7.6% of the total U.S. population
|Regions with significant populations
|Throughout the entire United States
New England, the
Delaware Valley, the
Mormon Corridor and the
American and British English dialects)
English Americans, also referred to as Anglo-Americans, are
Americans whose ancestry originates wholly or partly in
country that is part of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In the 2014
, English Americans are (7.6%) of the total population.
demographers regard this as a serious undercount, as the index of inconsistency is high, and many, if not most, people from English stock have a tendency (since the introduction of a new "American" category (See
Old Stock Americans) in the 2000 census) to identify as simply
 or if of mixed European ancestry, identify with a more recent and differentiated ethnic group.
 In the
1980 United States Census, over 49 million (49,598,035) Americans claimed English ancestry, at the time around 26.34% of the total population and largest reported group which, even today, would make them the largest ethnic group in the United States.
 Eight out of the ten
surnames in the United States are of English origin or having possible mixed
British Isles heritage, the other two being of Spanish origin.
Scots-Irish Americans are for the most part descendants of
Lowland Scots and
Northern English (specifically:
Westmorland) settlers who colonized Ireland during the
Plantation of Ulster in the 17th century.
In 1982, an
opinion poll showed respondents a card listing a number of
ethnic groups and asked, "Thinking both of what they have contributed to this country and have gotten from this country, for each one tell me whether you think, on balance, they've been a good or a bad thing for this country." The English were the top ethnic group, with 66% saying they were a good thing for the United States, followed by the
Irish at 62%. Ben J. Wattenberg argues that this poll demonstrates a general American bias against Hispanics and other recent immigrant populations.
The overwhelming majority of the
Founding Fathers of the
United States of America were of English extraction, including
Thomas Jefferson (however Jefferson's father was of immigrant parents said to have come from the Snowdonia district of northern Wales
Jefferson Davis, President of The Confederate States of America was also of English descent.
English immigrants in the 19th century, as with other groups, sought economic prosperity. They began migrating in large numbers without state support.