Scots Irish Numbers Have Plummeted In The United States – What’s Up?

Scots-Irish-settlementThe number of Americans who self identify as having Scots Irish ancestry in the 2013 census survey declined by almost half since 2006.  Today, only 3 million Americans with Scots Irish descent are visible in the United States.  In 2006 that number was 5.4 million.  This is true despite the profile of Scots Irish immigrants having most definitely become more widely known in American, following the works of former Virginia Senator James Webb (“Born Fighting”) and others.

The 2013 estimate of Scottish Americans living in the US has declined by about 50,000 to 5.3 million.  Scottish Americans are on the decline as far as reporting anyway, but have not dipped below 5 million in decades.  We have always found that number curiously low and we do note that Americans have the option of listing themselves as of ‘American’ ancestry (22 million +) or perish the thought English (24 million +).  Dollars to donuts a fair number of these 46 million Americans have Scotland in their blood and just don’t know it – yet.

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3 responses to “Scots Irish Numbers Have Plummeted In The United States – What’s Up?”

  1. Armand Christopher Hayes says:

    I would guess that we have mixed and blended so much after several generations, that Americans see themselves uniquely American or want to blend in only, instead of the uniqueness in which we were created.
    It does not seem popular to identify yourself as unique to your origins culture.
    To me, I see your heritage as adding sauce/salt/seasoning to who you are; how beautiful it is, like a blooming flower. Perhaps in 50 years, we will all dress in our tees-jeans-tennisshoes, eat hamburgers and fries everyday, the corporation will produce one brand of beer which we will all drink, one perfume or aftershave, and we will all live in the world tower of Babel! –Unless we change it!
    -Armand C Hayes, FSA Scot

    • Gienn here. i have always somehow knew that i had at least irish desent.mayby (most likly) i heard my mom @ dad discuss our differences.Wich back in those days, was deffently an issue, in my family anyway. You see my father was protestant@my mom was catholic irish.So the in laws were not very happy campers.(surnames were Pierce@Watson @ Drake also Williams.So i kinda have a feeling that is why i had ,or was fighting more than most of my peers.But then again who knows?Glenn, Clan Watson.The mighty oak tree.still flourishing.origen north German.Anglo-Saxon.origen,Scottish,borderers,Scotland,Watsons nationality.North-Ireland,nationality,Ulster-Scots(plantation,Fermanagh,Derry,Armagh and Down.In America,Boone County, Iowa.In 1915 moved to California and went to work for studiuos in culver city LosAngeles, were my father @ grangfather worked on the creation of Technicolor.And other inventions of the time in sound effects.Thier names respectivly were (Grandfather-Harris-Dale- Watson,@Melvin- Dale -Watson. (Father….. My name is Glenn Harris Watson,my older brothers name is Bruce Norman Watson,@my little sisis nams is Sharon Dale Watson.Thanks for letting me share, God Bless Glenn, Clan Watson. I WISH ALL YOU SCOTTISH BRAVE HEARTS NOTHING BUT THE BEST

  2. John McInnis says:

    I suspect that self-identifying is going the way of the dodo. Do millennials (etc.) know where they came from? Do they care? Is total amalgamation now bigger than roots? Do we cheer for “ancestry, irrelevant”? Probably all of that. Let the statisticians figure it out.

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