The Celtic people were a cluster of tribal societies who originated in the central region of Europe, termed Indo-European. Celtic culture stretched over a wide range of locations in Europe, by dispersal or migration. They went to the British Isles, Iberian Peninsular, France and in the far Eastern European locality. As Germanic and Roman conquered regions, the Celtic groups in most of mainland Europe disappeared. Only the Insular Celtic culture and language found in the British Isles and Ireland remains.
In looking at Celtic genealogy, the society and cultural contributions of the Celtic people have included the Celtic language, the basis for English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh languages. Also, in composing poetry and using rhyme. Celtic art produced a great deal of intricate and beautiful metalwork, many of which were used in their burial rites. Interlacing lines which produced patterns helped create the unique Celtic artwork style.
Their clothing were tunics and trousers. The warrior had a metal helmet. They wore jewelry of brooches and armbands.
The Celtics converted to Christianity in the 5th century. The rich interlacing Celtic patterns then appeared in the Christian artworks, like crosses and manuscripts.
In more modern times, the Celtic cultural elements are strongest on the island of Ireland, in Scotland, in Wales, in Cornwall (the southwestern peninsula of England), Isle of Man and across the English Channel in Brittany (in France). The traditional spirit is maintained in those regions in the forms of folklore, music, dance, song, poetry and even some sports, such as hurling, Gaelic Football and shinty. The music uses the bagpipes and harps.
Certain long time characteristics are referred to as Celtic traits; such as loyalty to kin, mistrust of governmental authority and military readiness. They are also very loyal, fearless, yet restless, always looking for a better place. Relating to Celtic genealogy it is believed many of the Scots-Irish who immigrated to North America and Australia during the 17th through the 19th century were also Celtics.< Return To Culture