/ Vickers,

Ware, Watts, Weaver, White, Whited, Wilkins, Williams, Williamson, Willis, Wisby, Wise, Wood, Wright, Wyatt, Wynn

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  1. My Reeves family always claimed Indian descent. They came into Tennessee via Virginia. Can you help me determine if there are melungeon connections?


  2. Hello, I was wondering if you could help me more with my roots. My grandparents are from Big Stone Gap Virginia. My grandfathers was a Falin, Gilliam, Cox, Mickelborough, Mayo, Hylton, Burnett, Pettus, Strachey, Ogilvie, Graham, Wells Witt, Skaggs, Hatfield, McCoy, Mace, and so on. King James IV is also my 14th great grandfather. But I am trying to find more about my Indian family, and am also related to Pocahontas through her daughter Kaokee. I have not had any DNA tests done, but again would like to know about my Indian family, and also about the melungeons as well.


  3. If you are researching in Alphabetical order, let me know when you get to the Gibsons. My maternal grandfather was Clarence Gibson. While I have some information, I would like to trace him back to Ireland, as my DNA shows over 70% Irish.


  4. So many questions, where to start,my maternal grammaw was a cogdill and married a Raines in cocke county Tennessee in a remote area known as the 15th (we still retain the property on the old 15th Rd, it lies between del Rio and grassy fork tn.) Her mother was Elmeda Johnson who died in childbirth,her father Jim cogdill went to ww1 and her grandparents raised her, family stories have suggested her mother was NA and I’ve seen the name Luna johnson in my search once , it suggested that Luna johnson was her grandmother or great grandmother, all my grandmother’s sons look very Hispanic in old photos but a lighter skin tone,say lighter than a Mexican’s but quite a bit darker than a regular Caucasian,she her self had what I’ve heard described as very ruddy complexion but to me she looked pure cherokee. I have noticed that it can be difficult to discern skintones in old black and white photos unless some one was very pale or very dark skinned depending on the photo.I was that way too, until I moved to Vermont 20+ yrs ago, the 9 month long Winters have taken their toll but a week of 80 degree sunny days and bam it’s back, LoL, lots of blue eyes and some green to, I have brown but it’s a pretty light colored brown, I grew up in the 15th from time to time(name comes from long ago, instead of a county they were numbered districts or something to that effect) my family also looked quite a bit different than most of the people in the grassyfork/ delrio/ Hartford tn area. My grandparents and all 13 kids used to go up to NJ and work the fields when jersey was the garden state still. My grandpaw was also a Pentecostal revival preacher who has been written about in several books about the Pentecostal snake handlers, I know one was by a fella named Jimmy morrow. But I believe the melungeon is on my grammaws side. Would love to do a DNA test but I’ll be honest, I work in the medical field and I worry that the insurance companies may use that against us someday, don’t really care about me but my kids on the other hand!
    I realize my writing style is very erratic (like somebody said squirrel in front of a hound,lol) and I apologise for that, but thank you so much for your time Mrs Gray, sincerely Edward Davis (P.S. I tried looking you up on Facebook but no luck, thought I’d send some pics to get your thoughts)


  5. I would like to email you about my connection to the Shavers/Chavis/Chavers, Brown, Hall, Kelley and other family names in Alabama and Franklin County Tennesse. Andrew Jackson Chavers was my 2nd great grandfather. Are they Mulatto or Melungeon?

    Thank you,



  6. Recently made a trip to Clairborne County TN to travel the lands near the Cumberland Gap where some of my people are from. Surname is Goin. There is actually an unincorporated community named Goin that had a post office until the mid-sixties. A good deal of my research, in addition to Mulungeon, leads back to Cherokee heritage from northeastern AL. Would appreciate any comments/information you may be able to provide.
    Thank you. Take a look at this website:


    1. Are you able to expound a little more on the lineage of Melungeon peoples and the specific areas they inhabited? We’re most of these peoples of Native American ancestry?
      Thank you for your consideration.


      1. What an interesting article. I never realized that tri-racial folks as these even existed. This article provides greater insight into my families probable history.
        Thank you for your timely response and for sharing.


      2. My DNA test at age 80 found my paternal family..and every surname on the site. All the matches to me, thousands, had African blood. Right back to Newmans Ridge.

        That’s incredible

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    2. Are you able to expound a little more on the lineage of Melungeon peoples and the specific areas they inhabited? We’re most of these peoples of Native American ancestry?
      Thank you for your consideration.


  7. My family background is from West Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. My last name is Carter from my father’s sur name. On my grandmother side we are Callaway,Ray and Mitchell. Her father was surname a Steadman. On the early 1900s census our family was classified as mulattos born in Virginia/Western Virginia. Most of my siblings and I have those chestnut color eyes like our mother and grandfather. My mother never discussed what our family was mixed with or the tribe, when I asked. She just said, ” our only concern was surviving”


    1. I have been doing a lot of research just using Family Search. It is part of but the site is free. I have been able to trace lots of those names listed above back to the first settlers to this country. Also, I am related to the Bolling which go back to the Randolph and then to the Carters, and Hill last names. The other listed names are somewhere in between all of these. Jones, Smith, Martin, Osborne (was in the Revolutionary War) Stallard, Sizemore, Brown, Cooper, Perkins. The ones that I do not have in my lineage, my husband probably has a large number of the other names plus my son-in-law has a lot more of those other names. We just about cover all of those people.

      If you go on Family Search, try to think of the oldest person you may know that is in your family and who lived in the 1800’s and if you can come up with approximate birthdate and date of death, put those in and then after that push search. Also, if you know who they were their spouse, this will help even more. When some names come up, push the button for tree. If anyone has done in lineage on these people their whole lineage will pop up. Have fun tracing your lineage.


  8. My family goes very far back in this area and I have many Names in the family tree you listed: Sizemore, Green, Robertson, Robinson, Bowlin, Jackson, Allen, Thompson, Collins, Hall, Jones, Martin, Perkins, Stevens,

    Other names to look at maybe that are very intertwined – Abbot, Stacey, Griffith, Griffin,Godsey, Lacy (maybe same as Lasie you have listed)

    Ethnically my immediate family is all some mix of Irish/ North African / Subsaharan African/ Eastern European/ Southern European/ Native American.


  9. Just found out through 23 and me that I have spanish/portuguese ancestry. My grandfather had a very dark complexion and when I asked him about this he said these traits were “Black Dutch”. My family is from Tennessee and Northern Alabama. Clarks, Coopers, Saunders and Pruitts. I cannot find any info on early Portugeuse settlements in South Carolina or Virginia. Do you have any information? Just trying to find the source of my Spanish/Portugeuse heritage. Our roots go back to the late 1600’s and early 1700’s.


  10. Thank you for posting this. My grandmother, a Chapman, when young was always asked if she were Jewish, to which she simply replied, “no.” In the early 80s when I was a little girl, I remember Papaw Chapman (her father) always saying we were Dutch Indian and Black Dutch. So here we are.
    What a great feeling you must be experiencing with this new found gem! So glad I could be of help.


  11. You are very welcome, Taking a DNA test might very well help. Let me know how it goes. DNA study is not my strong suit!

    My maiden name is Barker. My mother was a Barnes. Her family is from the Cumberland Gap area of Kentucky. We have been told of Native American ancestry, but the rest is a mystery. I honestly believe we are Melungeon. Would taking one of the ancestry dna tests help determine this or just make it more confusing? Thank you for this site.

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  12. Hi. I’m a Brooks, Clark, and Cooper descendent. They, along with associated families, migrated to western NC from the eastern/coastal NC and borderline SC/NC. My Clarks were Portuguese/Croatan. These families settled in Lincoln Co and are mentioned in the Indian Commission Affairs and in a report by Robert K. Thomas.

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  13. My DNA has me 98% European and 2% Asian. My ancestors lived in Lee Co. and Scott Cos. VA then to Hawkins Co. TN. My grandfather was straight black hair, brown eyes, and really dark in the summer sun. Same with my father and his two sisters, but not as much as my grandfather. I have been wondering if we are Melungeons.


  14. My family is from Wise Dickinson and Buchanan counties in Va. Surnames on my maternal grandmas side are Mullins, Stallard, Stanley and Roberson/Robertson/Robinson. My grandma also removed warts, used scripture to stop bleeding, blew the fire out of a burn. She was very religious. The Short surname was my maiden name. My grandpa Short had black hair and black eyes. Dad claimed their was Cherokee on his side but I have found no proof. I did DNA and I’m a mixture from the middle east as well as west asian, English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh. I had dark hair and green eyes from 2 blue eyed parents. All this is so fascinating to me. Am trying to find out much more. Thank you for your work.

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    1. Ms. Lady Jae: Received some great information from you sometime ago for surname Goin. Simply wanted to reach out and see if you have anything on Sinnes to see if there’s a Melungeon connection. What I know this far is that there’s a definite Cherokee lineage with respect to Benjamin Sinnes (daughter, Jemima Sinnes-Goin). Thank you, Victoria Thornton

      Sent from my iPhone



  15. Hi Debby,
    I just came upon this site. I’m researching my Berry family from Hawkins /Tennesse and Virginia . My Grandfather was Cleo Berry Son of Lydia Price and Calvin Berry. Other Surnames in his line are Brewer, Davis, Seals, Phipps, Tagliaferro(toliver) and many more. Please let me know if you are still researching these families.
    Thank you,


  16. Hello
    I just came upon this site. I’m researching my Berry family from Hawkins /Tennesse and Virginia . My Grandfather was Cleo Berry Son of Lydia Price and Calvin Berry. Other Surnames in his line are Brewer, Davis, Seals, Phipps, Tagliaferro(toliver) and many more. Please let me know if you are still researching these families.
    Thank you,


    1. Hi Christy, I am still researching but it’s slow going. If I run across anything new I’ll shoot it your way or post it here on my site.
      Thanks for checking in!


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