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Old 04-05-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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I am Scots-Irish and English.

Father's side is Scottish and English, mother's side is almost purely Irish.

There's a tad of French and German here and there but not a lot.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Father's side: 1/2 Scottish, 1/2 German.

Mother's side: 3/5 German, 1/5 English, 1/5 Russian.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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New Orleans has a large Sicilian population too
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: southern california
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everybody in the world thinks there is an american culture and identity except us. 500 years of being americans.
i am not a hyphenated american.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: the dairyland
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everybody in the world thinks there is an american culture and identity except us. 500 years of being americans.
i am not a hyphenated american.
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I always found it interesting how some Americans identify with their ancestry so much although they have not more in common with those countries than any other American. It's of course not a bad thing to know where your roots are, but some people exaggerate the significance of that nowadays. Most Americans are just that. Americans. And there's nothing wrong or bad about that.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:42 PM
 
Location: IN
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Western and Northern European:
English, Irish, German, Scandinavian.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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I always found it interesting how some Americans identify with their ancestry so much although they have not more in common with those countries than any other American. It's of course not a bad thing to know where your roots are, but some people exaggerate the significance of that nowadays. Most Americans are just that. Americans. And there's nothing wrong or bad about that.
Well said.
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:12 AM
 
Location: NC
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Mostly Norwegian, Dutch and English. I identify with these 3 the most.

With a little bit of Swedish, Belgian, French, German and Russian thrown in.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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There are plenty of answer like that in the West and the Northeast. One county is 15 % German, 14 % English, 13 % Irish and 10 years later is 19 % English, 16 % German and 15 % Irish. Its always changes. If you compare the 1980, 1990 and 2000 US census you'll see there's a lot changes.

so the domination of German ancestry isn't so strong. For example German is the largest ancestry in almost every counties in Minnesota but Scandinavian American which is slightly below have a much greater presence culturally in Minnesota.

You're right. People who say they're of American ancestry are generally of English, Scottish, Scots-Irish and Welsh ancestry but their families have been in this country so long that they choose to identify simply as having "American" ancestry or don't know their own ancestry.

The south didn't receive a lot of immigrants during the great wave of immigration in the 19th century so most southerners ancestries goes back to the thirteen colonies where most American were of British descent.

the founding nation of a country is often not included when it comes to listing the nations largest ancestry group , for example , its often said that italians are the largest immigrant group in argentina , they are but only if you dont count the spanish , the spanish were the founding fathers so are not counted , i could be wrong but i always assumed that when it comes to declaring ancestry in america , england would be way out in front but since they were the founding fathers , thier not counted and so german american is recognised as the number one ethnic - cultural backround

just a thought
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:49 PM
 
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the founding nation of a country is often not included when it comes to listing the nations largest ancestry group , for example , its often said that italians are the largest immigrant group in argentina , they are but only if you dont count the spanish , the spanish were the founding fathers so are not counted , i could be wrong but i always assumed that when it comes to declaring ancestry in america , england would be way out in front but since they were the founding fathers , thier not counted and so german american is recognised as the number one ethnic - cultural backround

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I agree, that's why the real number of English American is difficult to estimate. It's the same problem with English Canadian, French Canadian, Portugese Brazilian,...

I read somewhere too that over 50 % of Argentine population is of Italian and Spanish descent. It's interesting
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