Well, now that I know that my (very) distant relative the Queen and I are descended from Cerdic, the first King of Wessex (see below). The wonderful Wikipedia also shows how Cerdic and I are descended from the English heroic legend Sceaf.
Apparently, the genealogy in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle year 855, versions B and C, explains that Sceaf (Old English for sheaf) was born in Noah’s ark, interpreting him as a non-Biblical son of Noah: continuing with the ancestry of Noah up to Adam as found in Genesis (more on this later).
I’m trying not to let the truth get in the way of a good story, seeing that Sceaf or Scef appears as an ancient legendary king who appeared mysteriously as a child, coming out of the sea in an empty boat in Æthelweard’s Chronica :
“This Scef came in a light boat to an island of the ocean which is called Scani, arms around about him, and he was a very young boy, unknown to the dwellers in the land. But he was accepted by them and cared for like one of their own kind, and afterwards they chose him as king, from whose family descended King Æthelwulf.“
This probably explains why many of many family spend so much of their time in boats, and why it looks like I’m now going to be moving to the coast. Anyway, I’ve included a table below that shows the descent from Sceaf to Cerdic, with list of names that all sound like they are characters from Lord of The Rings. Well, turns out that Tolkien was a fan and even wrote a poem about him.
Sceaf (fl. c.100 BC) | | Bedwig | | Hwala | | Hathra | | Itermon | | Heremod | | Sceldwea (Skjold) | | Beaw (Bjaf) | | Taetwa | | Geat | | Godwulf | | Finn | | Frithuwulf | | Frealaf | | Freawine | | Frithuwald | | Woden (or Odin or Bodo or Wotan) King of Saxons (215-300) | | Bealdeag (or Bealdeagus b 243) ancestor of Kings of Wessex, Bernicia and Northumbria | | Brona | | Frithugar | | Freawine | | Wig | | Gewis | | Elsa | | Elesa | | Cerdic (c470-534) Saxon Ealdorman, arrived in England c495 1st King of Wessex | | several generations | | ME MYSELF I