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This Test Can Prove Whether You’re Related to the Vikings

If the TV show Who Do You Think You Are is your guilty pleasure, listen up! Tracing your family history can be a rewarding task, and this short experiment can unearth some hidden secrets from the comfort of your home. Family names are an easy way to identify with a religion, ethnicity or historical place you come from, no matter how watered down your lineage might be.

Viking history is having a moment right now, as is Scandinavian travel. But do you actually know any Vikings? Surprisingly, there’s actually an easy way to check if you have some Nordic family history, and it’s all in your name.

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“The people of the Viking Age did not have family names, but instead used the system of patronymics, where the children were named after their father, or occasionally their mother,” Alexandra Sanmark from the Centre of Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands explains.

Watch the video below to see if your last name indicates Viking ancestry!

This post was written by Amber Elias. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.

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