Vikings in Portugal

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I want to know what my forum colleagues think about this matter since it is something that not even portuguese know about or they do not care.
Well I want to know the opinion of people here that know a lot more than I do about genetics and anthropology and than when they do I'll say what I have found that is somewhat interesting.
 
I want to know what my forum colleagues think about this matter since it is something that not even portuguese know about or they do not care.
Well I want to know the opinion of people here that know a lot more than I do about genetics and anthropology and than when they do I'll say what I have found that is somewhat interesting.

If you believe in the viking sagas , then Bjorn Ironside was the only Viking I know that landed in Portugal on his way to Pisa in Italy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Muns%C3%B6

[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B6rn_Ironside


I have no opinion if its true or part-true
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One of my Great Aunts who has lineage from the Western Iberian Peninsula has distant Scandinavian.
 
Many areas with a significant known presence of Vikings, including Scandinavia, eastern England, and the Orkney and Shetland islands, have high levels of y-haplogroups I1, Q, and R1a, which are not common in Portugal. That said, I certainly think it is possible, and even likely, that Vikings did travel to Portugal and occasionally settle there, only not on a large scale, certainly much less than they did in England. I think that, as a whole, Portugal is more Celtic than Germanic.

Do you have reason to believe that you might have Viking ancestry?
 
You are right when you that Portugal has much less viking ancestry than england, normandy or even france as a whole, but only with a little exception of an area of the country that comprises today P?voa do Varzim, Vila do Conde and Esposende(south part).
That said Portugal has with almost all certainty more north african dna or even moorish as a whole but in this particular place I have described there is certainly a lot of viking ancestry that was for a long time enclosed in a comunity for some time (fishermen comunity proven by arqueological findings) , this comunities dna started after a while to spread inwards to the continent ( mainly to some citys in northwest portugal ).
I have unfortunately no dna proof which is a shame but I intend to get it.
There is something I don't think it is a coincidence that people that carry the surname "costa"or "costeira" which means a person that came from the coast, these people almost always (in northwest portugal) a very nordic appearence like two uncles of mine who inherited that surname from my grandmother and aa big family in my area by the name of costeira.

Waiting for your feedback with my all respect for your comments and I completely understand your disbelief. I am not saying that these people will have for sure more scandinavian dna but I would bet a lot of money in it.
 
You are right when you that Portugal has much less viking ancestry than england, normandy or even france as a whole, but only with a little exception of an area of the country that comprises today P�voa do Varzim, Vila do Conde and Esposende(south part).
That said Portugal has with almost all certainty more north african dna or even moorish as a whole but in this particular place I have described there is certainly a lot of viking ancestry that was for a long time enclosed in a comunity for some time (fishermen comunity proven by arqueological findings) , this comunities dna started after a while to spread inwards to the continent ( mainly to some citys in northwest portugal ).
I have unfortunately no dna proof which is a shame but I intend to get it.
There is something I don't think it is a coincidence that people that carry the surname "costa"or "costeira" which means a person that came from the coast, these people almost always (in northwest portugal) a very nordic appearence like two uncles of mine who inherited that surname from my grandmother and aa big family in my area by the name of costeira.

Waiting for your feedback with my all respect for your comments and I completely understand your disbelief. I am not saying that these people will have for sure more scandinavian dna but I would bet a lot of money in it.

Hi! Only a big enough sample can provide a statistically reliable result, not personal impressions upon a small number, even if accurate; the surname (father's) transmission is like the Y-Haplo's transmission: it is not linked to all genom; so it would be necessary tu study hundreds of Costa names people before beginning make a rule and I doubt it could confirm your impression (or only N-W coastal Portugueses would have given this surname);
and nordiclike appearance (blond head hair is not sufficiant for diagnose by the way, and a blond head haired man can be hairs mixed in other parts of his body) is not by force the proof of a Viking or Germanic origin; at a lower level, some Celts or Slavs could have produced some similar phenotypes or phenotypes giving the same impression; it's true that Minho region is fairer than the remnant of Portugal, even a bit fairer than Galicia as a whole (I ought to say "less dark" in fact), but have you arcehological prooves of a typically viking settlement in the area - keep in mind Sueves and Wisigoths passed through western Iberia too...
 
Yes the big problem would be to separate the viking dna from the suebi, the visigoths and even some vandali.
I believe the best way to differentiate is that the germanic admixture from barbaric peoples will be more widespread with its peak in the countryside areas near the city of braga( the capital of the suebi) since it started to come in the early fifth century with the suebi while the viking admixture would have come in the early eleventh century and because of this fact it is less widespread and so in a research it might show up as a lot or not even show up.
 
Yes the big problem would be to separate the viking dna from the suebi, the visigoths and even some vandali.
I believe the best way to differentiate is that the germanic admixture from barbaric peoples will be more widespread with its peak in the countryside areas near the city of braga( the capital of the suebi) since it started to come in the early fifth century with the suebi while the viking admixture would have come in the early eleventh century and because of this fact it is less widespread and so in a research it might show up as a lot or not even show up.

As a fellow Portuguese and of the name of Costa, I also believe it to be possible, because of the Viking settlements here in the north of Portugal. There had been several raids for over 50 years. The mix of blood is not only a possibility but a certainty. It might not be as comon as moorish or visigothic but it is present.
 
Scandinavian DNA in Portugal HAPLOGROUP I1

You are right when you that Portugal has much less viking ancestry than england, normandy or even france as a whole, but only with a little exception of an area of the country that comprises today P�voa do Varzim, Vila do Conde and Esposende(south part).
That said Portugal has with almost all certainty more north african dna or even moorish as a whole but in this particular place I have described there is certainly a lot of viking ancestry that was for a long time enclosed in a comunity for some time (fishermen comunity proven by arqueological findings) , this comunities dna started after a while to spread inwards to the continent ( mainly to some citys in northwest portugal ).
I have unfortunately no dna proof which is a shame but I intend to get it.
There is something I don't think it is a coincidence that people that carry the surname "costa"or "costeira" which means a person that came from the coast, these people almost always (in northwest portugal) a very nordic appearence like two uncles of mine who inherited that surname from my grandmother and aa big family in my area by the name of costeira.

Waiting for your feedback with my all respect for your comments and I completely understand your disbelief. I am not saying that these people will have for sure more scandinavian dna but I would bet a lot of money in it.

Hi
There is Scandinavian DNA in Portugal, I am Portuguese and have some percentage of Scandinavian DNA. Whether it was brought in by Viking invasions/settlements I don’t know. But it’s not at all uncommon.
 
My son-in-law, born in Minho, gets 8.8% Finnish with DNA Land, 8% Finland + 5% Scandinavia with Gencove, 6.6% Baltic with Eurogenes K36.

But of course, it's hard to tell whether this share of northern blood came with the Lusitanians, the Celts, the Germanic tribes, or the Vikings.

I'm not even sure Finnish equates Scandinavian in any way ; it may refer to some northern-WHG derived blood. Anyway, the data above is all I can contribute.

Considering the wide range of possibilities, I would strongly advise against grounding hypotheses in phenotypical observations. Only way to know will be to get people to test. Then Y-dna and autosomal mix could provide clues.
 
Since i'm Ethnically related to the Portuguese i can say that in some DNA test i did get Finland but like around 2-5% but in other tests i didn't. like the rules in south Europe there is a large mixtures of different admixture of people. However since it would be low it would not affect your look (the blond might be the goths or others).

it's true that Minho region is fairer than the remnant of Portugal, even a bit fairer than Galicia as a whole

I can understand this since a lot (not all) of Galicians look very "southern European" not western. But north Portugal also follow this rule.
 
There's a few percent of Scandinavian and North-Western European admixture in parts of Portugal and Spain based on 23andme. This may mean nothing but if we consider the history of the based land then there's a high coincidence that this genetic footprint might be the signature of actual historic events happening in the past.
 
Suebi King

Im Portuguese from Vila do Conde its neighbours of Povoa de Varzim , its 15km to Porto

I Come from vila do conde mom and father side

My grand father Paternal is Jo?o Andr? Bicho, my Grand Mother Paternal is Anna Postiga

My Grand Father Maternal is Jo?o Eus?bio Da Costa

My Grand Mother Maternal is Maria de F?tima Moreira De Castro Das Neves


My haplogroup Y DNA is i-m253

And thats very very very strange In myheritage i am

35,3% Iberian (Portugal and Spain)
33,5% North West European (France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)
11,2% Balkan (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Mont?n?gro, Bosnia Hezergovina, Kosovo, Albania)
8,7% North African (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lybia, Egypt)
7,2% Italy
2,9% Jewish Ashkenazi
1,3% Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Im choked the Big North west Europe its high like iberian ...but if i have nordic ancestor and he mixted with people of portugal his nordic dna doesnt Big In his descendant...
But 33,5% its more than one or 100 ancestor In the 400 at 700 years....
Sorry for m'y english
 
I don't know, but I have an intuition that such a high (33.5%) Northwest European admixture must mean that the Iberian component is just not as comprehensive as far as Iberia is concerned, so that many if not most Iberian populations, particularly in Northwest Iberia (Porto is already near to Galicia), must appear as some mix of Iberian + Northwest European. You should try to find the myheritage results of other people from Northwest Iberia (North Portugal, Galicia) and compare them. I wouldn't be surprised if those labels are just not as precise as they purport themselves to be, so that in fact much "Northwest European" is found in Iberia since many centuries or milennia ago, but since it is more common in higher frequency in France or Germany it was assigned to that region, not Iberia.
 
I agree. In fact, the majority of that is probably French, since it's included in northwest Europe in this calculator.
 
Suebi King


"my Grand Mother Paternal is Anna Postiga"


És da família do Hélder? ;)


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My haplogroup Y DNA is i-m253


And thats very very very strange In myheritage i am

33,5% North West European (France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)

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Did you get any "Scandinavian" in myheritage?


I got around 22%.
 
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I also have some (Northern) Portuguese ancestry and I scored some Scandinavian in the older version of MyOrigins, but it's disappeared in MO 2.0. I still score Finnish in many calculators, but I don't think it would relate to Scandinavian.
 
Well, I gotta say that when I started this forum I knew nothing about genetics. Now that I am a little more enlightened on the matter I would never create such a forum.
My question was pretty much ignorant (and I know that a person who asks must be ignorant or he wouldn't have doubts in the first place.
That being said, I asked that about three years ago so like everything my opinion on the matter of the vikings in Portugal topic is much more refined as is my English.
My opinion nowadays and I must say that I do not speculate like three years ago. The matter about vikings in portugal is now clearer to me and to everyone who keeps an eye on scholarly news.
The Vikings did found a colony between the rivers Cavado and Ave in northern Portugal, we know that because they left material remains (very little remains but still it's there), about the anthropoligal view that I used in the first place to ask my question, it is still the same, my family is pretty much what stereotipicaly northern europeans look like ( pale skin, light eyes and light hair).
About the viking genetic influence on the portuguese population, it must be minimal except in the area where we know the vikings settled but still very little, I believe we could equate the viking admixture with the arabic admixture (since most moors were local or northern african) and as for calculators, they still need to be greatly upgraded to be at least comprehensive (for me the best one so far was 23andme but the only way we can have a trustworthy admixture calculator is to have thousands of samples for each supposed admixture.

Now, to end this bad excuse for a forum I would like to say that if it were now I would never ask such a trivial question and I guess that is the reason that I don't comment often because most of the times I don't have anything pertinent to add to a certain discussion or I prefer to see what more experienced people in terms of genetics have to say i.e. older forum members that have probably "studied" genetics for more than a decade now.

Not to bore you people anymore I will expose my conclusion. I believe that the portuguese population is mostly of iberian neolithic stock which later received the bronze age invaders i.e. indo-europeans including the celts then romans mostly from what is today italy then germanic invaders, then mostly berber north african invaders whose influence in the iberian genotype is still up to debate since we cannot know for sure if the north african present in today iberians is mostly neolithic or if the arabian invasion impacted that admixture heavily, in that regard my opinion is both although I have my reservations regarding the influence of the berbers in the iberian gene pool since most muslims ran away to north africa, then after that no major shifts on the genotype ocurred only with some influence from the rest of europe mostly in cities like porto and the presence of jewish or new christian conversos.
I wish I have not been too dull but I get carried out talking about history since it is a passion of mine. So thank you for reading this, I guess :)
 
I also have some (Northern) Portuguese ancestry and I scored some Scandinavian in the older version of MyOrigins, but it's disappeared in MO 2.0. I still score Finnish in many calculators, but I don't think it would relate to Scandinavian.

Which tests/companies are you referring to?
My Origins from FTDNA?
 

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