European - Celtic History

A Bit About...
(here are a few random facts from various sources)

The English

"The arrival of the Anglo-Saxons ... is still perceived as an important and interesting event because it is believed to have been a key factor in the identity of the present inhabitants of the British Isles, involving migration on such a scale as to permanently change the population of south-east Britain, and making the English a distinct and different people from the Celtic Irish, Welsh and Scots. this is an example of a national origin myth ... and shows why there are seldom simple answers to questions about origins." - Historian Catherine Hills

  "In September 2006, it was reported that a survey of first names and surnames in the UK identified Ripley in Derbyshire as "the 'most English' place in England with 88.58% of residents having an English ethnic background". - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (The Sunday Times)

Now we all have our sword thumb in every group of people, but overall... people of English descent tend to be lighter in skin color, more of a cream color rather than pale white, usually a heart shaped face, light brown or fair colored hair, round green or blue eyes, relatively thin and tall or short and plump! I can't make a selection there.

From people who have been to England have said in general, the English can be rather rigid in their way of living... living by the book, unlike Scots. ;] And what would the world be without contrast such as this.

The Welsh


"The Welsh people (Welsh: Cymry) are an ethnic group and nation associated with Wales and the Welsh language.

It is uncertain how many people in Wales consider themselves to be of Welsh ethnicity, because the 2001 UK census did not offer 'Welsh' as an option; respondents had to use a box marked "Other". 96% of the population of Wales thus described themselves as being White British." -Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Overall, the average person of Welsh descent tend to have darker features, such as dark hair, olive skin, and relatively dark shades of eye color. Women of Welsh descent are known to have very pretty, delicate singing voices. So I've heard!


The Irish


Now, most people assume your typical Irish friend is the red head with freckles and ghost white skin. But I assure you an Irishman is of darker features, what people like to call 'Black Irish' as to say in a secondary form of the typical Irish features when really this is what the Irish are. It is not rare to have dark or almost black hair contrasting with your fair skin. Infact, it IS rare for an Irishman to have red hair. Like I said, there is that sword thumb in every group but the typical Irish hair color is dark brown not red. Studies at Harvard show that approximately 40% of the Irish have dark brown hair, while under 10% have red hair and
even blondes are more common at about 15% of the Irish population have blonde hair. Their outward appearance generally consists of blue eyes (rarely brown depending on who exactly they descend from), dark hair, striking fair skin with pink undertones, and women are usually about or just under 5'6.

The Scottish


As I was starting to write this section I wasn't even sure where to begin! As I am part Scottish, part of my heart is in Scotland. It's there along with the many men who have come before me, longing to meet with me there. Reading this, whoever you are... if you are of Scottish descent then you understand the pride I have for Scotland's history, the love for her people, and the ache to roam the land where my grandfathers once lived and where heroes were born, where heroes fought, where heroes loved, where heroes still live on today.

As for looks, the Scottish and people of Scottish descent tend to have these following physical features: average/tall in height, usually thin (women; proportionately curvey), light skin, blue eyes, wavy hair, although the Scottish do have blonde and red hair... most have brunette shades.

The Word 'Scottish' comes from the Gaelic word Albannaich The Scottish people (Scots Gaelic: Albannaich), or Scots, are a nation and an ethnic group indigenous to Scotland. Historically they emerged from an amalgamation of the Celtic peoples the Picts, the Gaels, and the Brythons.

Scotland is internationally known for its traditional music, which has remained vibrant throughout the 20th century, when many traditional forms worldwide lost popularity to pop music. In spite of emigration and a well-developed connection to music imported from the rest of Europe and the United States, the music of Scotland has kept many of its traditional aspects; indeed, it has itself influenced many forms of music.

"Many outsiders associate Scottish folk music almost entirely with the Great Highland Bagpipe, which has indeed long played an important part of Scottish music. Although this particular form of bagpipe developed exclusively in Scotland, it is not the only Scottish bagpipe, and other bagpiping traditions remain across Europe. The earliest mention of bagpipes in Scotland dates to the 15th century although they could have been introduced to Scotland as early as the 6th century. The pìob mhór, or Great Highland Bagpipe, was originally associated with both hereditary piping families and professional pipers to various clan chiefs; later, pipes were adopted for use in other venues, including military marching. Piping clans included the MacArthurs, MacDonalds, McKays and, especially, the MacCrimmon, who were hereditary pipers to the Clan MacLeod."

- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

FACT: Canada is the second largest population of people of Scottish descent outside the homeland besides the United States.

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