Viking blood in England

From Science Daily: Viking Blood Courses Through Veins Of Many A Northwest Englander.

The blood of the Vikings is still coursing through the veins of men living in the North West of England — according to a new study.

Focusing on the Wirral in Merseyside and West Lancashire the study of 100 men, whose surnames were in existence as far back as medieval times, has revealed that 50 per cent of their DNA is specifically linked to Scandinavian ancestry.

The collaborative study, by The University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester and University College London, reveals that the population in parts of northwest England carries up to 50 per cent male Norse origins, about the same as modern Orkney.

I loved the place name section of this article:

After their expulsion from Dublin in 902AD the Wirral Vikings, initially led by the Norwegian Viking INGIMUND, landed in their boats along the north Wirral coastline. Place names still reflect the North West’s Viking past. Aigburth, Formby, Crosby, Toxteth, Croxteth are all Viking names — even the football team Tranmere is Viking. Thingwall is the name of a Viking parliament or assembly (Thingvellir in Iceland) and the only two in England are both in the North West — one in Wirral and one in Liverpool. [continue]

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  1. We have a family tree that starts with Harald Haarfagre first king of all of Norway in 872 A D, for that reason the book starts with Harald, It is known that he is a decendant of Odin from the book written by the Icelander Snorre Sturlasson who wrote the history of the Norwegian kings in the book “Snorre-Konge Sagaer” which starts with Odin to Harald Haarfagre to the last king in our family tree, Haakon Magnuson Circa 1382, that book is only printed in Norwegian. My son found a book written in English app. 1908 in England, it is a shorter version of the Konge Sagaer, I find it strange that that history is not made avaliable to us in North America since this history includes Normandy, British Isles, Iceland,
    Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, The Byzantine, Jerusalem, and most other countries in Europe.

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