Finding America

Me and Tarah

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America is made up of a wide variety of ancestral groups. For the sake of time, I'll not list them all here. Rather, I’m going to home in on one ancestral group in particular: my own. You see, as of the 2000 U.S. census, a whopping 24 million Americans self-reported having English ancestry; that is, having descendants who originated wholly or partly in England. The question is, which states have the most. In my first video of the Vlogmas season, I took a look at 5 American States with the Most English Ancestry.

Laurence Brown is a British writer and YouTuber who somehow convinced the city of Chicago to let him in. He is an English Language graduate from Lancaster University and a passionate word etymologist, with a particular interest in British and American neologisms. Since moving to the United States, he has become increasingly curious about Britain's historical influence on American culture and about America in general.


  1. Greetings! I'm from Connecticut and we have over 20 cities that have English counterparts. The number is possibly higher. I hope, in future, to visit a bulk of these "same name" cities to compare the obvious differences between them. Please send my thanks to your spouse for marrying you lol jk jk.

  2. My great-grandfather came over from King's Norton, Birmingham, in the 1860's to settle in Waterbury, Connecticut, not far from where I live now. UK 1861 census list him as a "Brass Roller" & my guess is that he was recruited by one of the Brass mills in Waterbury. Sadly, all the heavy industries in this area are long gone now.

  3. I live 50 miles south of Boston in Bristol County. I live in Somerset MA. next town over is Swansea. Most of our towns here are named after areas in England. My mother came here in 1935 with large influx of English. We use to have our own areas which now are taken over by more recent groups. Enjoy your site ,takes me back to when my family was more English in culture.


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