English people

nation and ethnic group native to England

English people sometimes live in England, which is one of the nations of the island of Great Britain, which they share with Scottish people and the Welsh. Originally they were descended from Anglo-Saxons and Celts. Nowadays most of them have forebears from another European countries and from the rest of the world, after England and the rest of UK received large waves of Immigrants. Many people leave England to emigrate to former British colonies, such as USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Belize and South Africa, for example.

English people
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Regions with significant populations
 United Kingdom 37.6 million in
 England and  Wales[1]
Significant English diaspora in
 United States22.8 million[2] (2018)a
 Australia7.8 million[3] (2016)b
 Canada6.3 million[4] 2016)c
 South Africa1.6 million[5] (2011)d
 New Zealand44,000–282,000[6]
Traditionally Anglicanism, but also non-conformists and dissenters (see History of the Church of England), as well as other Protestants; also Roman Catholics (see Catholic Emancipation); Islam (see Islam in England); Judaism and other faiths (see Religion in England). Almost 25% are non-religious.[7]
Related ethnic groups

a English American, b English Australian, c English Canadian, d British diaspora in Africa


  1. The 2011 England and Wales census reports that in England and Wales 32.4 million people associated themselves with an English identity alone and 37.6 million identified themselves with an English identity either on its own or combined with other identities, being 57.7% and 67.1% respectively of the population of England and Wales.
  2. "U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates". data.census.gov. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  3. "United Kingdom-born Community Information Summary: 2016 Census" (PDF). homeaffairs.gov.au. 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  4. Government of Canada, Statistics Canada (8 February 2017). "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Canada [Country] and Canada [Country]". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  5. Census 2011: Census in brief (PDF). Pretoria: Statistics South Africa. 2012. p. 26. ISBN 9780621413885. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 May 2015. The number of people who described themselves as white in terms of population group and specified their first language as English in South Africa's 2011 Census was 1,603,575. The total white population with a first language specified was 4,461,409 and the total population was 51,770,560.
  6. (Ethnic origin) The 2006 New Zealand census Archived 19 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine reports 44,202 people (based on pre-assigned ethnic categories) stating they belong to the English ethnic group. The 1996 census used a different question Archived 19 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine to both the 1991 and the 2001 censuses, which had "a tendency for respondents to answer the 1996 question on the basis of ancestry (or descent) rather than 'ethnicity' (or cultural affiliation)" and reported 281,895 people with English origins; See also the figures for 'New Zealand European'.
  7. "2011 Census: KS209EW Religion, local authorities in England and Wales". ons.gov.uk. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2012.