“Hello..I see I’m not the only one!..I am also a 30 yr old Africa American with Blackfoot ancestors and yes, Rh-negative blood. Have you found any further findings about as to how our blood type came to be?? I admit my life has changed quit a bit also. I’m soo curious NOW!”
I love the enthusiasm that people have regarding their ancestry. I too get excited, even after all these years. There are various speculations about how this blood type came to be. If I had to give a simple answer, I would tell those with Rh-negative blood type that it probably means that you have British ancestors, particularly Scottish or Irish. I don’t think though, that the short answer is good enough. I have spent more time trying to figure out the history (I too am Rh-negative) and have devoted another chapter to it in the newest book in this series, Secret Genealogy V, Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees. The paperback version is available here:
This blog is becoming a gathering place for those of us with rh-negative blood type. For the last couple of years, many of those responding appear to have African-American ethnicity. I am white, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any African ancestry. If we go back far enough,we all do.
Besides all of us sharing rh-negative blood type, we share the curiosity of why?
Thanks for sharing your ethnicity with us. It’s fascinating!
I remember the day I saw my family surname on a list of Sephardic Jewish names. The name was listed as being from the ancient Spanish kingdom of Murcia. One letter was different, they used an “i” instead of an “e” but there was no mistaking it, the pronunciation was identical. But what did it mean? Could there be a connection? Of all the countries my patriarchal ancestors hailed from, Spain was not one of them. But it reinforced my suspicions that the family may have been Jewish many generations back.
From the regions that surround her, Spain has attracted people to settle her lands. The Moors controlled Spain for several centuries. When we think of Spaniards we might picture a dark-haired and dark-eyed people with olive skin but blue eyes and fair skin like that of many Germans and Scandinavians represent the Spanish people, as do others. But an old encyclopedia states that “many Murcians… are very dark — a legacy of Moorish ancestors.” Well there you go. When the Moors, with their chieftain Tan’k, overran the Spanish kingdom in 711, there were Berbers among them. Natives of northern Africa, Berbers have a population high in Rh-negative blood.
There are a variety of explanations why someone has Rh-negative blood. Confirming them is not so easy. Our ancestral immigration and invading patterns happened a very long time ago.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Availablehere:
Some scientists tell us that Rh Negative blood factor began as a mutation well over 25,000 years ago. Some sources tell us that close to two-thirds of the Basque people carry these genes. Let’s line up the ethnic groups who have high percentages of their population who carry Rh Negative.
Oriental Jews of Israel
Black Cochin Jews
Bearing in mind that the Basque language probably originated in ancient Iberia (Spain), the above ethnic groups lead us to Africa and the Middle East. Evidence of the earliest humans is found in Africa. Later they migrated into the Middle East. Those of us with Rh Negative blood are proof that our ancestors were in that part of the world. If it’s believed that Rh Negative blood is a mutation (like blonde hair and blue eyes), having it while a sibling does not, is no different from one sibling having brown hair while the other has blonde. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Availablehere: