Think you’re more British than queuing for cricket in the rain? Or drinking Pimms with sun burn? By looking at our DNA data, we’ve been able to not only find the most British region in the UK, but prove how ethnically diverse Britain is.
And the winner is?
Yorkshire! New analysis of the genetic history of two million people worldwide by AncestryDNA has proved Yorkshire to be the most ‘British’ region in the UK with their genetic makeup containing an average 41 per cent Anglo-Saxon ancestry.
And what about the rest of us?
The results found that the average UK resident is 36.94% British (Anglo Saxon), 21.59% Irish (Celtic) and 19.91% Western European (the region covered today by France and Germany).
London is the most ethnically diverse, having the highest amount of heritage from 17 of the 26 regions analysed. The East Midlands has the most Scandinavian ancestry (10.37%) as well as the most Eastern European (2.47%).
Live in the East of England and always wondered why you have a strong penchant for pizza, pastries and gyros? It might have something to do with the East of England having the most Italian/Greek (Southern European) ancestry (2.53%) and Western European (French/German) (22.52%) ancestry, as well as the highest amount from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain/Portugal) (3.43%).
English people have significantly less Irish ancestry (just 20% of their genetic make-up) on average compared to people living in Scotland (43.84%), Wales (31.99%) and Northern Ireland (48.49%).
English residents do however have the highest amount of Scandinavian (9.39%) and Western European (French/German) (20.45%) ancestry.
Scottish residents have the highest amount of Finnish/Northwest Russian (1.31%) heritage, which is explained by their geographic proximity. While Welsh residents have the highest proportion of ancestry from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain/Portugal) in the UK (3%).