WASP = acronym for
W = White
A + S = Anglo-Saxon (i.e., of English-Germanic descent)
P = Protestant
"WASP" in mid-20th century speech became shorthand for
the USA's dominant culture to which other ethnic groups were expected
The "Anglo-Saxon" component may be the most complicated or troublesome
part, because it may partly exclude the Scotch-Irish, many of whom are
of Celtic ethnicity.
time of Christ, most of western Europe, especially France and Great Britain,
were populated by Celts. The word "Celtic" is now mostly associated with
"Celtic music" (fiddles, dulcimers; ballads of
love, war, and loss, etc.) and Irish and Scottish peoples. The NBA's Boston
Celtics took their name from Boston's large Irish population. Celtic people
may often be identified by red or auburn hair, light eyes, and pink cheeks.
after the time of Christ, the Romans colonized southern England,
intermarrying with Celtic peoples and pushing exclusively Celtic peoples to
the North (Scotland) and West (Ireland).
Roman Empire declined, in the 5th & 6th centuries CE the southern half of England was invaded by Germanic
peoples from the continent.
peoples were the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes.
+ Saxons = Anglo-Saxons
"English" < "Angles"
Germanic peoples also intermarried with Celts and Roman descendants.)
a Germanic language, though it has many other influences esp. re words <
French, Latin, colonized languages
English people are genetically and historically related to the German
racial or linguistic purity are mostly myths or fantasies. Throughout and
before history, human populations have migrated and mixed.
TV Tropes: White Anglo-Saxon Protestant