North Sea Germanic people, from the eponymous area

The Angles were Germanic peoples from Northern Germany and Denmark who invaded Britain from around 410 CE. Their name seems to be connected with Angeln, a modern district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The Angles, together with the Jutes, Saxons and Frisians, were among the tribes who sailed across the North Sea in the 5th century to invade Britain.[1] The various tribes were later called "Anglo-Saxon".[2].


  1. Peter Hunter Blair; Simon Keynes, An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), p. 10
  2. Mark Harrison. They came to rule Britain and became known as Anglo-Saxon Thegn AD 449-1066 (London: Osprey, 1993), p. 3

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