Thursday, March 17, 2011
A fascinating piece in LivingScotsman.com reveals that ten centuries later there is much evidence to prove that the Viking invaders that conquered and settled various parts of Northern Scotland, especially the Orkney Islands and other Western Isles, still live on in the DNA of modern day Scotsmen. And, interestingly, the Scottish clan -- or family -- names of today are visible relics reminding us of the Viking men and women of yore who once populated the Scottish lands, bringing their language, culture and customs to that foreign shore. For instance, the popular clan name of MacIvor originally meant "the sons of Ivor," the name MacSween "the sons of Swein," the name Macaulay "the sons of Olaf," and MacAskill "the sons of Asgeir" and so on. In any reading of Old Norse texts, be it the Eddas or the Viking Sagas written in the Twelfth Century, the names Ivor, Swein, Asgeir and especially Olaf are found to be extremely common.
Just another small example of how pieces of the past still cling to us today in ways both trivial and profound.
To read the whole article, CLICK HERE: http://living.scotsman.com/features/Scotland39s-DNA-Who-do-you.6727434.jp