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    I'm predominantly (Lower) Saxon. The rest is Frankish, and quite possibly some Frisian as well. I regret to say I don't speak the Saxon dialect of my region, though.

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    My English, German, and Dutch ancestry would point to there being some amount of Saxon blood in my veins. I don't know how much however because of the Scottish, Norman, and Scots Irish. It's not a matter of a fact statement because I have not as of yet been able to trace my ancestry (it cost money, that I do not have) so I can only go as far as my parents have told me, and they only know what were made up of in recent name usages and tittles and not in the sense of the old tribal names.

    If this helps at all my English/Norman ancestry is old American Colonial stock. As for the Dutch, German, Scots Irish, Scottish. I have no clue if those were older or newer stock those are all products of Appalachia they could be Colonial or they could be newer.

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    Anglo Welsh

    Welsh on my father's side and English on my mother's side. Her maiden name suggests English rather than Saxon. I am convinced there is a bit of Norse and Saxon in me as well though.
    What a truly magnificent Northern European blend

    wasshael

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    I have traced my ancestry back 12-15 generations, and Anglo-Saxon is my predominate ancestry, with a good bit of Scottish, and some German. My family name is also Saxon

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    I am about 25% Saxon, in that I am part Danish (Saxony, you know).

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    I consider myself predominantely Saxon. I can trace my family name back to Saxony.

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    My known ancestry (almost 1600 direct ancestors) is Frisian for the most part, more than 90%.

    The rest is predominantly Saxon, coming from Dutch provinces like Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel and the northwest of Germany. And a very small percentage of Frankish ancestors.

    But i recently found out modern Frisians are not the exact same as the original Frisians called Frisii/Frisiaevones. This is because the area of Friesland became flooded and full of swamps around 300 AD. This resulted in many original Frisians moving to for example England.
    When the Frisian land became better habitable again about a century later, the Anglo's, Saxons and Jutes started living there, mixed with the original Frisians they together became the Frisian people we know today. Of course all those Germanic tribes had a common origin/heritage, so it was like they came back together.

    So in that case my far ancestors are probably more Saxon than i think. But on the other hand, is it really useful to differentiate between Germanic tribes like that? The differentiation between them is more a Roman invention than one of our own. Germanic tribes constantly intermixed and split up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sybren View Post
    But i recently found out modern Frisians are not the exact same as the original Frisians called Frisii/Frisiaevones. This is because the area of Friesland became flooded and full of swamps around 300 AD. This resulted in many original Frisians moving to for example England.When the Frisian land became better habitable again about a century later, the Anglo's, Saxons and Jutes started living there, mixed with the original Frisians and together became the Frisian people we know today. Of course all those Germanic tribes had a common origin/heritage, so it was like they came back together.
    Out of interest where did you source this information from? As far as I know Germanic peoples didn't enter Britain in large numbers until the 5th century
    Last edited by GroeneWolf; Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 01:15 AM. Reason: full quote

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    Quote Originally Posted by erilaz View Post
    Out of interest where did you source this information from? As far as I know Germanic peoples didn't enter Britain in large numbers until the 5th century
    From multiple sources, but the one i can remember and find is:

    http://www.bertsgeschiedenissite.nl/...ac/frisii.html

    It's Dutch though.

    I don't know how reliable this source is.

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    All my ancestors from Germany were from cities in Lower Saxony, except a great grandmother from Switzerland

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