Does Anglo-Saxon Mean White Person? Is it Derogatory?

New The Lies of the Lion Kindle CoverWhat does Anglo Saxon mean? Does it mean white person? What about WASP… White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant… is that me if my mother was a Lutheran and I’m white? And is it a derogatory term?

Whether or not WASP began as a derogatory term or not, I certainly have felt the sting when I heard it. I first started hearing it in the 1960’s, a time of social upheaval, right along with the expression, “white bread,” another expression for white people that was intentionally derogatory.Black Pansy

OK, enough of the name-calling. Anglo-Saxon is the term for the people of the English heritage to describe their descending from two tribes: the Angles and the Saxons. Long ago, the English kings referred to themselves as the kings of the Angles and the Saxons. But then the Vikings invaded… the men from the north, also known as Norman. After many years, the Vikings settled into their new environment and you could hardly tell them from the Angles and the Saxons. British is what you’d call them all today.

No I am not a WASP. I’ve dug deeply into my family history and pretty much like everyone else… I am what you call an admixture. We all are. The word is pretty self-explanatory but I admit, I did look it up. It means to mix.

In this crazy old world we live in, we are all mixed up. What fun genealogists have these days trying to un-mix it so that we can tell the story of those who came before us. Their history, our history… our story.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:


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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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