Do most modern British people most probably have at least one Viking ancestor?

Do most modern British people most likely have at least one Viking ancestor?

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Aug 2013
I live in Chesapeake, Virginia in the United State
Are most modern British people and people who are mostly are and/or people who are part British that either live in Britain or around the world are most probably actually partly indirectly descended from the Vikings/Early Medieval Scandinavians (At least having at least one Viking/Early Medieval Scandinavian ancestor.)? Just wondering. Thanks!
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Ad Honorem
Jul 2011
I would say its almost a certainty. In the same way as most people are related to royalty, or to each other, simple mathematics proves it.

Von Ranke

Ad Honorem
Nov 2011
If you are unfortunate enough to live in the Shetland Islands there are teams of geneticists armed with rubber gloves and swabs hiding behind every sand dune waiting to pounce on any islander and mug him for his DNA. The Vikings had nothing on this lot.
Aug 2013
The Keystone State
Mathmatically speaking, yes. Odds are that you have an ancestor who was a Viking if you have ancestry from the British isles. This doesn't mean that you've inherited any of their DNA, and your descent from them could have easily crossed back and forth between male and female lines.
Jul 2015
Ulaídh, Eíre
Certianly, without a doubt. Danelaw, the Norman conquest, and population migration between, Ireland, in which the Norse assimilated into Gaelic way of life.


Ad Honorem
Jun 2015
Yes. Though mostly in the areas the Vikings settled.

This means what is now Yorkshire, East Anglia (Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire), the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, etc.), and parts of North-West England such as Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Using modern England alone this means roughly the partition of the Danelaw between Kings Alfred and Guthrum.

In Scotland, this is largely in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

Wales, not so much, since whilst the Vikings raided there, they didn't settle in large numbers. Though Northern Ireland would be different, as it would have been influenced in some part by the Viking kingdom of Dublin.

It's a complex picture, since even in the English counties that were once part of the Danelaw, many people still have Saxon DNA (or DNA matching closely modern Frisia or northern Germany).

History Chick

Ad Honorem
Jun 2010
Colorado Springs (PA at heart)
According to AncestryDNA - keeping in mind this is from a sample of only 195 people - about 45% of British people have some amount of Scandinavian results.