Viking DNA percentages? They’re the newest option at Living DNA testing company. Here’s what they’re all about.
DNA testing company Living DNA has launched a new option: a Viking Index. This feature is based on the ancient DNA results from 446 Vikings excavated from locations all across Europe.
Explore your Viking DNA
“The Viking era lasted from 789 AD to approximately 1066 AD (Brink and Price 2008, Jesch 2015) and had an enduring impact upon the peoples of Europe,” says the Living DNA announcement. “Many of the royal families of Europe can trace their lineage back to the Viking rulers and the kingdoms that they founded across the continent.”
“Now, using the latest academic and scientific research, we are able to tell you how similar your DNA is to those ancient Norsemen that have captured imaginations for generations. Within 48 hours, you can delve even deeper into your Viking ancestry and explore which Viking population group we have identified most similar to your DNA.”
Wait–you can see which Vikings? There’s more than one kind? Yep. They divide Vikings into four distinct genetic groups:
Vikings of Eastern Europe
Vikings of Norway
Vikings of Denmark and Sweden
Vikings of Great Britain, Ireland and Iceland
The Viking DNA Index at Living DNA
The new tool compares your DNA to these ancient profiles, and to the fellow members of the Living DNA database. The result? Your Viking Index.
So in my case, I am 57% more Viking than other people in the Living DNA database. Perhaps that earns me one of those fancy hats with the horns…?
Remember, this isn’t necessarily a measure of how Viking you are, but rather if you are more or less Viking than other members of the Living DNA community. Additionally, you will find out if you are more closely aligned with any of their various subgroups (Norwegian, Swedish and Danish, British and North Atlantic, or Eastern European). This is just another way to explore what your DNA can tell you about your ancestral ethnicity.
There is a $20 fee for this bit of insight into your deep ancestral past, available whether you test with Living DNA or upload your test results from another company (as long as you have European ancestry). It’s all in fun. You’re not going to make any family history relationship breakthroughs, but you might satisfy a curiosity. Or earn yourself some fresh bragging rights at the next family gathering–and perhaps awaken another relative’s interest in testing.
As founder and CEO of Your DNA Guide, Diahan Southard has been teaching people how to find family history answers in their DNA for several years, and she's been in the genetic genealogy field since its infancy. Diahan teaches internationally, writes for popular magazines, consults with leading testing companies, is author of Your DNA Guide–The Book, and producer of Your DNA Guide–the Academy, an online learning experience.