We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Dougas2, yepper, the UP is solid with Finn's, and with those of a Cornish heritage. Copper mines were the draw at first, not sure what the heck one can do for a living in the U.P. now.
For me, other than providing one of the great loves of my life (hope she is doing well), they embraced the Pasty and made it a Regional taste delight. Never had a Pasty that tasted as good as those of the U.P.
Add the "Americans," to the English and you come closer to the majority. In Appalachia and the places they settled, people call themselves "American" on such surveys. I imagine that is common throughout the country. If you have a German or Polish-sounding name, your family remembers its heritage longer - it stands out. If you have an English-sounding name, however, it just sounds like a regular-old-name, unless someone makes an effort to keep the flame alive somewhere along the way. If you have intermarriage between ethnic groups, the distinctive-sounding names are going to be remember more in family lore. So this measures memorability as much as DNA.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
I suspect a lot of people are like me: English, Scots, Scots-Irish (who are only Scots who moved to Ireland— not Irish), German, Dutch, and Welsh with one stray Frenchman and one stray Norwegian way back. So what am I supposed to say? I check "American," not particularly as a political statement, though that too. Why must we still be reporting on our ancestry? It is fairly offensive.
The Elephants Child
That pretty much describes my ancestry. Add some Swiss and a touch of American Indian. I just say Northern European, or Celtic-Teutonic. Although I have a German surname, I would estimate that I am about 1/4 German. Melting pot.
Having seen Europeans in action in the US and in Latin America, I have concluded that while American culture is based on Europe's, there are currently many differences between Europeans and Americans. [Duh.]
I know family friends who have made trips back to Yugoslavia or Ireland, their old country, and have met cousins there. There is no old country for me but the USA. [A friend who has visited cousins in Yugoslavia also has ancestors who were in New England before the Pilgrims. Melting pot.]
In reading a biography recently of Theodore Roosevelt, I found out two interesting factoids. Well into the 19th century, several centuries after his ancestors had come from Holland, T.R's grandparents spoke Dutch at home. TR's mother was from South Carolina, so Theodore Roosevelt is also a product of our melting pot.
The melting pot keeps on melting. There is a lot of marriage between Hispanics and non-Hispanics.
I am mostly German by gene count, but I also identify as American when asked officially. I am getting tired of all the "America does not have its own culture" crap from many of the newer immigrants, and progressives attacking America.
I read in Johnson's History of the American People that the English became a minority in what is now the United States around 1734 (don't quote me directly, as this is from memory, but you get the point). In the 1800's my German family would wash your mouth with soap if you did not speak English in the home. Culturally, those days are long gone. But also, as time goes on, the whole concept of being this or that in America gets more ridiculous. My wife is even a descendent of a signer of the Declaration of Independence (who was a Scot with an Italian surname), but now the generation of our children are a mix of English, Irish, Scot, German, Swiss, Norwegian, and Black; but German is by far the biggest part of our gene pool. Its kind of funny that there was not even a Germany when they came to America; just German speaking independent states. I think Ben Franklin even proposed (maybe in jest) that German become the official language of the U.S.