Most Somalis trace their origins to Samaale:
The eponymous ancestor of majority of Somalis today had 9 sons:
- Irir: Dir and Hawiye.
- Gardhere : Gaalje'el, Garre, Degodi Masare, Issa and 'Awrmale
- Mayle: Hawadle
- Maqarre: Dabarre and Irrole
- Yahabur: Hubeer
- Hammarre"Harmalle": Ajuran
Although Quranyow is part of the Garre confederacy, the sub-clan actually claims descent from Dir, son of Irir, son of Samaale. This example does indeed strengthen the Somali saying: "Tol waa tolane", which means "clan is something joined together" The same could be said about Gaaljecel, Degodi and Hawadle who have allied themselves to the Hawiye section of Irir in the borders of Somalia, the Dabarre and Irrole of Maqarre and the Garre who have allied themselves to the Digil Rahanweyn confederacy and 'Awrmale to the Harti Darood section.
The Rahanweyn (Digil and Mirifle) clan traces descent from a separate patriarch called Sab. Both Samaale and Sab are said to have descended from a forefather named "Hiil", whose is held to be the common patrilineal ancestor of all the Somali clans.