In the last update of my DNA test results from Ancestry.com, I learned that I had a lot more Scandinavian ancestry than I was previously led to believe. It jumped from 3 percent to 13 percent including Sweden, Norway and the Baltics. Apparently, I have more Scandinavian ancestry than Scottish or Irish ancestry or German ancestry.
Southwest England (Wessex) was my top ancestry region. Southeast England and Danish were my second and third largest ancestry regions. I have no doubt where that must come from because there is no other explanation for it in my family tree. It likely traces back to the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries when the Vikings conquered and settled much of eastern England.
This is an excellent documentary on how the Vikings arrived in England and how the Anglo-Saxons fought back from Wessex and reconquered England in the time between the Sack of Lindisfarne in 793 and the Norman Conquest of 1066. Cnut the Great briefly ruled the North Sea Empire in the early 11th century at the end of the Viking Age. The English word “race” comes from Danish and came into use at this time.
Note: The Anglo-Saxons and Danes were so closely related that they were able to become one Christian people over time.