why americans are called Yankee?

@sophialin (2678)
China
March 28, 2008 9:28pm CST
i also have heard yankee bond,which means a dollar-denominated bond sold in the united states by a foreign-domiciled issuer. while why americans are called yankee? are there any special reasons? who can tell me? any response from you is appreciated.
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• United States
31 Mar 08
The story I know is that there was a phrase that the British would call Americans back when we were a colony and it was Yankee Doodle. I just looked it up and the term Yankee was a demeaning term that the British and Doodle meant fool. So putting them together was really a demeaning term. But the early Americans took the term and made it their own and wrote the song Yankee Doodle Dandy. When The U.S. had their Civil War, the soldiers were called Yankees. After the war, any American that is from the northern states, gets the nickname Yankee.And there is a baseball team named the Yankees.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
Thanks for the best response. I hope my post helped. talk to you later.
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• Canada
30 Mar 08
There are several explanation. Mostly like Yankee has something to do with the Dutch. The Dutch came to settle in New York before the English. The English name John is Jan in Dutch. The Dutch J pronounces as Y. Jan and kee are common Dutch names. Some even suggested Yankee meant "John Cheese": The John (Dutch or English) who ate Cheese. Originally, Yankee was an insulting word. So it was political incorrect to call them Yankee. Unlike the modern generation, people then had humor and were thick-skinned. They didn't mind being called Yankee and later it became a word of pride.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
30 Mar 08
It is an old term that took to people living in the U nited States!
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• United States
29 Mar 08
I had to call my mother for this answer as she is not American. She said the ones from up north are called Yankees. The ones from the south are call something else. She said girl leave me alone. I have to get back to this with my friends response:
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I think that goes back to colonial times. I don't recall exactly what it means, but I think it was originally an insult made by the British to the people who had moved to the colonies (what is now America). Don't quote me on that, but I think I was told that at one time. Can someone back me up on that?