hi. i'm really interested in family backround, i mean, what kind of blood do you have in you (irish, scottish, german, japanese....). i know it's none of my business, but i just want to know how diverse this site is. to start, i'll tell what my backround is. i'm irish, scottish, french (mom's side), British (i'm proud of that), German, Dutch, a little bit of Native American (you can't see that in my face though), and i think that's it. i might of missed something. tell me what you are. if you think that it's none of my business, please dont say so, it will make me feel bad, just say "i'd rather not say". hope to see a very diverse crowd!
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hey, this isn't a bad idea for a topic, actually.
my family, if you trace it far back enough, is from southern china. my father's side of the family were southern chinese immigrants, and my mother's side of the family were thais (who, if you know anything about anthropology, most likely originated in southern china). my parents were born and raised in thailand. we identify as thai. but i'm an american, and my passport agrees.
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I'm a many-generation Canadian. My father's family and my mother's family have been here waaaaay too long for me to really classify myself as "Italian" or "German". But for the record, I'm all French on my dad's side (French-Canadian, even; my dad didn't know English until he was nine!) and Italian, German and the smallest bit Lebanese on my mom's side.
But I speak French, English and Japanese, and I look slightly Asian- in fact, when I was born, my doctor was convinced I was mentally handicapped because my eyes didn't look right (I ended up growing into them though).
I did a project for my anthropology class and found out the truth based on extensive research. When I was little I was told I was part Irish and part German, neither of which were true.
A quarter of my family was easy to find information on, my grandma is 100% Swede and only second/third (second for one parent, third for the other) generation. I don't see where people get the impression that Swedes are blonde and leggy. None of my Swede relatives were that way at all. Grandma has a lot of old pictures, some of us start out blonde, but nearly all of us grow up brunette.
The rest was difficult and not too far back I am part Cherokee through my dad's parent's each just a little bit. Then I just kept pulling up more and more English people and finally one Spanish chick and a bunch more English ancestors.
None of it impressed me much. My family doesn't really carry on any specific cultural behvaiors associated with them. I know they used to, but I don't feel like it would be appropriet to try picking them up now. So I'm just American really.
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Based on what my parents told me I'm a quarter German, a quarter Norwegian, a quarter Finnish, and a quarter Polish. Although I guess the part of Poland is now part of Germany, so it might make me half German.
Well according to my father, on his side My grandmother was of german background (apparantly my great great grandparents were born in germany and my grandmother was able to learn a bit of the language as a child). My Grandfather was Ukrainian, his parents came from there...and they all spoke fluent russian.
My mother's side is all Italian. My grandmother and her parents all came right off the boat from Naples, Italy into Ellis Island . My grandfathers side had been living in the US for awhile, but they came from a more southern area of Italy that i cant quite remember
But yeah, my background is Italian, German, and Ukrainian.
Here goes: I am enough Apache to join the tribe in Oklahoma if I ever want to. I generally put white and native american on "race" questions when I'm asked. I have red hair, freckles, and green eyes, though, so I usually just tell everyone I'm Irish and Scottish because they wouldn't believe Apache (I am a little Irish/Scottish, but not all that much). My dad and sister are darker skinned than me. The other part of my family is English from very far north (up where England meets Scotland) and I'm pretty sure our family name is Old Norse from the Viking invasions. I also had one sicilian great-grandfather.
My boyfriend is more interesting than me when it comes to a good story...he's a first generation American whose dad is Estonian but grew up in Sweden because the Soviet Union put his grandfather in a gulag and stole their family home on the islands in the Baltic in order to put a military base there. His other half is from northern Italy.
On my dad's side my nana was Irish, my Grandfather is I think english/scottish. On my mom's side my grandma is canadian I think, if not american. and my papa is belgian!
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Well. I tell you. I share the same name as a little town in Norway. It makes it REAL hard to do internet research. It's all travel info in Norwiegan.
I can trace my father's family back to Norway. Infact, we still have the green trunk that was brought over with them. Including a very old bible in Norweigan. Someone found one in North Dakota, and contacted me from one of the geneology forums I had posted in. He sent me the bible. Same one, save for ours is in better condition. I'm guessing one was given to each child in that generation, with their children's births, deaths (if applicable) and baptisms recorded.
Mum's family came from Germany. Much was lost during WWI, when they were afraid to talk about where they came from. They were forbidden to speak in German around the grandkids.
It's family lore that we are related to Sacagawea. Haven't confirmed it, but it's kinda nice to think about. We had a book made a long time ago, and it's gone missing.
I am a full-quarter Welsh, and then a bit of English, Irish, Scottish, French, French-Canadian, German and Dutch.
So really I'm a Canadian Mutt!
I identify most with my Irish and French heritage, as I have red hair, green eyes, and freckles, and I was fluent in French for most of life. (Unfortunately I live in an Anglo province and don't get a great deal of opportunity to practice.) I have a large tattoo of a fleur-de-lis and I proudly say I am Quebecois!
One of the nice things about being such a mutt is that I can pick the cultures I feel the most connection too, since no one in my family really knows the correct proportions!
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My father was an equal mix of russian and french (from france, mind you) and my mother is metis (native and french) so I inherited a nice little accent. unfortunately, my written french is pretty bad. but i can speak it, man, can i speak it...
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if we trace me back, on both sides of my family(mom and dad) my family immigrated from Scotland. I guess im like a 5th or 6th gereration immagrent, but I'm born and raised in Canada.(same small town, same province. :P)
I am one in a million... to bad there are over 6 billion peope in the world.
A really, really long time ago, my father's side of the family moved from Italy to Spain. (I think they were rug makers.) From there, they went to Puerto Rico. But since telling people that is exhausting and kind of boring for them, I just tell people I'm half Puerto Rican, which is true, considering that happened a long time ago.
My mother is a Northwestern European mutt. She's English, Austrian, German, Polish, and Swiss. Her family is also Jewish.
So, when people ask me what my background is, I just say, "Half Puerto Rican, half Jewish" or "half Puerto Rican, half European" even though they're both inaccurate.
My mom is all Italian, and my dad is half Italian and one-fourth each Cuban and Polish. So that makes me three-quarters Italian, one-eighth Cuban, and one-eighth Polish. (I'm good at math.) Strangely, though, people tell me I look more Hispanic than Italian.
I'm just about the only person here (southern NH) who isn't Irish or Scottish (although I do have some Irish relatives by marriage). I think my heritage is pretty cool. I even know what my last name means.
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i just found out from my dad that my last name (lutyens.........[pronounced lu-chens.......cool, huh]) is a Dutch last name and my grandma is American Indian and i'm also part german and my mom has some british in her and a little irish and a lot of scottish and french thrown in there. to wrap this all up, i am part german, part dutch, VERY british, scottish, a little American Indian, french, and irish. i know i already said this in the beginning of this long thread (thank you all, i feel so proud!), but i found out some stuff from my mom and dad that i wanted to add.
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First of all i think this is an amazing topic! It's fasinating to find out where everyone comes from.
Me -I'm a complte mutt! my ma was born in liverpool England but her ma (my Grandma) came from Ireland with her Husband. So my maternal grandparents are Irish but there's Italian and Spanish Blood there too! My Da was also born in Liverpool but his da's from Cardiff (Wales) and his Ma from Scotland! It means I can play sport for all the countries that make up the United Kingdom. I was born in Dublin, Ireland and because of my da's job have traveled and lived around the world- England,France,Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Belguim, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania! So when people ask were i come from i get very confused! Sorry if this has confussed anybody!
My moms side is mostly canadian but if u trace back far enough she's german too. On my dads side, his mother was a war bride from holland who married my canadian grandad. good times eh? hahaha
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