[log in to unmask] on behalf of Moira wrote:
> Actually, John, I read somewhere that almost 50% of English people have
> Celtic lineage.
A Mha/ire, a chara agus a chairde eile
I would put it higher than 50%. One of the things about being "English" is
that you can lay claim to ancestry of almost any race / culture / empire in
The underlying point which I've made before (but it was quite a long time ago
and list memberships change) is that I consider myself English despite a Welsh
grandmother, Scots grandfather, Irish great-great-grandfather (possibly
closer) and a family name which can be traced back to the Normans. I was born
and raised in England and am quite comfortable with being English (though very
interested in things and people Irish).
It always seems to me that the US citizens on this list aren't comfortable
with being American. They are desperately seeking an alternative "ethnicity"
and would be prefer to be "Scots" or "Irish" - often with less claim than I
have myself! It is sad (and a little worrying) that the people of a great
nation are so anxious to deny their nationality.
> I have some friends with the last name of McCann.
Does this include Genghis? (Hope that joke survives the Atlantic crossing.)
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60/SN14 0DD UK
Is gaire cabhair De/ na/ an doras.
(God's help is nearer than the door.)