(Original post by NickYeo)
Hope you find this interesting. I came across this forum on google today because funnily enough I am also Welsh and dark eyed, haired and skinned! I am always getting asked where I am originally from or being asked if I am mixed race. (especially cause my sister is blonde, blue eye and pale skinned!)
I do have a little bit of English in me from my dads side(one of his parents), but I am majority Welsh. I get my colour from my mums side, whos family is a proper Welsh speaking family coming from Llandovery.
I got a bit fed up, so a few years back I did a bit of research, this is some of the things I found:
"The Mediterranean race was thought to be prevalent in southern Europe, most of North Africa, South Asia and the Middle East as well as parts of the British Isles Wales and the English county of Cornwall and was characterized by moderate to short stature, long skull (dolichocephalicness), dark hair, dark eyes and complexion."
"Over to Professor Stephen Oppenheimer of Oxford University, who says some 81% of the Welsh have DNA evidence which shows a common link to ancestors who came to Britain from northern Spain many thousands of years ago."
"The welsh are of a predominantly meditteranean appearance. Most people in wales have black hair and brown eyes with white skin (some have dark skin like ruth madoc, imogen thomas and catherine zeta jones. . some welsh people have blonde hair or red hair with blue eyes too (about 5-7% at most)."
"both authors state that according to genetic evidence, most Welsh people and most Britons descend from the Iberian Peninsula"
"96% of lineages in Llangefni in north Wales derive from Iberia. Genetic research on the Y-chromosome has shown that the Welsh, like the Irish are genetically very similar to the Basques of Northern Spain and South Western France although the Welsh do contain more Neolithic input than both the Irish and the Basques."
What do you think of that? I gotta be honest, I only joined this student room thing to tell you that, bit sad i know, but I was getting annoyed at the other comments and wanted you to know that its completely normal to be dark and be Welsh blooded. Plus everyone gets jelous of us don't they!
Hope this helps you
, if you want any other information I am happy to help!
Also, I noticed you're from North Wales - ti'n siarad Cymraeg?