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First Case study exhibiting VIKING ancestry added to Irish Origenes

I am delighted to have performed a successful Case Study for a Customer with very strong evidence of Viking ancestry in their commercial ancestral Y-DNA results. This included a DNA signature more typical of Scandinavian's, and distant genetic matches with many individuals living in present day Norway, if you'd like to read the full story click on this link: Its the Egan Case Study Number 2 at the top of the page

The Case Study is even more important given the fact that evidence for the Viking contribution towards the genetic make-up of the Irish people could not be detected in a scientific study by MacEvoy et al, in the European Journal of Human Genetics in 2006. This was very surprising as the Viking age in Ireland began in 795AD and lasted for nearly 400 years, or until their distant relatives the Normans arrived in 1169AD.

The evidence of this long association can be seen in the remains of Viking Forts and Castles (see picture), the most famous of which is Reginald's tower (pictured) in Waterford City. The tower as it stands is probably a Norman structure built on the same site of the Viking original, which has kept its Viking (Reginald) name. The Vikings founded the first Irish towns of Dublin, Wexford, Waterford, Limerick, and Cork. In fact prior to their arrival there were no towns in Ireland only rich Ecclesiastical settlements. They also left evidence of their presence in the placenames, which although few in number have a similar distribution to the location of Viking castles and towns; being situated along the eastern, southern, and southwestern coastline of Ireland (see image). 

In contrast to the few obvious Viking placenames and castles, Viking surnames are surprisingly common (see image). Some of the most notable Irish surnames like Rourke, McManus, and McLaughlin are derived from Viking personal names. However not all of these surnames denote Viking ancestry and many may simply reflect popular Viking-personal names adopted by the native Irish (much like parents today who call their kids after famous footballers or pop stars, the medieval Irish may have been in awe at the famous Viking warriors with names like 'Magnus' or 'Ruairc').

Viking towns and placenames in IrelandSo which Viking surnames are genuine and reflect the modern day descendants of Vikings? These genuine Vikings surnames may be the one's that are found clustered near the Viking towns of Dublin, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, and Limerick. Surnames like Thunder, Dolphin, Swan, and Kettle that could still be found as small clusters of farming communities in County Dublin in 1911. In the Table (pictured) are know Viking-associated surnames that occur as clusters of farmers close to Viking towns, so if you see your surname on the list and you have ancestry associated with that County then there is a high probability that you are directly descended from Viking warriors! But only commercial ancestral Y-DNA testing will reveal the answer! Irish Viking surnamesIf you would like to rediscover your Viking ancestry then order a commercial ancestral DNA test by clicking on the 'Are You a Warrior Banner' on the top right hand side of this webpage. This will take you to the DNA testing companies product page where you can select and order the Y-DNA37 test.  




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