Traditionally Anglicanism, but also non-conformists (see History of the Church of England) and also Roman Catholics (see Catholic Emancipation); as well as other faiths (see Religion in England).
The English are a nation and ethnic group native to England, who speak English. The English identity is of early mediaeval origin, when they were known in Old English as the Anglecynn. England is a country of the United Kingdom, and English people in England are British Citizens. Their ethnonym is derived from the Angles, Germanic peoples who migrated to Great Britain after the fifth century AD.
Historically, the English population is descended from several genetically similar peoples—the earlier Britons (or Brythons), the Germanic tribes that settled in the region, including Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, collectively known as the Anglo-Saxons, who founded what was to become England (from the Old English Englaland), and the later Danes, Normans and other groups. Following the Act of Union in 1707, in which the Kingdom of England became part of the Kingdom of Great Britain, English customs and identity became closely aligned with British customs and identity.
Today, some English people have recent forbears from other parts of the United Kingdom, while some are also descended from more recent immigrants from other European countries and from the Commonwealth.
The English people are the source of the English language, the parliamentary system, the common law system and numerous major sports. These and other English cultural characteristics have spread worldwide, in part as a result of the former British Empire.
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... A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman find a wizard on the top of a tall cliff ... So first, the Englishman jumps off the cliff and shouts, "Pillows!" and so he lands on some pillows ... another version of the joke, the Scotsman says wee) A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman were discussing the infidelity of their wives ...
... equipment at all until he met another castaway, an Englishman ... A few days later the Englishman "went out but he never returned." The Englishman left behind a knife, gunpowder, tobacco and more ...
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Famous quotes containing the word englishman:
“The men are magnificentthe young men tall, well formed, and admirably dressed; the old men positively beautiful, with their fresh complexions, white hair, and admirable neatness. Nothing struck me more than this, and we might copy it to advantage here. As an Englishman grows older he becomes more and more careful in his dress.”
—M. E. W. Sherwood (18261903)
“Each religious sect has its own physiognomy. The Methodists have acquired a face; the Quakers, a face; the nuns, a face. An Englishman will pick out a dissenter by his manners.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“Your Englishman is rather reserved, and your Yankee, he does not fancy that sort of thing in anybody but himself.”
—Herman Melville (18191891)