The Aztlan Gene

The Aztlan Gene

The Aztlan Gene

The Aztlan Gene is named after the homeland of the Aztec Indians. Aztlan is recorded in the myths of all the tribes responsible for the first civilizations in central Mexico, including the Mexica who founded Tenochtitlan, present-day Mexico City. The original place was in Asia and meant “strong land.”



The Aztlan Gene is found at the highest frequencies in the following predoiminantlyNew World populations. It has the status virtually of a “private allele.”  It is, practically speaking, confined to one population (American Indians) and absent in all others.



1Mexico – Nayarit and Jalisco – Huichol (n = 30)
2Mexico- Huichols- Nayarit (n=65)
3Mexico – Oaxaca – Zapoteco del Valle (n=40)
4Mexico- Huichols- Durango (n=57)
5Mexico – Oaxaca – Amuzgo (n=30)
6Samoa (n = 95)
7Polish (n = 136)
8Melungeon (n = 40)
9Hungarian – Ashkenazim (n = 178)
10U.S. Cherokee Admixed (n = 92)
11Saharawis (n = 59)
12Moroccan Berber – Asni (n = 105)
13Arizona – Hualapai and Yavapai Indians (n = 52)
14Native American – Saskatchewan (n=105)
15Scottish – Strathclyde region (n = 252)
16Native American – Michigan (n = 29)
17Mexican – Hidalgo – Metztitlan (n = 180)
18Vietnamese – Illinois (n = 108)
19Bosnian (n = 210)
20Equatorial Guinea (n = 134))
21Mexico – Oaxaca – Zapoteco del Istmo (n=30)
22Mexico – Sonora – Seri Indians (n = 29)
23Mexico – Oaxaca – Chontal (n=29)
24Mexico and U.S. – Cucupa/Cocobah Indians (n = 11)
25Mexico – Oaxaca – Chinanteco (n=40)

The Aztlan Gene is rare but found at relatively high frequencies among New World peoples. Its top match is Mexico City.

Rare Genes from History