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I had to distract myself.

“Marsh” is a surname of British origin; specifically, English. It’s derived from the same word describing a low-lying wetland. No telling what ancestry his mother’s side has. Given the substantially-high number of Americans who trace their origins to the British Isles, it’s probably the same. 

Not all Jews trace their origins to Israel, but let’s say Kyle’s family does for the sake of making it easy. Israel has only existed since 1948, and Judaism has been around for thousands of years before. In addition, his mother, and possibly father, are from New Jersey. Yikes. Conversely, with all else unknown, “Broflovski” as a surname has a high propensity for having Slavic origins. The Russian Empire once had the largest population of Jews in the world, before Israel was established. Most have since relocated to Israel, Canada, Australia, the United States, and the rest of Europe.

“Cartman” isn’t a widely-used surname, but any genealogist or linguist would probably tell you it also has British origins. But is he also part German? Probably not, but let’s not spoil it for him. He wishes he were. Germany and Ireland specifically have significant populations of people with red hair. Let’s not forget Jack Tenorman’s role. His genes could have been recessive, after all. 

Any surname beginning with “Mc” (also called “Mac”) is Scots-Irish in origin. So are the McCormicks Scottish or Irish? Probably Irish. Probably both. Drink up.

I was the first person on either side of my family born in California. My mother was born in Wyoming, and her mother was born in the French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium, like the generations before her. My mother’s father, as well as her older sister, were born in Vancouver, Canada. So I figured that made me part Canadian, right?

No. My great grandfather and the family before him were originally from Arkansas, before moving north of the border. I was not happy to learn I had ancestry in one of the most backwards, uneducated and corrupt states in the country, simultaneously known for contributing nothing significant other than some diamond mines, Walmart, and Bill Clinton. Even Arkansas’ Wikipedia article acknowledges the state has a reputation for being filled with “banjo-picking hillbillies.” Is it all bad? Yeah, kinda. I take no pride in being part Arkansawyer. No plans on the horizon to visit Little Rock any time soon…or, ever.

As for my dad’s side of the family? That’s easier. They're all Danish. As far back as his family’s history can be traced, every person in the family was born, lived, and died in Denmark. My dad moved to California from the Danish city of Odense at the age of 22 in 1979 to live with his uncle who moved here with his wife in 1958.

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TheAtomMan1996 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
My surname (which I'm not telling you what it is) is actually of Dutch origin.
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Martyna-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cuuute *o*
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Manami-Miku Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist
I was thinking along the lines that Kenny's dad is Irish might not be but never know and Carol might be descendant of Scottish but yes very interesting heritage you have there I'm a third German and half Chinese but mainly Island born in New Zealand. 
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Flip-Reaper-Z Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
:iconrodelmadlaplz: :iconclareevansplz: :iconprototype-xenonplz: :iconjonbayaniplz: :iconsaysplz: My folks were born in the philippines. I'm not really sure of the origin of my surname since I was born in the united states, thing is I have alot of uncles, aunts, cousins, etc that I met and haven't met. Kinda like a clan.
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aquajewel101902 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Same for me
Most of my Great Aunts and Uncles were either Chamoru or Filipino on my dads side
but my mothers side everyone`s Japanese and theres about 3 to 5 uncles and aunts and 5 to 8 cousins
And theres my half mother and half sisters which i know they are japanese and half flilipino?
but yeah I still dont know what nationality I have :I
((whats worse is that everyone makes fun of my last name because it sounds like Kelaguen))
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I-Lov-ZaDr-and-Anime Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I LOVE THIS! Haha! great!
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CountryParkBalls Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow !
Great pic, the cuteness bird also visited me !
But i'm not sure about Kyle being Russian...trust me, there's more "ov" or "in" than "ski" in Russia. But look at these names.

PilsudSKI, KaczynSKI, KomorowSKI...guess where they all come from.

From here
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niels827 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I've already addressed this.
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CountryParkBalls Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Uh yes. But Poland is extremely old, it has been around even before Russia. And the Polish jews are here since the 10th century !
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niels827 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I really couldn't care less. This is random speculation out of boredom and nothing more.
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CountryParkBalls Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
So your boredom is extremely inspirative :)
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Jvm5 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another simple but brilliant concept. I've heard elsewhere Marsh is Welsh in origin but I didn't bother taking notes. Same for Broflovski being Polish. 
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niels827 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Well, Wales is part of the UK, and much of Poland was formerly part of the Russian Empire, so there we are.
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South-Art Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Interesting thoughts, in the german state where I live is the current president of the parliament called "Kartmann" Wikipedia
But it sounds right that the name has it's orgins in Britain.
Kyle does look a little bit like he is standing in a swamp, ok actual not. :) (Smile) 
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PotatoKenny Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Romanians rule at drinking... just saying, the irish may have the beer, but we have the spirit >:D
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Lolwutburger Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
We do know that the Scots and the Irish love themselves a glass of alcohol.

Makes sense because Kenny's dad is an alcoholic. Makes me think about an episode where Kenny traces his origins to Scotland and gets killed by the Loch Ness Monster, leaving $3.50 in his place.
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The-Wolf-Of-Darkness Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Denmark for the win!! ^-^
That explains a lot about your name
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niels827 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Yep. My dad is straight out of Odense. A wonderful city.
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The-Wolf-Of-Darkness Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure is. I haven't been there though I'm sure it wouldn't take too long to drive from Jylland.
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niels827 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I'm sure it wouldn't take long to drive from point A to point B anywhere within Denmark. I've gone from Ribe to Copenhagen in under half a day.
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The-Wolf-Of-Darkness Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose not. Denmark is a small country after all.
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niels827 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
But wonderfully small. It really is my favorite place.
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The-Wolf-Of-Darkness Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mine too. Though that's probably because I haven't been anywere else.
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AskRosalynDelmar Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
((I knew some people from Arkansas. It is safe to say that they are the most uneducated group of people I have ever met.
Funny about Bill Clinton, he did visit a little town called Batesville and met one of the people I knew.
Also, very interesting topic, I love the historical, geographic facts you give us.
And are you doing ok?)
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niels827 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Thanks. I'm surviving. I'll know more in the coming days.

I know a couple good people from Arkansas. But they left it. There's good people still trapped there.

My great grandfather was from the Little Rock area. He was an engineer, and like the rest of my family, was not religious. So much for stereotypes.
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AskRosalynDelmar Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
((Really good to hear! Hoping for the better.
Yeah, there's some good people there. Just the ones I knew make me wonder about their educational system.
Really? Interesting. And stereotypes can be bizarre sometimes, but not always.))
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Giggles325 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
cool, i love it
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MAGANNEAL Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
LOVE IT GREAT WORK :D
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kittycat333333 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My heritage isn't easy AT ALL. According to my many family members, I'm German, Irish, Italian, Polish, French, English, and Swedish. And yes, these are family members I'm closely related to. I remember that at a family reunion, my grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts tried to explain it to me, my siblings and my cousins, and we were SO confused! After an hour, they gave up. Yeah, I'm not looking forward to having to explain my heritage to my children! (if I ever have any)
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niels827 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
White people problems.
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kittycat333333 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep
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Dark-Divergent Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
I think I'm Scottish too because McClaine sounds Irish, doesn't it?
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niels827 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Scottish or Anglicized Irish.
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Dark-Divergent Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Thanks, but I really am sorry about your friend
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