Who is more British?

August 31, 2009

At dinner the other night, two of our good friends whom we are visiting in London, Daniel and I asked “who is more British?” The two Brits listed their relatives–neither had a heritage that was mostly British. Daniel, who is Eurasian, listed Humphreys and Davies in his family tree–Welsh names. My father looked into our family tree some years back, saying that Bourland is Scotch-Irish. We went to the internet to research our respective family crests and were all amused by the images a mottoes. I trotted out my family names: Rhodes, Yelton, Arnold, Netterville… To my shock, I was more British than anyone at the table, even though my family has been in America since the 1700s. Go figure.

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