[LMB] Barrayaran ethnicities, was English does not include Scottish

Lois McMaster Bujold lbujold at myinfmail.com
Thu May 9 21:39:56 BST 2013

[LMB] OT: English does not include Scottish
Margaret Dean margdean56 at gmail.com
Thu May 9 21:09:54 BST 2013

Margaret Dean:  Ethnic and linguistic questions aside, there must have 
been at least some
Scottish ancestry among the Firsters.  Otherwise, where did Vormuir come
from (besides being a Tuckerism, I mean)?

LMB:  Aye.

Although the Barrayaran Firsters are posited as coming from a few 
limited regions of Earth mumble-hundred years in our future, one must 
suppose said regions will not be _less_ ethnically and racially mixed 
that they are now.  Which is part of why the average Barrayaran is 
described as having rather Mediterranean looks, that region having been 
a crossroads and melting pot for millennia.

So, really, _any_ Old Earth surname is theoretically possible to pop up 
on ToI Barrayar, although such things being what they are over time, a 
lot of the original patronyms will have died out naturally, through the 
progenitors dying without issue or having only girls. (In the latter 
case, of course, the genes flow on.)  Ditto languages only spoken by a 
few Firsters.

French and German used to be socially constructed as two different 
"races", at various historical times; they aren't anymore, at least not 
in America.  (There may still be a few unreconstructed Frenchman or 
Germans who hold a different view.)  Emigration appears to have a 
breaking-down effect on source-country boundaries and finer gradations 
of these constructed distinctions, racial, social, and linguistic.

Ta, L.

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