So what colour is your blood?

@p1kef1sh (45642)
February 16, 2009 2:39pm CST
Not literally. But I have noticed, especially amongst my North American friends, that some of them don't appear to be US or Canadian. They are: Irish/Scottish/Cherokee/Peruvian/Italian/Greek/Spanish/Sioux/Armenian/Russian/Polish/Kenyan/Polynesian etc. For the last three hundred years at least my family has been relentlessly English. Single nationality, only one blood. How exotic is your background?
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
16 Feb 09
I'm definitely a total Canadian. My bloodlines include Irish, Ukranian, and German. Here in Canada, we're known as being "multicultural" (as opposed to the U.S. "melting pot")... and I'd say my bloodlines prove that. I wouldn't consider my background to be at all exotic, but there is a lot of history there I'm sure. Granted, I tend to cleave to the Irish heritage the most. I love the celtic stuff! :D
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 Feb 09
I guess what I am saying, and I managed to omit it entirely cos I'm daft, is which comes first? Canadian or your poly-background? I guess from your reply that Canadian is the answer.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
16 Feb 09
Yes, Canadian would be my answer. However, as for the colour of my blood... I'll go with GREEN (the Irish thing lol).
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 Feb 09
Not Creme de Menthe then! LOL.
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• United States
16 Feb 09
I am what we call Heinz 57. We are Welsh, English, German, Irish, American Indian, Black, White, Yellow, Brown..............you name it, and it is probably in our blood, somewhere.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 Feb 09
But you regard yourself as American and not something else presumably Bo?
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• United States
16 Feb 09
Oh, no, I am American, through and through.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
16 Feb 09
No she's not, she's from Bohemia, her name says so!
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
18 Feb 09
Terribly English on Dad's side, we're related to the famous tea manufacturers and Irish on Mum's side. My sister is checking and it looks like Dad is a fifth generation Aussie. Not sure about Mum's side. Not terribly exotic in my opinion. I reckon it would be cool to have Native American blood in me.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Feb 09
Which tea manufacturers? Liptons, Tetley, Twinings - PG! LOL You are a pretty old established family by the sound of it. Five generations must be over one hundred years.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
19 Feb 09
I was guessing that number I guess...late night not thinking straight syndrome...let's see; my sister has traced our Dad's father's father who was born here...how many is that? (maybe he wasn't born here...I'll have to check) Maybe I'm the 5th generation. The family name is Twining..
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
19 Feb 09
Well they are very famous tea folk. We have some in the house right now. Lemon tea. The cup that cheers.
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
18 Feb 09
My great grandmother came over to the US from Ireland during a famine. To marry and Iowa farmer. That was my grandma's mother. My grandfathers grandparents came here from Germany.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
19 Feb 09
So many people left Ireland during the potato famine. Whole villages left.
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
19 Feb 09
Unfortunately i never got to met her. She passed away when my grandma was only 16. Leaving her to raise her younger brothers and sisters. My grandma told me she had beautiful long red wavy hair.
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@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I don't have an exotic background, I'm an American Indian through and through, I'm as full as you can get, can't get no fuller...lol.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Feb 09
I am delighted to hear someone refer to themselves as "American Indian". That's so refreshing. Thank you.
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@nini89 (670)
• India
18 Feb 09
Hi friend! I am an Indian and proud to be an Indian. My blood is red only and I have no cross brid. we all parents, grandparents all are Indians. Happy mylotting and have a nice day.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Feb 09
That's good to hear Nini. Thank you.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
16 Feb 09
I am English, with a tiny bit of Scottish, but my ancestors from one side of the family seemed to emigrate all over the world in the 1800s. They went to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the US, so presumably they spread their blood around. Not literally.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 Feb 09
My ancestors managed to move from Staffordshire to Leicestershire, and then to Oxfordshire. Not exactly intrepid explorers! LOL.
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@nannacroc (4049)
16 Feb 09
As exotic as yours. I can trace one set of ancestors back to about 1600 and they all lived within a ten mile radius of where I live. Can't get much more midland English than that.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 Feb 09
Eh oop me duck. My Beduff beauty.
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@nannacroc (4049)
16 Feb 09
Nearly there, it's me babby in Beduff not me duck.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 Feb 09
Of course. I knew that. How could I forget. Must be your fault!
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• United States
20 Feb 09
im a little of a lot of things lol.. im italian, irish, cherokee, polish, english, and i cant remember what else.. mostly italian and irish though
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
20 Feb 09
Italian and Irish. Meat and potato pizza. Yummy! LOL.
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@liquorice (3901)
19 Feb 09
When I first saw your question, it made me think that maybe you're a vampire. But reading on, maybe that's not the case. (Although I might be wrong, lol!) I'm English, but my ancestors were from Romania, Poland and Wales. (I'm 1/8 Welsh, and proud of it! ) I'm sure that there are some other origins that I don't know about, but it would be interesting to find out. Guess it depends how far you go back. It sounds like your nationality is firmly English. It's interesting that you know your family history 300 years back. In all that time there must be at least a few intriguing stories in there!
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@liquorice (3901)
9 Jun 09
Wow P1key, you do have an interesting family. When I said you must have a few intriguing stories, I wasn't expecting them to be quite so intriguing, lol! Especially your great great grandfather, wonder what he spent it all on? Pity he didn't save you a little.. . I love the sound of your grandmother being a slightly elderly flapper. Sounds like she knew how to have fun! I have some potty relatives too. This discussion caught my eye again as I had to have a cyst removed from my forehead yesterday (nice, I know! ) and I saw lots of my own blood - as can anyone else looking at my face, lol! So I can definitely say that it's red, and that I have lots of it. Alice, yes you're right, we are a big melting pot. I like that, the world's getting a lot smaller!
• Regina, Saskatchewan
16 Feb 09
Well my blood is blue. That's the color my veins show anyway! LOL I'm Irish Celt. No cross breeding in me! But my adoptive parents are a mix of English/Scot/Irish/and a bit of French too. My younger brother is pure Norwegian and my sister is Canadian of mixed Celtic ancestry. Canada is too young to be producing "just Canadians". We are all too close to our immigrated relatives. Give us a few hundred years ok?
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 Feb 09
"Your Majesty" (bows low). Ok, you can have a few hundred years (more). LOL.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
16 Feb 09
Why thank you kind Sir! You may rise............
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
18 Feb 09
I heard the reference of a Heniz57 which meant a blend of many different cultures. For me I first and foremost Canadian. But my background includes German and Ukrainian. Though I keep a few traditions, we are basically a Canadian family. I see more of a difference between me being raise in Toronto (big city) and the people of Cape Breton (fishing village) that I live in now.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
18 Feb 09
Cape Breton looks such a lovely place to live. Must be quite different after Toronto. I guess that there's a French influence there perhaps?
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@owlwings (38850)
• Cambridge, England
17 Feb 09
My tree, like yours, seems to be pure English, though I have a name in it that must almost certainly be Flemish or Dutch and one which is possibly Welsh. The branches are somewhat uneven (it isn't one of those neatly pruned trees where each branch is budded out to the fullest extent). My furthest traceable ancestor comes from a long line of Kentish farmers whose ancestry is said to derive from a Norman retainer of Bishop Odo (and so was Norman French). The names at the ends of the branches are as follows: Kindon from Worcestershire (later spelt Kendon); Gatenby; Butler; Whitworth; Gildersleve; Stokes; Todman; Waddington; Horne (from Yorkshire); Chadwick; Moxton (from Leeds); Fagg (from Kent); Kennett; Read; Cole; Hobday. On my father's side, I can go back 7 generations to about 1770 and on my mother's side I can trace 8 generations to 1686. Most of the blood is 'true English blood' (inasmuch as any English blood can be said to be) but the name of Horne is almost certainly Viking, the name Fagg is said to be Norman French (and therefore probably Viking too), and Gildersleve is either Dutch or Flemish (the family were silk weavers) but probably arrived in Britain in the 17th Century. I think I can confidently assert, therefore, that my blood is as red as the flag of St George (but with a little moderating Norman blue). Since one of my loves is Celtic music (Scottish, Irish and Welsh), it is very much to my chagrin that I can find no hint whatsoever of Celtic blood in my tree (but then who really knows what went on outside the marriage bed and therefore grew up with the 'wrong' name!) For anyone thinking of recording their family tree, there are many varieties of software available but the one that I find suits my purpose admirably is called Personal Ancestral File, produced by the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints (otherwise known as the Mormons) and available from their website. It is free, I am happy to say, and you don't have to be a Mormon to get it, nor do you have to send your data to them if you choose not to.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Feb 09
You have done a lot of research that is very clear. There is a family story that we originated in Ireland. Well not after 1642! Between then and now we are all Staffordshire/Leicestershire/Derbys/Wiltshire and Surrey on my side at least. I have made much use of the IGI in my own researches. However, in true scholarly fashion I have had to evidence everything as well and not just rely on that as reliable data. As I am an Apple computer user; I use Reunion software which is very good.
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@dragon54u (31596)
• United States
16 Feb 09
My dad's side--grandpa's family came over from Germany, grandma's came from Ireland. The Irish side had to drop the O' from their name so people would hire them! Mom's side--grandpa's family came over from Ireland, grandma's from England but they intermarried with the Irish. So that makes me only tri-colored-English, Irish and German!
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 Feb 09
You sound like a flag! LOL. I've often wondered what it must be like to have "foreign" blood. But if anything my family married within itself. That would explain a lot!
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@dorypanda (1584)
17 Feb 09
Oh, extremely exotic Uncle Fishy! My parents are from Beduff (yes, that's really how you spell it....yeah....really) and the County Durham, my Dads parents were from the North of England and my Mums parents were from Beduff and errrrrm, think it was Scarborough. My sister's researched our family history and it appears that my Mums Mums family can be traced all the way back to the Doomsday book, don't think you can get much more English than that. :)
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@dorypanda (1584)
17 Feb 09
I am definatley English, I don't like being called a 'Brit' or British', I am English. I even have the 'English Rose' complexion, you know, pale and interesting but with rosy cheeks, blue eyes and (I used to have blonde hair) naturally brown hair with reddish highlights, but I dye it a reddy colour sometimes.
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@dorypanda (1584)
17 Feb 09
Oh, yes, she is extremely old, I think when she was at school, her teacher was Mr.T.Rex. ;P (best not let her know I said that). :D Yup, we do go back a looooooong way.
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@fluffysue (1452)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I remember when I was a kid, for some reason it was very important to be able to answer the question "What are you?" which I always thought was odd and couldn't answer. When I asked my parents, my dad always said "American". Then answer I finally eventually got, is my dad's family is pretty much all Irish, my mom's is a big combination that includes French, German, English, possibly Dutch, and I feel like I'm leaving something out but don't remember what. What is funny is that, I guess because of my coloring, people usually guess I am Italian, or occasionally Hispanic, but they are wrong.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Feb 09
Maybe your dad felt pleased to be in the US and regarded himself as "starting again"? Judging people by their colour can often catch you out. I have a white skinned ginger haired friend who is Jamaican. Even West Indians have been know to doubt her origins!
@fluffysue (1452)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I don't know...his family was here for at least 3 generations before him (that's as far back as I can go, anyway) Your example reminds me...I once dated a guy who was Asian but he was born in Jamaica, that always threw people off when people asked him where he was from. When his cousin, who actually sounds Jamaican visited, he got a lot of odd looks and questions from people who couldn't reconcile his appearance with his accent. It always boggles my mind that strangers will ask questions about things like that.
@fluffysue (1452)
• United States
18 Feb 09
Oops, darn the inability to edit! I had meant to say, since my father's family was in the country a few generations, he wasn't really making a new start. But I think maybe that was part of it, he felt there was no need to identify with any other nationality or culture.
@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Well, I had to go to my mom for this discussion and learned we are a mixed breed of mutts...lolFrom what she can tell we have a little bit of a few bloodlines. Cherokee from my great great grandmother who was full blood Cherokee,We have some Dutch,Irish and a few other bloodlines mixed in. Like a big pot of soup. I don't know all of them though I guess I need to find out.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 Feb 09
But what a glorious and delicious soup Becky. Yum yum.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
16 Feb 09
My Uncle actually went and got a Cherokee Indian name. He had the proper documents needed for them to honor him with one. His Indian name is Shadow Giant..I could get one as well as the rest of the family but we haven't tried yet. I can imagine they would give me one called squatting buffalo or something similar..lol
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
16 Feb 09
LOL. I hope that they come up with something better than that Becky! Squatting Buffalo indeed!
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Jun 09
Either I missed this one or I"m replying twice. Too lazy to go and check. My background is: German Pennsylvania Dutch (German) English or Welsh Polish Russian Jewish I like to think my blood is purple, but since I faint at the sight of blood I never looked.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
8 Jun 09
Blimey I feel positively thin blooded. The only thin thing about me!!
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Jun 09
Naw, it's just thick with all the same thing. My blood is very confused.
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@saundyl (9693)
• Canada
19 Feb 09
Theres some Belgian, English, french, Scandinavian, American, Cree in my blood...maybe I'm what one might call a mutt!
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
19 Feb 09
An "individual" I think. Mutt sounds so....... Muttish! LOL.
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@saundyl (9693)
• Canada
19 Feb 09
LOL individual i like it...mutt however sounded better than calling myself a crossbreed!
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
17 Feb 09
On my one grandmother's side I'm told that her mother's family came over on the Mayflower so they would be English. Her father came from Canada no one knows beyond that. They called him a French Canuck. He was very secretive about his own family. That would be before the turn of the 1900s. On my grandfather's side I think they came from England too or one of the British Isles. His father was part Indian from Illinois. Now on my mother's side my grandmother's family came from Germany. My grandfather never talked about his family.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Feb 09
That's a selection Dee. I'd be interested in the French Canuk inks. That sounds one worth pursuing. Thank you.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
17 Feb 09
My grandmother said all they ever knew was that he was from Canada. They didn't know any thing about his family. He never talked about them.