Originally posted by christianpatrick
Just about every white person, or am I repeating myself, is. The celts were eventually settled from Ireland through Britain, France clear through to
the Ukraine, (depending on where you draw the border, Russia) south to the balkans, anatolia, and the near east, to northern Italy, the Iberian
peninsula, and into northern africa.
The trouble is... What the heck is a Celt? It's kind of a meaningless modernism, applied to a bunch of kinda-similar-mostly-not cultures that never
once considered themselves "Celt". Britain's Iceni considered themselves very different from the Demetae of Cymru, and neither would have found
much in common with Germany's Suebi.
To make things even more confusing, "Celt" is a term used by the Greeks to describe numerous people in both Europe and Asia minor. it was picked up
by the Romans who then applied it to the people West of the Rhine, and then called the (very similar) people East of the Rhine "Germans - and to
muddy things more, both the Romans and Etruscans were of Gallic (and thus Celtic) origins themselves, though they would have died before accepting
And the Celts never made it into Africa. That was the Germans (not the Celt-Germans, the Nordic-Germans)
Maybe scandinavia missed them,
Yep, not a dot of Celt in Scandanavia. Scandanavia was colonized in the early bronze age by people from modern germany / Denmark. Most of germany was
later taken over by the Halstatt (proto-Celt) culture from the Switzerland area. A few centuries later, towards the latter years of Rome, the
Scandanavians re-migrated south through Denmark, conquered and subsumed most of the celtic germans, and set up their own kingdoms - these were the
Vandals, Goths, Lombards, and such.
but then, the Irish first colonized Iceland and there was a lot of running back and forth between them and continental nordica,
Eh, not quite. Traditional history holds that there were Irish monks in Iceland when the Norse arrived. There's no archaeological proof. Local
tradition also holds that these monks "left" - that's a nice way of saying they were probably slaughtered. A bunch of dead celibates doesn't a
plus the major european pastime for two thousand years was invading, raping and pillaging. It would be hard not to have celtic ancestry. But
you can say exactly the same thing about the germanics. Counting the vikings and normans, they were also in all of those places.
Well, once the Norse were settled in Iceland, the Orkneys, and the Shetlands, they then started settling in Ireland and Scotland. I'm sure plenty of
Celtic (and in the case of Scotland, Angle and Saxon) women wound up back in Iceland, Geatland, and Denmark .
It's especially hard to escape being the descendant of Celts in America - becuase when hte irish came over, they first thing they did was make sure
to get involved in as many families as possible, if you catch my drift.