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where did the British come from? where did the British people come from?
Mar 7, 2014 8:51 AM
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The British are actually made up of several distinct peoples. The largest group is the English who are partly descended from the Angles, Saxons and Jutes, three Germanic tribes who came from continental Europe around the fifth century; party from later Norse settlers from Scandinavia and Normans from northern France (but originally from Scandinavia); and partly from the original British population. The Scots, who live in Scotland, are mostly descended from Irish settlers and Picts, the original inhabitants of northern Scotland, as well as some Anglo-Saxon and British elements. The Welsh could be considered the original British people. Although they now live in the small nation of Wales, the earliest historical records indicate that their ancestors once inhabited all of what is now England and southern Scotland as well. Archaeology has not yet established with certainty where they came from, or when, but their language is related to that of Celtic tribes which formally inhabited continental Europe.
March 7, 2014
There is a significant Norse element in the population of Britain. Researchers have compared Y chromosome markers, which are inherited from father to son, from more than 3500 men to six DNA patterns rarely found outside the Norse warriors' native Norway and Sweden. Shetland Islands, Scotland (29.2%) Orkney Islands, Scotland (25.2%) Caithness, Scotland (17.5%) Isle of Man, autonomous island (12.3%) Eilean Siar, Scotland (11.3%) North-west Scotland and inner Hebrides, Scotland (9.9%) South-west Scotland (3.2%) South-east Scotland (2.7%) Yorkshire, England (5.6%) North England (4%) East England (3.6%) South-east England (1.9%) South-west England (1.6%) Ireland - (no areas go above 1.4%) Wales (1%)
March 11, 2014
First of all the British doesn't just mean the English as many people think. It includes the Welsh and Scots and also the Irish as part of the British Isles. The British certainly includes the Celts who, according to Wiki, have been around since the Iron Age so BC. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britons_(historic)
March 7, 2014
The short answer is that the English are descended from three Germanic tribes that migrated to Britain beginning in the fifth century CE.
March 7, 2014
Same place we all came from. Homo erectus and Homo ergaster were the first of the hominina to leave Africa and spread through Asia and Europe, 1.3 to 1.8 million years ago.
March 7, 2014
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