Etymology. The name of the Angles may have been first recorded in Latinised form, as Anglii, in the Germania of Tacitus. It is thought to derive from the name of the area they originally inhabited, the Anglia Peninsula (Angeln in modern German, Angel in Danish).
The Angles, Saxons and Jutes that came to the British isles during the Anglo-Saxon migrations (5th century CE) were settlers. The Angles were not vikings because they did not get into longboats and go sailing around the coastlines of Europe raiding everything they could find.
The three biggest were the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes. The land they settled in was ‘Angle-land’, or England. If we use the modern names for the countries they came from, the Saxons were German-Dutch, the Angles were southern Danish, and the Jutes were northern Danish.
These 2 main groups were Angles and Saxons. The Angles settled in what we would now call North and East England, where as the Saxons settle around the South of England. The Angles settled in what we would now call North and East England, where as the Saxons settle around the South of England.
Both were Germanic groups who engaged in acts of piracy and conquest in the North-Sea in the Iron Age. The main difference was that the Saxons: Came from the area south of Denmark, while the Vikings came from Denmark, Sweden and Norway (Jutes and Angles, allies of the Saxons came from Denmark though)
Ethnically, the Anglo-Saxons actually represented an admixture of Germanic peoples with Britain’s preexisting Celtic inhabitants and subsequent Viking and Danish invaders. Although Germanic foederati, allies of Roman and post-Roman authorities, had settled in England in the
The Anglo-Saxons had not been well organized as a whole for defense, and William defeated the various revolts against what became known as the Norman Conquest. William of Normandy became King William I of England – while Scotland, Ireland and North Wales remained independent of English kings for generations to come.
So the Romans were there around 1.500 years before there were Vikings. The Viking age lasted four hundred years from 700 to 1100AD, and the Roman era lasted for one to two thousand years from 550BC to 450 and to 1450AD.
England was formed by kings of Wessex, who where were Saxons. /u/BRIStoneman makes the case here that by the time a unified England was formed, the Angles and Saxons had integrated to the point where they no longer distinguished themselves as such.
Historically, Anglo – Saxon studies itself has reinforced superiority of northern European or ‘ Anglo – Saxon ‘ whiteness. Today we see the word misused extensively as a label for white identity despite it being inaccurate.
No, since the tribes which could have considered themselves actually Angles or Saxons have disappeared over the last thousand years or even before, but their descendants still inhabit the British Isles, as well as other English speaking countries, like the US, Canada and New Zealand, and others which have seen
So, no, they are not Vikings. They did give birth to Vikings, however. Well, as a term, ‘ Viking ‘ refers to the period from ~793-1066, so I’d say that’s the main criteria if something could meaningfully be referred to as ‘ Viking ‘ without the term blurring.
Besides this, from the country of the Angles, that is, the land between the kingdoms of the Jutes and the Saxons, which is called Angulus, came the East Angles, the Middle Angles, the Mercians, and all of the Northumbrian people (that is those people who dwell north of the River Humber) as well as the other Anglian
The English language developed from the West Germanic dialects spoken by the Angles, Saxons, and other Teutonic tribes who participated in the invasion and occupation of England in the fifth and sixth centuries. As a language, Anglo-Saxon, or Old English, was very different from modern English.
Vikings were pagans and often raided monasteries looking for gold. Money paid as compensation. The Anglo – Saxons came from The Netherlands (Holland), Denmark and Northern Germany. The Normans were originally Vikings from Scandinavia.