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


    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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  1. 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”


  2. 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.


  3. 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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  4. 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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