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MichelleP August 1st, 2005 09:35 AM

What is your heritage?
Thought this would be an interesting question to ask everyone.

I'm mostly Scottish, English, Welsh, and Irish, plus 1/8 German. If I wanted, I could join the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the Daughters of the Confederacy. My family has lived in Texas since the 1700s and I can count two Texas Rangers in my heritage.

Mark is half French-Canadian, half Irish. His dad's family has lived in Quebec since the 1600s. His grandparents were first-generation Americans (they moved to Rhode Island) but his dad went to French-speaking schools and spoke only French until he was 12. His mom's family is mostly Irish with a little English as well. Let me tell you, that French-Irish combination makes for one heck of a temper! LOL

Michelle P.

fasteddie August 1st, 2005 09:49 AM

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I'm Polish thru and thru. All four grandparents came here from Poland around the turn of the 20th century.


skymaster August 1st, 2005 09:56 AM

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I'm 1/2 Welsh and 1/2 German. The lovely Mrs. Jones was born in Sicily, and needless to say is 100% Italian.
See you aboard,

bigjohn461 August 1st, 2005 10:08 AM

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I'm 3/4 German and 1/4 Apache indian.....My wife is 1/2 Cherokee and 1/2 bulldog...what time she is not on the warpath she is sitting on her a** growling...>JK<..VBG.......She really is 1/8th Cherokee and the rest is Irish and Polish mix...

nolou525 August 1st, 2005 10:35 AM

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Let's see---3 parts Italian, 1/2 part Dutch and 1/2 part Canadian. My dad's mom is from Nova Scotia. Rest of the grandparents are Italian, two were born USA, my mom's dad was born in Naples, Italy. He was named Giacomo (James) when he was born but when he got off the boat, they wrote Giovanni instead so he became John. My guess is they had too many Giacomo's already and needed some Giovanni's to balance it out. LOL

My husband is all Italian.

DENISE H August 1st, 2005 10:49 AM

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i'm half german half french born in wis moved to mpls and i still live in mpls

Darcy August 1st, 2005 10:59 AM

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Mostly french and german.

salem5050 August 1st, 2005 11:58 AM

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1/2 irish and 1/2 italian

Mary Margaret

Gatormama August 1st, 2005 12:05 PM

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Ok, here goes. I'm all German, DH is 1/2 French canadian (his Mom's side) and 1/4 Irish and 1/4 English. Most marvelous combination except that is the same combo that my Dad is. DH's family came over on the Mayflower and was one of the original Mass. families to settle in 1632. Yes, Trip, we are related (very distantly) to the Jordan Marsh of retail fame.

Ok, Now I know some of you are scratching your heads and saying hunh? How can she be 100%German etc. Answer, I was adopted so thats how that works

Angela Z. August 1st, 2005 12:22 PM

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I'm Italian on my dad's side and my mom was english, irish, german and danish. I'm proud to say I've been to all those countries!
Anne, my husband was also adopted and that's what we "blamed" our son's strawberry blonde hair as an infant on!
Angela Z.

Cruise Cynic August 1st, 2005 12:23 PM

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my children are 25% Scottish, 25% Ukranian and 50% Sri Lankan

that adds up to 100% Canadian, if anybody should ask.

DougR. August 1st, 2005 12:31 PM

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Cynic - You got to my punchline first!!!

I am:

1/2 English
1/4 German
1/4 Irish (except on March 17th)


1/2 Italian
1/4 German
1/4 Scot

We are both 100% Jersey-American

CZodda August 1st, 2005 01:03 PM

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100% Italian here! :-D


rayb August 1st, 2005 01:23 PM

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1/2 Irish and other half Louisiana Cajon French. NO, I do not speak French.

Kuki August 1st, 2005 02:01 PM

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I'm 2 parts baileys, 2 parts banana liquer, 1 part Colada mix... blended with ice. I make for an unmoostakable taste treat!

PapaBill August 1st, 2005 02:26 PM

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Papa- take one distant part German, mix with a couple of parts Irish (on Mom and Dad's side both), stir in some italian from Naples, mix altogether and don't forget to mix in the 350 year old Dutch arrivals to New England. Sprinkle generously with South Bronx NY and you get a Papa.
Gram- take a few Vikings raiding the shores of Sicily and you get a family of blond and red headed blue eyed Sicilians. Now head to the southern part of Italy. Mix generously
and pour over the Belmont section of the Bronx and you get Gram.

Lisa August 1st, 2005 03:03 PM

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Let's see here, 3/4 Bohemian and 1/8 German and 1/8 least that is what my Dad's aunt who just did the family history on my Dad's side said. My Dad is 1/2 Bohemian and 1/4 German and 1/4 Mom was full blooded Bohemian. But, I am 100% American and proud of it!

Kuki August 1st, 2005 04:19 PM

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To be honest I'm half Polish, and half Polish.

But I'm not sure which half is which.

KimJack August 1st, 2005 05:54 PM

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I'm 3/4 Irish, 1/8 Welsh and 1/8 German. Kim is 100% Vietnamese.


rollerdonna August 1st, 2005 06:04 PM

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Interesting thread Michelle!
I am Canadian-born, to an English Candian mother and a French Canadian father (who, by the way, never spoke French!) His father, had a French-Candian heritage, but was from California. His mother's family came from England.
My mother's family was from England, Scotland, with a bit of Irish thrown in there.
So I'm a bit of everything, and growing up in Quebec, have become almost bilingual.

donna (who thinks Kuki's "mix" would taste great!!)

Cruznut2 August 1st, 2005 06:43 PM

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My Fathers family emigrated to Massachusetts from Corfinio Italy. My mothers family were salty New Englanders from Eastport Maine. My Mother has given me a page on which she has traced her roots back to Scotland in the 1600's.
Interestingly while I was researching some information for an adoptee I know I found a notice in a geneaology page. The author was looking for descandents of DiNardi-Bucci families from Italy settled in Melrose-Malden Mass. I was stunned, this is my family. I contacted her she was looking for her husbands family. She sent me pictures of his family. One thing jumped out was the fact that every one of them had my eyes. Every picture she sent resembled someone in my immediate family. We have kept in touch and she found a census page from 1920 in the neighborhood where I was finally able to place where every person fit into my life. The whole neighborhood was my family back then. Not surprising to me they called it DiNardiville!!.


susancruzs August 1st, 2005 07:57 PM

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Love this thread! I am 1/2 Swedish (thus Carlson and my grandmother was Larson), and then the Juneau's and Duffy's take over. I've always said I'm 1/2 Swedish and 1/2 French Canadian but that 1/2 is actually 1/4 French Canadian and 1/4 Irish!

Juneau's have been around the US and Canada a long time, we have a huge book printed in French/ English courtesy of the Wisconsin Juneau's. It has a huge fold out chart that is about 3 feet by 8 feet and we can find ourselves on it. Somehow we are related to Solomon Juneau, who I think was one of the first settlers or mayor or something in Milwaukee!!!

My fathers mother immigrated from Sweden alone at the age of 18, in the late 1800's,
which must have been quite a journey, then she had to get from New York to Chgo., where she had cousins. Her cousins introduced her to my grandfather because they felt she should marry a Swede!!! :-)


Fern August 1st, 2005 08:07 PM

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On my Father's side, I'm half German. My Father came to the US at age 16 from Borken, Germany, alone. On my Mother's side, I'm half Dutch and half Prussian. (They came to the US much earlier.)

belgique August 1st, 2005 08:35 PM

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Purebred, 100% Belgian - both parents born in small towns in Belgium but didn't meet each other until they both settled in Detroit in the 20's.

Many Belgians came to the U.S. in the 1900's and 20's and most went to either Detroit or Moline, Illinois, to work for John Deere. Their names were hard to pronounce so Immigration just put signs saying "John Deere" around their necks and directed them to the trains towards Moline. It was a family joke that we have a thousand uncles named "John Deere".

Interesting thread - nice to read about everyone!

gb52877 August 1st, 2005 08:41 PM

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I am Finnish on both sides. All my grandparents came over from Finland. My parents were both born in America. My husband is Polish and German.

VTJen August 1st, 2005 08:49 PM

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From my mom I get a Scottish, French (France) and Abenaki mix, from my Father I'm get a Austrian and Abenaki mix

My husband is Scottish and French Canadian fro his mom and Irish and French Canadian from his dad


UConn1 August 1st, 2005 08:50 PM

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I am Dutch Italian...don't ask, I can't explain it.

That drink is very similar to my fave which is two parts Bailey's, two parts Kahlua, and one part Banana. I could drink them all day long...


Dorothy August 1st, 2005 10:02 PM

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Maternal grandmother 1/4 Cherokee Indian. Grandfather french. Other maternal grandmother and grandfather first generation German/Americans. a lot of us Americans I am Heinz 57!


rollerdonna August 1st, 2005 10:16 PM

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Oops, forgot to mention James, who was born in Wales (in a pub no less!), then later moved to Chester, then London, before emigrating to Canada. His family tree traces back to Scotland as well.
I was surprised to read how many of you have French Canadian roots like me!


Thomas August 2nd, 2005 03:48 AM

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I'm 1/2 Beagle, 1/2 Labrador, 1/2 Dachshund, and 1/2 Bulldog. I come from the Eastern shore of the Northern South of the Western end. My mother was also my aunt and my father had 18 children all with the same name.


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