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What countries were the Vikings from?

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Viking Countries

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The original Vikings were Nordic (Scandinavian): Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands and The Aland Islands. However, many of the earliest Viking settlements conquered by Vikings were Celtic (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornall and Brittany) and Slavic (Eastern Europe / Russia). How much of an impact did the Vikings have on these countries?  Check out our articles about Scottish VikingsIrish Vikings, and the Rus of Kiev and the Varangians.

The Irish DNA Atlas Project (completed in December of 2017) discovered that up to 20% (one out of five) of today's Irish population ...has Scandinavian ancestors. Scotland and other surrounding countries are seeing similar findings. The Nordic / Celtic blend became so strong that by the time Vikings settled in Iceland, approximately 25% of the men had Celtic ancestry as well as half of the women.

What other countries were invaded, conquered or visited by Vikings?
During the peak of the Viking age (800 A.D - 1150 A.D.), Vikings continued to travel, conquer and eventually settle in England, Iceland, Greenland, Great Britain, Normandy, Europe, West & Middle Francia, Italy, Spain, Islamic Iberia, Islamic Levant, Canada / North America (Vinland) and beyond. 

 

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Frank

December 1, 2018

I took the DNA test. It said I was 50% Irish, 10% western Russian, 11% Northern European, some Scottish, some English, some German but no Scandinavian.

I’m 6’3” 265 lbs. with pale skin an extremely blonde hair. My great grandfather was from Sweden. I guess it shows how far our Viking ancestors ventured out.

Bjørn Westrheim

December 1, 2018

Well with a name like mine most can guess im Scandinavian, Norway to be exact.Our family Name originates from Tromsø, Norway.

Larry Ahl

December 1, 2018

I have not done a DNA test yet but I presume I have lots of Viking blood in me. Both my grandparents on my fathers side immigrated to Canada from Sweden. They were both born in Sweden.

CHARLES E STALLARD JR

December 1, 2018

Have documented ancestuary dating back to 1240..Scottish viking blood and back in 1951 the Burnette clan owned the Crathes castle..of which my mothers uncle had lived in the cottage house below as he gave Scotland trustee rights until his passing in 2008…Technically im Black Irish,,but have considerable dna 46% Scottish…Love reading about family history,actually have a relative who fought with the 13thRobert the Bruce,,,,also love your jewelry,,,have 1 piece that resembles coat of arms…Charles

Kevin Carlson

December 1, 2018

I knew my paternal great grandfather was Swedish but assumed I was mostly English because of my grandmothers’ origins. 48% Nordic, 38% Irish. Grandmother from England was an Addison. Viking settlements found in her family’s town. I’m 6’5",tan skin though. 5% Iberian. Skol!

Robert Noe

December 1, 2018

Sounds like there’s quite a few of us Scandinavian Irish. We should have a party like our ancestors did.

Jeannie Byers

December 1, 2018

I did my dna through Ancestry and my results came back 41% Swedish. Woo hoo I am a VIKING! A few months later I got an update, as Ancestry had added 300,000 more samples. I am now 19% Swedish, and also Welsh, Scot, Brit and a bit of northwest Europe thrown in for good measure. I have a grandmother from Sweden (Petersen-Washburn) and a great grandfather from Ireland (Kane) who was a merchant seaman shipping from Boston Harbor. I am blond with green eyes. My dad had curly blond hair and blue eyes and I have two red-headed brothers with freckles!

Debra Larsen

December 1, 2018

My father was born in south eastern Norway Flekkefjord, I’m 67 percent Norwegian 20 percent Irish 13 percent English. I am a daughter of Vikings.

Miguel Ángel

January 9, 2018

I’m Spanish, but spent almost a year living in Norway. When there, people realised I’m not Norwegian just when I started talking and knowing almost no Norwegian at all. I’m pale skin and light eyes with a very long (even dark brown) hair and quite tall for a Spanish. I gess there must be some nordic blood in my veins.

Andrew Leggett

January 9, 2018

I’m Australian of mixed English and Scots ancestry. My DNA analysis shows I am 69.7 per cent Scandinavian, 15 per cent Italian (the Romans!) and about 11 per cent British Celt (my Scots ancestors invaded the inner Hebrides from Ulster in the 6th century). The rest of me is a mix of Sardinian and Iberian (probably the Romans again! My Vikings may have been Norsemen who ended up speaking Gaelic after they bred with my Hebridean ancestors, and Danes who invaded the East coast of England, especially Suffolk. I expected to have some Viking ancestry, but was amazed to find almost 70 per cent!

Denise Olson

January 8, 2018

Took the DNA test, knew I was Norwegian, but am more than I realized..2nd generation born here, have Great Britain with Irish blood as well!!! Oslo 2018 Ja?

CALVIN NEUBAUM

January 5, 2018

Was told by my mother (Andersen) I was Swedish and Danish. I have red hair grey eyes and pale skin. DNA says 3% Scandinavian, 43% Great Britain. The other major was 36% Western Europe from my father.

Thomas Norgaard-Graversen

January 5, 2018

My family is from Denmark but i hv never done our family tree.

Jo cotton

January 4, 2018

One of my family trees goes back to the 11hundreds to A Viking king. A king Olaf I believe. I have a red head son, and we like to say that he is our Viking! And our daughter is very Nordic looking with her strawberry blonde hair with white eyebrows and eye lashes.

Michael Garvey

January 4, 2018

My family hails from sligo in the west of ireland my grandad was born in sligo town ..Ive been told i come from viking blood.

David gray

December 31, 2017

My last name is Gray and i have Dna that dates back to saxson gray with william the conquerer .im blond hair blue gray eyes very muscular. MY LINIAGE IS TO THE HOUSE OF GRAY IN SCOTTLAND .ID LIKE TO FIND MORE INFO

Samantha Darrien

December 5, 2017

My grandfather was Norwegian and came from a very large Norwegian family. I am Scottish and have light blue eyes and pale skin. I have received information regarding my family in Norway and advised that my family name Kristiansen is as common as smith in the UK.

Gene bazan

November 21, 2017

I have predominate bloodlines from Denmark,Sweden,Norway with secondary lines from Ireland an Scotland proud to be Norse

Zet Peniakoff -warner.

November 20, 2017

I did my dna and I’m 13% Viking

Adam Thorson

September 16, 2017

UFF DA!

Adam

August 1, 2017

I had my DNA analysed recently and found out that I have Scandinavian heritage (one of my great grandparents was 100% Scandinavian)

Alexander Matthiasen

August 1, 2017

I’m danish, have a family tree going back to 1634, nothing non-danish at all and over 90% being from the eastern and northern (northeast) parts of Jutland.
My family from the 1600s lived in a viking shipbuilding area, which makes me assume they were boat builders in the viking age. My maternal haplogroup is J1b1a making her of direct Celtic heritage. Her maternal ancestor was probably kidnapped from Scotland around 900s.

Bryden Clausen

August 1, 2017

I believe my great grand father was from Norway. I don’t have enough documentation to to trace back. How can I go about getting more info?

Michelle VanAllen

July 31, 2017

I have Danish, English, and Scottish blood among many others. I am sure there is Viking in there.

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