Is there a difference between a Gypsy and a Traveller?

In the UK, it is common in data collections to differentiate between: Gypsies (including English Gypsies, Scottish Gypsies or Travellers, Welsh Gypsies and other Romany people) Irish Travellers (who have specific Irish roots) Roma, understood to be more recent migrants from Central and Eastern Europe.

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Do Travellers call themselves Gypsy?

Councils have a responsibility to identify land for Travellers to live and stop in their area, but the vast majority fail to do this. Irish Travellers usually refer to themselves as Travellers, Pavee or Mincéirs. There are believed to be 300,000 or more Gypsy and Traveller people currently living in the UK.

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What makes someone a Traveller?

A 'traveller' is any other person who just goes on a journey from one place to another. Traveller people call other people 'settled'. Gypsy/Traveller or Scottish Traveller people are one of the four main groups that make up Scotland's Travelling communities.

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What classifies you as a Gypsy?

A Gypsy is a member of a race of people who travel from place to place, usually in caravans, rather than living in one place. Some Gypsies object to this name, and prefer to be called Romany. I'm proud of being brought up by Gypsies.

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Do Gypsy Travellers divorce?

Accept that the woman may return to her community – she may feel she has little or no choice. The Gypsy and Traveller community firmly believe that “marriage is for life” and divorce is rare.

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Do Irish Travellers marry their cousins?

Consanguineous marriage is common among Irish Travellers. According to Judith Okely's work on Travellers in Britain in the 1970s, "there is no large time span between puberty and marriage", and the typical marriage age was 16–17 for females and 18–19 for males.

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Why do Irish Travellers look different?

Genetic analysis has shown Travellers to be of Irish extraction, and that they likely diverged from the settled Irish population in the 1600s, probably during the time of the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. Centuries of cultural isolation have led Travellers to become genetically distinct from the settled Irish.

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Who are the famous Gypsy Travellers?

Explore famous Gypsy Roma Travellers as role models e.g. Elvis Presley, Charlie Chaplin, Bob Hoskins, David Essex OBE, Keith Duffy, Shayne Ward, Cher Lloyd, Michael Caine, Joaquín Cortés, Lívia Járóka, José Antonio Reyes, Harri Stojka, Ceija Stojka, Iva Bittová, Pablo Picasso.

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Is a Traveller a gypsy?

What celebrities are gypsy?

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  • Béla Babai – musician.
  • Elek Bacsik – Hungarian-American jazz guitarist and violinist.
  • Stiv Bators – punk rock vocalist.
  • Gratiela Brancusi – Romanian-born American actress.
  • Darren E. …
  • Charles Chaplin Jr. – …
  • Cher – singer.
  • Michael Costello – fashion designer who made dresses for various celebrities.
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What religion do Gypsies follow?

Romani groups tend to adopt the religion which is dominant in their countries of residence. In the Euro- pean context this means that they are either Christian or Muslim. Even though they often do not follow all religious rituals and practices, faith in God remains an important part of their life.

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Do Travellers marry their cousins?

Consanguinity, or the marriage of first or second cousins, is quite common among Travellers because they have traditionally married within their own 31,000- strong community.

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Why are Travellers so clean?

Their homes are usually pristine and they take great pride in their belongings. This is part of their culture and customs. Many Travellers' outside space, particularly travelling Travellers, is also their work place and so it can look messy and unkempt.

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What religion do Irish Travellers follow?

Religion. Irish travellers are usually catholic and a large proportion of Irish Travellers would Identify as Christian or Catholic. Other Travellers if they are religious will usually share the religion of the area they live. There is no set Traveller religion, and Travellers have a variety of spiritual beliefs.

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Are Irish Travellers called gypsies?

Irish Travellers are sometimes mistakenly called gypsies. They have no genetic relation with the Roma people. In Ireland Travellers were also commonly known as tinkers, derived from the sound their tools made hitting metal when many Travellers worked as tinsmiths.

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What is the American word for Travellers?

Traveler and traveller are both English terms. Traveler is predominantly used in American (US) English ( en-US ) while traveller is predominantly used in British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) ( en-GB ).

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Where do Irish Travellers live in the US?

Murphy VillageThe Georgia Travellers' camp is made up of about eight hundred families, the Mississippi Travellers, about three hundred families, and the Texas Travellers, under fifty families." The largest and most affluent population of about 2,500 lives in Murphy Village, outside of the town of North Augusta, South Carolina.

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What are the most common Irish Traveller surnames?

They used to live mostly in caravans or mobile homes in which they travelled all over the country or into England. They have Irish surnames – Ward, Connors, Carty, O'Brien, Cash, Coffey, Furey, MacDonagh, Mohan.

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