What is your ethnic background?

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    klevifushaposted 11 years ago

    Let's see how many different ethnic groups we have here at Hub Pages.  This should be fun.  I'll start with myself.

    Both my parents and I were born and raised in Albania, a small country in South-Eastern Europe.  It borders the Adriatic Sea, Greece, Macedonia and Kosovo.

    1. Ken Barton profile image60
      Ken Bartonposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      When the kids in school ask me I tell them I'm "Scottish, Irish, Dutch, French, English, Swedish, Welsh"." I'm a full-blooded Mutt, and gotta Cold-nose to Prove it!"

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      Baileybearposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I was born in New Zealand.  My father is half Dutch-half German (from Holland).   My mother is a mix of NZ Maori, English, Scottish.

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      Sweetheart5posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I was born in America, but my blood line goes as far back as the Norman people who were supposed to be Scandanavian, French, and Celtic I believe. I also supposedly have some Armenian, and German blood, but for the most part I'm mostly Italian, which is what I tell people. The rest is just too much to go into.

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    klarawieckposted 11 years ago

    I was born and raised in Cuba, that island in the middle of the Caribbean so often sacked by pirates that didn't look anything like Johnny Depp.

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    Muldanianmanposted 11 years ago

    I am native English, although my paternal grandfather was a Scot.  I can go back to the early 18th century, and my mother's family were English even then, and my paternal grandfather's were Scottish, although his name was Hans, which was a name passed down the family for generations.  I don't know where this originated, as Hans isn't a very Scottish name.  I don't seem to have any other nationalities in my family background, but of course there might be some Roman or Viking blood in there too, as the English are made up of different peoples.

  4. SueShepard profile image59
    SueShepardposted 11 years ago

    As far as I can trace back...Mainly Irish and English

  5. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 11 years ago

    I'm just human.  My grandmother crossed the country in a wagon as a child to take up residence about 3 days journey (50 miles) from where I now live - her mother was the first white woman to ever see that little valley.  Funny, because I didn't grow up here and only moved into the area about 10 years ago.

    Beyond that, though, I have no idea where my genealogy leads.  Probably some rude highwayman roaming the backwoods of Europe somewhere.

  6. Nell Rose profile image89
    Nell Roseposted 11 years ago

    I am English, but my grandmother had bright red hair, and on the other side, my dad did too! so somewhere along the way, we are either original Celtic britons, or scottish, Irish or maybe something else! I do know that my great grandad was a mystery, he came from Canada, but nobody knows anything about him! so he could well be the Missing Link! (don't say it!! lol)

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      recommend1posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If you were a  Celtic Briton you would have black hair.

      Red hair would be Scottish, or possibly Irish, as the Scots originally inhabited Irealnd and I guess they did not all take boat to the then uninhabited Scotland named after them, the Scottii.

      1. Nell Rose profile image89
        Nell Roseposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Hi, Boudicca the greatest Celtic Queen in History, lived on the East coast of England,in AD 60, she was from the Iron age,  and she had bright flaming red hair, back then they were very pale skinned.

  7. Gordon Hamilton profile image95
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 11 years ago

    I probably shouldn't comment on this, as national identity is a powderkeg just waiting to go off here in Scotland at the moment. But...

    Personally, I consider myself British, always have and always will. I consider myself Scottish by regional identity and British by nationality.

    On my mother's side, my family go back as far as the British Isles have been populated, to the ancient Picts. There is some Danish inclusion from the Vikings, on my maternal grandmother's side.

    On my father's side, the family came to Scotland from England and prior to that from Normandy (the Hamiltons) with Edward, to fight against William Wallace in the 13th century. The other side were a mix of Scots/English.

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    Emile Rposted 11 years ago

    My mother was French, my father American.

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    Motown2Chitownposted 11 years ago

    My mother's ethnic background was English/Scottish.  My father was a first generation American, born of Italian immigrant parents.  :-D  I got my mother's coloring, so I don't look like I have a drop of Italian blood in me, unfortunately.

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      Baileybearposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I have olive skin from Maori side, but don't have obvious Maori features.   I get mistaken for being italian or spanish. A blonde italian woman once insisted I was italian

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    MPG Narrativesposted 11 years ago

    Both my parents were born in Southern Italy and migrated to Australia in the early 1950s. I am Australian and very proud of my heritage, both Italian and Aussie.

  11. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 11 years ago

    Canadian....for many generations...french canada (1615)...a long time and then combined with the rest of Canada...so, Canadian, eh?

  12. Cagsil profile image75
    Cagsilposted 11 years ago

    My family history traces back to French Canadian, but neither my mother or father were born there. They were both born in America. wink

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    heartofphoenixposted 11 years ago

    I was born in Romania from a Romanian mother and Hungarian father. I studied in US and currently commuting between Europe and US. lol

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    LuisEGonzalezposted 11 years ago

    Lets see.. my father is Cuban, so is my mother. My grandfather was a Spaniard and my grandmother was French..actually I think I'm Cuban..but have been living in Florida for well over 30 years..so I'm not sure..God I'm so confused!!!

    Sorry, I was just having one of those Duh!! moments.

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      klarawieckposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      We are Cuban American... we chew gum and wear chancletas. smile

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    Greek Oneposted 11 years ago

    please see avatar

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    wheelinalloverposted 11 years ago

    Here we go more labeling. My roots are German(ancestors moved to England in the 14th century), English(through Canada), Cherokee, and Mohawk. In that order believe it or not. While I was growing up, for grade school I was just different, in my teens most people thought I was Mexican I had their coloring both from genetics and spending most of my time in the Southern California sun. I also spoke their language, had from the first word learned. My mother had learned Spanish in High school and once she reached California used it and Cherokee way more than English. She made extra money translating Mexican Spanish and thirty six other Central and South American dialects into English. The majority of the family friends spoke Spanish but at home Cherokee was the language of choice. Since my accident I was retaught in English only, my mother tried to help me learn Spanish and Cherokee again but something is still broken inside my brain.

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    Disturbiaposted 11 years ago

    Danube Swabian, ethnic Germans who settled along the Danube River valley in Hungary about 300 years ago.

  18. Ivorwen profile image68
    Ivorwenposted 11 years ago

    USA born and raised.  Great granddaughter of the pioneers.

    My mom's side can trace their heritage to English and German roots.  My dad was adopted.

  19. Hollie Thomas profile image60
    Hollie Thomasposted 11 years ago

    Both my maternal and paternal grandparents were of Irish decent, and their grandparents had emigrated to England after the potato famine.

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    cheerfulnutsposted 11 years ago

    I was born and raised in the Philippines. Three of my grandparents came from China. My paternal grandmother is a Filipina.

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    TMMasonposted 11 years ago

    I am American, my parents are American, my grand-parents on both sides were American, and theirs parents and grand-parents were from... America.

    Shall I continue?

    I am Anglo-Saxon and American Indian (Apache), about an eigth. (probrably more like a 16th or 32nd). Which came into the line in the late 1800s.

  22. pajamazzon profile image60
    pajamazzonposted 11 years ago

    i'm french, spanish, chinese and filipino rolled in one.

  23. Chaotic Chica profile image61
    Chaotic Chicaposted 11 years ago

    I was born an American and am proud to be so though to be American is vague in and of itself as nobody actually originated here excluding the first true settlers being what we call today as Native Americans.

    That being said, the blood that runs through my veins is comprised of Spanish, Navajo & Apache on my father's side and my mother's is primarily English with a bit of Irish and possibly Cherokee mixed in.

    {Grandma was native to New Zealand where my mother was born and her family goes back to England as far as I can tell but grandpa was an American with Irish roots who went to NZ to meet his bride.} 

    Somewhere along the line there is rumor of some French blood in there but it's so thinned out as to not be relevant to me.

    Seeing as how my entire maiden name is Spanish, that is who I identify with the most despite having my mother's decidedly English looks.

    1. TMMason profile image60
      TMMasonposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If that is the case then no-one is any ethnicity. We all, our ascendents, came from somewhere else before we were where we are today.

      So I don't accept that answer. How many generations do you think it takes before you qualify as a member of that country and people?

      1. Chaotic Chica profile image61
        Chaotic Chicaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        My great grandmother is on the rolls as Apache, her husband was born to a Navajo mother and a Spaniard father.  Their daughter married a Spaniard.  They gave birth to my father who wed my mother.  I don't have to go back very far.  And they are also very quick to point out that they are Spanish, not Mexican, it is a source of pride in the family.

  24. Greg Sage profile image39
    Greg Sageposted 11 years ago

    Mine go way back to when "white" met "bread."

    Anybody got some spf90?

  25. saddlerider1 profile image60
    saddlerider1posted 11 years ago

    I was born in Montreal, Quebec Canada to a British mom and Irish, English father.My ancestry goes back to Yorkshire England and Dublin Ireland. I was fluent in French Canadian french growing up as a boy, teen and a young adult until I moved to the Canadian Prairies 30 yrs ago, never spoke a word of French, lost it all.

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    sylvia13posted 11 years ago

    I was born in Peru of Peruvian father and Uruguayan mother of British, American and Dutch ancestry. I have lived in Peru, Australia, Dominican Rep and Austria and I'm planning to move back to Australia in the near future. I speak Spanish and English fluently and can understand German, although I can't speak it fluently.

  27. Made profile image60
    Madeposted 11 years ago

    I'm just Finnish and Swedish. I live in Finland and speak Swedish.


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