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    Are the Qubcois Germanic?

    Do you consider the Qubcois Germanic and if so, why?

    I'm confused about it, because I've read that some people from this forum who are from this heritage count themselves Germanic, although the Qubcois speak French and their culture is French.

    So can someone explain to me what is Germanic about the Qubcois? Do the majority of the Qubcois identify as Germanic?

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    The original settlers, to my knowledge, are from Northern France, so I would say yes. Although I am not sure how their culture compares between Germanic and Latin.

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    I don't think they ought to be considered Germanic. Sure there are settlers there from Northern France, but Spain was also a Visigothic kingdom and I don't consider them Germanic either. Qubcois speak French and have a pretty distinct culture, I wouldn't number them as Germanic just because they have a little blood from the Normans and ancient Franks. I would say Ireland is about a million times more Germanic than they are, where they actually speak English for starters.

    Anyway, I don't think the majority of Qubcois would consider themselves Germanic, but I may be wrong. I don't really think many people in general see themselves as Germanic actually, beyond their own ethnicity such as English or French or German, etc.

    However, of course many people from Qubec would be assimilable to a Germanic country/culture. Not to say that they ought to be, that is.

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    No they consider themselves French.

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    They may not consider themselves Germanic, but they sure display certain Germanic characteristics such as a strong affection for the land and a greater appreciation of the virtues of rural life.

    Also, while not directly relevant, it may be of interest to note that a fair number of Hessians, Brunswickers, etc. settled in Quebec following the American Revolution.

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    Alot of Irish settled in quebec during the famine. I always believed that the french they speak in quebec is because of a mix between french and the english the Irish use.

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    Of course they aren't Germanic. They are assimilable, though.

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    And the English we speak is dominated by Latin and French but it doesn't make England Romance. I still don't see how they could be considered Germanic besides a minority of people having some Germanic (not including the Irish that settled there) ancestors. Whilst aspects of their culture are surely admirable, it's best not to appropriate entire groups of people who are not (or at least, scantly) related just for that sake.

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    The Qubcois have a great deal of Germanic influence. Most settlers of New France came from predominantly Germanic regions, like Normandy, Burgundy, Wallonia, and areas with heavy Frankish settlement. The rest were of largely Celtic stock, from Brittany and Pays de la Loire. Furthermore, the people of Quebec have since intermarried with later Irish, Scottish, and German settlers. It seems, then, that the term Celtogermanic would best apply to the Qubcois.

    While we're on the subject, I have a small number of Qubcois in my lineage. All came from Normandy, Brittany, and Poitu. One line from which I descend married into a Dutch Protestant family which had settled in New York (then the Dutch colony of New Netherland). My other Qubcois line married into a Pennsylvania German family, and the daughter of this union (my ancestress) married a Scottish immigrant. In both cases, the French blended seemlessly with the admittedly more Germanic Dutch and German families.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svartljos View Post
    However, of course many people from Qubec would be assimilable to a Germanic country/culture. Not to say that they ought to be, that is.
    They could be assimilable- not that they seem too interested.

    The number of them who point to Normandy as their region of origin has always struck me. Normandy, of course, was heavily settled by Danish Vikings who gradually started speaking French.

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