"WILSON, son of William. The family are said to be descended from a Prince of Denmark, and were established at a very remote period in the Orkney islands, intermarrying with the clans of Monro, and others. After a long continuance in the north, alliances taking place with some of the principal Lowland families, the Wilsons moved south. Motto: Wilson will." (Taken from the website on Scottish surnames.)
Ever since James D. Watson and Francis Crick dicovered their famous double-helix in 1953, DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid)has been a valuable forensic tool to trace our ancestral origins, In 2012 I submitted samples of my DNA to FamilyTreeDNA.com to find out whether or not I had inherited Viking genes handed down from my Wilson ancestors in the north of England who had migrated south from Scotland1.
The results were positive proof: following a basic test I learned I belong to haplogroup2 I1 (a Y-DNA SNP).
A subsequent Deep Clade3 test revealed that my haplogroup is indeed I-M253 a Viking haplogroup with origins in Normandy, northern France. Today it is frequently found within Viking/Scandinavian populations in north-west Europe and has since spread down into Central and Eastern Europe, where it is found at low frequencies.