Does it mean that Greeks and Bulgarians are German? Seems the Greeks and Bulgarians Hellenized and Slavicized them instead. Just like what the Slavs in Novgorod, Kiev, Vladimir, Suzdal and Moscow did to their common Norse ruling family over Garðaríki of Austvegr, i.e. Kievan Rus'.
Wait, wasn't Volodymyr Monomach, the grandfather of Yuriy Dolgorukyj already "Slavicized" by those Rus' people who lived near the Dnipro river?
No, it seems Volodymyr/Vladimir Monomach's grandfather Yaroslav I the Wise was already Slavicized in Rostov and Novgorod, being sent there by his father St. Volodymyr/Vladimir the Great. Yaroslav's mother, Rogneda/Ragnhild of Polotsk, was born to a Viking evidently from Norvegr/Norway, a scion of the kings founding Norway and Sweden (and well known to Beowulf) who settled in Polotsk like Rurik did in Novgorod. While Yaraslav ruled in Russia, he founded the Slavic grad of Yaroslav, which served as the capital of Russia when the Poles occupied Moscow.
Yaraslav himself ruled in Novgorod before taking Kiev from the usurping brother Sviatopolk, son in law to the king of Poland and perhaps St. Vladimir/Volodymyr's nephew rather than son (he raped the mother too soon to sort out the parentage). St. Vladimir/Volodymyr's father, Svyatoslav, the first of the Rurikids to bear a Slavic name, evidently was Slavicized growing up and reiging in Novgorod. When he took power in 945, the Rus', Norse/Slav and inbetween, covered the area in the red:
The orange indicates his realm of cities, Gradiriki, at his death in 972. Moscow lies on the borderland of the red line, and Sviatoslav made the local Slav tribe the Vyatichi vassals in 966: by the time of the reign of his son Volodymyr/Vladimir they populated the basin on the Moskva (which may mean "dark," "turbid" or even "bear river." Shortly after subjugating the Vyatichi, he established his capital at Pereyaslavets, a slavic grad of the Turkic Bulgars in the Romanian/Vlach area of the Danube (it is now in Romania).
Before Sviatopolk, the family were Norse.
So to recap;
Rurik, i.e.. Rørik: according to his DNA Finno-Ugric, but evidently Norsified. Settled in the Slavic grads of Novgorod, populated by the slavic tribes of the Slovenes and Kvirichs and the Finno-Ugric Chuds, Meryas and Veses. Married Efanda Edvina Alfrinda Ingrid of Novgorod, i.e. another Norse in Russia.
Igor, i.e. Ingvar , his son (?): born at Novgorod and succeeded his uncle (?) Oleg, i.e. Helgi, at Kiev. Married Olga, i.e. Helga of Pskov, another Norse in Russia.
Sviatoslav (<Helgi Rørik?), his son: first of the line slavicized, evidently by the Slavs around Novgorod. By his concubine Malusha, of unknown origin but it seems Varangian Norse of some sort, he had his son
St. Vladimir/Volodymyr the Great: ruled in Novgorod, where he came of age, before taking Kiev.
Yaroslav, his son: born of Norse princess of Polotsk. Ruled Rostov and then Novgorod for his father, both in Russia and the former the cradle of "Muscovy." Married the princess of Sweden Ingegerd Olofsdattir, and had his son Vsevolod who received Rostov and Suzdal, predecessors of Moscow, as his appanage, in addition to Pereyaslav.
Vsevolod his son: married the daughter of the Emperoor of the Romans, Constatine IX Monomachos.
Vladimir, his son: inherited Rostov-Suzdal, and founded Vladimir, another predecessor of Moscow, in his Northern Rus' lands. He married, among others (including Turkic), a noblewoman from the Empire of the Romans (Greek?), who bore his son
Yuriy, who inherited Rostov, moved the capital from there to Suzdal, and built up Moscow. From there he reached into the affairs way down in Kiev, hence "the Long-Armed," taking Kiev in 1147.
So Yuriy was half Greek/Roman by descent on his mother's side, and another quarter on his father's side, the other quarter being half Swedish and the other half Norse of other sort. The only Finno-Ugric came from Rurik's ancestry.
A current DNA research project by Dr. Andrzej Bajor of Poland, under the auspices of the Family Tree DNA Rurikid Dynasty Project, seeks to more accurately place Rurik within the light of history and out of the shadows of legend, while simultaneously trying to map his modern descendants. The DNA results of 191 men claiming to be Rurikid descendants indicate that most (68%) of the them had haplogroup N1C1, formerly designated N3a1 typical for Finno-Ugrian people.Further genetic studies seem to indicate the existence of two major haplogroups among modern Rurikids: the descendants of Vladimir II Monomakh (Monomakhoviches) and some others are of N1c1 group (130 people or 68%), while the descendants of a junior prince from the branch of Oleg I of Chernigov (Olgoviches) and some others (total 45 peoples or 24%) are of R1a and R1b haplogroups typical for Slavic, Germanic and Celts peoples. According to the Russian Newsweek magazine it indicates that it could have been a non-paternity event in the Chernihiv branch during wars between royal clanshttp://www.familytreedna.com/public/rurikid/default.aspx?fixed_columns=on§ion=yresultshttp://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mozhayski/teksty/ydna.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rurik#Genetic_research
Most of the Slavicizing of the family went on in the Slavic lands now in Russia, part of Kievan Rus' from its beginning.
And when his grandson Yuriy went to the place called Rotten Water (Moskva in Finnish), wasn't he already Slavicized?
Yes, the family had already lived in Rostov-Suzdal-Vladimir-Moscow and Novgorod for generations and was Slavicized, but not like the Moscow Basin: the family adopted the Slavic tongue, but the Moscow basin was settled by the Viatichi, a Slavic tribe, who populated the region almost two centuries before Yuriy build up Moscow, another slavic grad.
Did he have to be further Slavicized by Finnish tribes who lived there?
No. The Slavic tribe that had lived there since the time of when Yuriy's ancestors came to Novgorod were already the same people with those Slavs who had Slavicized the family in Novgorod, Rostov and Suzdal and the same people who furthered the Slav grads in Yaroslav and Vladimir before Moscow.
Or, rather, these Finnish tribes were themselves partially Slavicized by mass migration of Slavs from Kyiv Rus', when the latter fall victim to Mongols in the 1240-s?
No, that is about 4 centuries too late. The Viatichi had already migrated by the days of Rurik from across the Vistula to the Oka basin, including the Moskva, replacing the Balts, by the time of St. Volodymyr/Vladimir. The Viatichi disappear as a seperate tribal entity by 1197 (the last direct reference to them)-1215 (when the last holdouts to slavic paganism converted), Yuriy's family building on the vassalage of the Viatichi to incorporate them into the Principality of Rostov-Suzdal-Vladimir. The Viatichi's original grad lay on Borovitsky Hill, now buried under the Kremlin that Yuriy started in 1156.