Norwegian media have managed to trace the roots of US President Elect Donald Trump to Norse people in the Hebrides, the archipelago off the west coast of mainland Scotland. Trump’s late mother, Mary Anne MacLeod grew up on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides, according to Vísir. On these islands, Norse names abound, because the area was settled by Vikings.
In a series on the origin of Icelanders, Stöð 2 TV has explored the nation’s connection to the Hebrides.
Historian Magnús Jónsson claims that in Southwest Iceland, there are many place names similar to those found on the Isle of Lewis. That is thought to indicate that numerous settlers in Iceland came from there. Similarly, the names of many people in the sagas have connections to the Hebrides.
In addition, deCode Genetics has found a unique DNA connection between Icelandic women and those from the Hebrides, suggesting that women from the Hebrides were numerous among the settlers of Iceland, according to Agnar Helgason, a biological anthropologist.
He remarked, “We, Icelanders, are matrilineally closely related to the people of the Hebrides. Much of our mitochondrial DNA is identical to that found in the Hebrides. Therefore, we can say that a substantial number of women arrived in Iceland from there. Whether that makes us related to Donald Trump, I do not know, but it’s possible.”
Magnús won’t affirm anything either about our connection to Trump, “But, surely,” he stated, if we can trace our ancestors to this area, so can he.”