'1m Britons' descended from Vikings
Published 10/03/2014 | 00:22
Around one million Britons can claim direct descent from Vikings, according to a new DNA study.
Researchers compared Y chromosome markers, which are inherited from father to son, from more than 3,500 men to six DNA patterns rarely found outside the Norse warrior's native Norway and Sweden.
Other areas that scored highly included the Orkney Islands (25.2%), Caithness (17.5%) and the Isle of Man (12.3%).
The researchers found around one in 33 men across the UK, or 930,000, were a direct match.
T he study, commissioned to coincide with the launch of the new series of the US TV show Vikings on the Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service, only tested men whose grandfathers had lived in the same areas.
"The research suggests that the concentration of Norse blood is quite variable, but as the Y chromosome only relates to the nation's male population and only to one ancestral lineage for each man, there is a very real chance that many more of us are related to the Vikings."
:: The 10 areas of Britain with the highest concentration of Viking ancestry are:
1. Shetland - 29.2%
2. Orkney - 25.2%
3. Caithness - 17.5%
4. Isle of Man - 12.3%
5. Western Isles - 11.3%
6. North West Scotland and Inner Hebrides - 9.9%
7. Argyll - 5.8%
8. Yorkshire - 5.6%
9. North East Scotland - 4.9%
10. North England - 4%