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Welsh people

Welsh people
1st row: Anthony HopkinsTom JonesDylan ThomasGeorge EverestRyan Giggs • Robert Owen • Michael Sheen
2nd row: Mary Jones • William Jones • Kelly JonesBertrand Russell • Gwyneth Jones • Aneurin Bevan • Owain Glyndŵr
3rd row: William Rees • Gareth EdwardsRuth JonesDavid Lloyd GeorgeRhodri MorganRichard BurtonCatherine Zeta-Jones
Ethnic group
GroupWelsh people
United States1959794
New Zealand9966

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The Welsh people ( ) are an ethnic group and nation associated with Wales and the Welsh language.

John Davies argues that the origin of the "Welsh nation" can be traced to the late 4th and early 5th centuries, following the Roman departure from Britain, although Brythonic Celtic languages seem to have been spoken in Wales far longer. The term Welsh people applies to people from Wales and Welsh ancestry perceiving themselves or being perceived as sharing a cultural heritage and shared ancestral origins.

An analysis of the geography of Welsh surnames commissioned by the Welsh Government found that 718,000 people, or nearly 35% of the Welsh population, have a family name of Welsh origin, compared with 5.3% in the rest of the United Kingdom, 4.7% in New Zealand, 4.1% in Australia, and 3.8% in the United States, with an estimated 16.3 million people in the countries studied having Welsh ancestry,Today Wales is a country of the United Kingdom, and the majority of people living in Wales are British citizens.

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