Pure coincidence or selective memory. Yes, there are dominant genes and
recessive genes and I seem to remember hair and eye color as having dominant
and recessive qualities but I really think you would have difficulty in
saying that any one Caucasian in the US has dominantly "Celtic" blood or
genetic material. We all stem from the same branch pretty far back and the
graftings of new material is thoroughly mixed up. Even as far back as the
early Iron Age Tuatha De Danaan, perhaps the original "Celtic" people of
Ireland, were conquering or being conquered by some other ethnic group if
not bloodline and amalgamating with the previous owners of the land. Just
who the hell were Formorians, Cruthni and Melisians anyway. In your case
the two blood lines you claim heritage to are so intermixed since the year
600 AD as to be hardly distinguishable. What exactly is the characteristics
that you deem so Celtic and not Scandinavian/Germanic?
Personally I find any attempt to define oneself in terms of "blood" to be
quite repugnant. You didn't actually do this here but I remember to many
stupid debates about "who might be a Celt or not, to not comment this time.
Celtic identity to me is culture. If an Australian Aboriginal decided to
call himself a Celt, learned Gaelic and generally immersed himself into
"Celtic" culture he would as far I care would be one as much as anyone could
wish to be (Modern Europeans are no longer Celtic any more than French or
Italians are Roman (or Celtic for that matter) and that includes Ireland and
Scotland--even these enclaves have not endured 1200 years of isolation from
external cultural and genetic influences. Those cultures/bloodlines evolved
when the Vikings and other groups stomped all over the north bringing new
influences culturally and genetically and the amalgamation became more
regional-read national-- in characteristics. Throw on top of it
Christianity and its schisms and religious wars and I find the whole idea of
defining oneself as a Celt either culturally or genetically to be damned
absurd. Hence I am an American with the blood of Welsh, Scots-Irish,
Germans, Anglo-Saxon, Danes, Swedes and Old Magog's second cousin running in
my veins (wait--Halstatt--oh yeah they are Celts too weren't they? is that
before the hairy Germans or after or simultaneous?). Hell, throw in a bit
of Spaniard (Celts, Latins from France and Italy (or were they Celts--hmm I
remember Rome being sacked by a Gaul or two--Rapine behaviour must have
followed), Moors, Displaced Irish and Scotsmen, maybe a Turk or two (whoops,
may be a Celt there too-damn raiding Galatians--and were not blonde women
the most prized in the harem--wonder where they came from? must have been
those Muslims in Albania,) and since my family grew up in the south there
may well be some African blood from Nigeria or Senegal there too) Did I
tell you I am an heir to the Spanish throne from some 17th century offshoot!
It just aint that easy, and why should we care even if we could figure out
our bloodline. Live in the now. Define yourself by your actions and
beliefs today. Knowledge of history is very important but your genetic
heritage is only important if you have some propensity for disease you wish
to treat and it probably only good for a few generations or so, the colour
of your eyes or shape of your chin have no concern even if you can trace it
back . For everything else it is pure rationalization. Don't open this can
o'worms. It doesn't make you a better person. Only you-not your genetic
heritage-can do that.
Celtic and Medieval Jeweler
From: Justin D Jimison <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Friday, May 07, 1999 5:32 PM
Subject: Celtic blood!
>I don't know if anyone else can relate to this but, I am wondering if maybe
>someone on this list can?
>I have a trace of Celtic blood (more than 1/8 Scots-Irish) and the rest of
>me is German and Scandanavian. The Celtic blood comes from my paternal
>side (as you can see by my name) and has been in America for longer than
>any other lineage.
>I have done much genealogy on all sides of my family to find that the
>Jimison Celtic characteristics seem to prevail over all of the
>characteristics from my other lineages. From what I've studied my Jimison
>ancestors have managed to carry on the same types of characteristics both
>physically and other. From the stories that my grandparents would tell me
>I'm not that different than my great grandfather and so on. The thing is
>that I don't relate with my other grandparents and great grandparents.
>This is not only true of me, but of most of my siblings, cousins, and other
>more distant reletives such as 2nd cousins and so on. It seems that every
>time one of us marries into a different ethnic background the Celtic (or
>maybe just Jimison) characteristics dominate the genes of the offspring.
>The only cases where this hasen't happened is when a couple of reletives
>married other predominately Celtic partners and then the characteristics
>were at least even or close to even.
>Anyway, what I'm getting at is that I believe the Celtic blood (DNA) seems
>to run stronger than other ethnic backgrounds.
>I'm sorry if this makes no sense and maybe I didn't put it in writing well,
>but let me know if this seems to be the case to others.
>Email me if you have questions you want me to clarify.
>///Check it out!!///