originally germanic and anglo-saxon paganism, later christianity
related ethnic groups
anglo-saxons, saxons, frisii, jutes
map of the roman empire under hadrian (ruled 117–138), showing the then homeland of the angles (anglii) on the jutland peninsula in today's germany and denmark
the angles (old english: Ængle, engle; latin: angli; german: angeln) were one of the main germanic peoples who settled in great britain in the post-roman period. they founded a number of kingdoms of anglo-saxon england, and their name is the root of the name england ("land of Ængle"). according to tacitus, before their move to britain, angles lived alongside langobardi and semnones in historical regions of schleswig and holstein, which are today part of northern germany (schleswig-holstein).