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Are English people genetically closer to the Germans and Dutch than to the other people of the British Isles?

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Laura T 
Asked at 2011.03.21 01:31:39
Seeing as our ancestors came over from Germany and Holland 1500 years ago, while the Scots, Welsh, Cornish and Irish are just Celts.
answer Nothingusefullearnedinschool  Answered at 2011.03.21 01:31:39
Sorry, you can't be more closely related to any one than to yourself. English people are from the British Isles; their ancestors include the Beaker People, Vikings, Normans (from William the Conqueror), Romans, Netherlanders (Dutch is the language !!!), more French, Spanish (the French & Spaniards intermixed to a great extent), etc.

The Celts supposedly originated in Gaul (what the Romans called France). If a person has European ancestry, they definitely have Celtic ancestry. See: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celts" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celts</a>

So, quite clearly, Germans have Celtic ancestry!

As to the English, see: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_people" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_peo…</a>

and:
"The implication that the Irish, English, Scottish, and Welsh have a great deal in common with each other, at least from the geneticist's point of view, seems likely to please no one."

--- Nicholas Wade

------3/4 of the ancestors of all of the inhabitants listed above arrived in Ireland, Scotland, England, or Wales between 15,000 and 7,500 years ago; subsequent rising sea levels cut them off from the European continent.

------Later invaders (Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Danes, Vikings, and Norman French) account for only a small amount of the gene pool:

---12 percent in Ireland

---30 percent in Scotland

---1/3 in Eastern and Southern England
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Source(s):
Nicholas Wade. "English, Irish Scots: They're All One, Genes Suggest." New York Times.com (March 5, 2007).
<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/05/scienc..." rel="nofollow">http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/05/scienc…</a>

<a href="http://www.ireland-information.com/heraldichall/irishsurnames.htm " rel="nofollow">http://www.ireland-information.com/heral…</a>

Please note that: 3/4 of the ancestry of the English arrived on the British Isles 7,500 - 15,000 years ago; before there were any such tribe as Celts, long before the Germans fled to the British Isles.

Sorry, you get no brownie points. The English are much more closely related to Irish, Welsh, and Scots, and yes, even Cornish, than to Germans or Netherlanders.
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