This is a subject that I have covered several times before, but I propose to look at some new ideas on this, and hope not to bore you with repeating too much of what I have said in previous posts. It is a subject that needs to be studied because not only are many of the English Folk not aware of their origins and roots, but peoples of other European Nations are sometimes not aware of the Germanic origins of the English, since historians have done such a good 'hatchet-job' of trying to destroy our past history through distortions and lies.
One of the ways that English History was distorted was through the 'Legend of King Arthur', where this so-called 'Celtic King' has been raised above any of the famous Germanic Chieftains, such as Hengest and Horse, who came here in the so-called 'Anglo-Saxon Invasion'. In fact, one of the main historians of the time, Gildas the Monk, does not even mention a 'King Arthur'; it seems that the fame of this man was concocted by the later Geoffrey of Monmouth in order to serve the Norman cause over the English. What was probably no more than a local Celtic Chieftain was turned into an 'emperor', event though no records exist of this around Europe. The 'Once and Future King' is an Archetypal Myth centred around the Constellation of Bootes and the star Arcturus - this is the real "King Arctur'.
It was the ninth century Welsh scholar Nennius who first mentioned this figure, and even then he states that this was from the observation of an earlier Welsh Poet that 'a certain warrior, though brave, was not Arthur'. That is not to say a 'King Arthur' never existed, but that the figure was distorted at certain times of history in order to further some agenda. The true origins of 'King Arthur' lie in the Archetypal Myth of King Arctur which is associated with Bootes, which itself is associated with Ingwe.
Procopius of Caesarea wrote a piece about Britain in the 6th Century CE; in this he held that three distinct peoples occupied Britain - Angles, Frisians and Britons. These races, he stated, were so fertile that they regularly sent large numbers of men, women and children over to the Franks, who planted them in the emptier parts of Frankish territory. He also wrote of the migration of Britons over to Armorica (Brittany). There is also a tale, backed up by the writings of a monk of Fulda (Germany) a little before 865 CE, and regarded as an 'ancient tale' asserting that the German Saxons sprang from the Angli of Britain through a migration out of Britain in earlier times. The name of a canton, Engilin, between the Unstrut and the Saale suggests an early settlement of Angles in the area. Since the Old Saxon Tongue is somewhat different than Old English and Frisian, this also suggests a much earlier migration from Britain to Germany. credit the Saxons in later times here in England.
Some historians thus see this migration of Anglo-Saxons as proving that their invasion was halted at this time, even though we find the statements of the migration of the Britons to Armorica. This suggestion does not have to be the only explanation, especially if we consider that the English Tribes were here long before these 'invasions' and that these merely helped to throw of the Romano-British Christian yoke and return the Germanic Tribes already here to their Heathen Gods. Like the later 'Viking' invasions there is a hint here of an underlying destiny of these tribes to counter the growth of the Religion of Evil in these islands.
I am going to look at something that does point to an early existence of ancient Germanic Tribes here in Britain, and this concerns the two earliest Kings of the West Saxons - Cerdic and Cynric. Firstly, the name 'Cerdic' does not seem to have Germanic roots, though 'Cynric' is certainly of a Germanic origin; hence the idea that the name should be 'Cedric'. Certainly, there could have been a sound-change from the original 'Cedric' to 'Cerdic' and I am going to show how this may have happened. This is a rather complex subject, and there are some obstacles to overcome in understanding the truth of the history of these 'Twin Brothers'. They certainly, like Hengest and Horsa, fit perfectly into the Divine Twins Archetype.
However, these same names appear in the history of a Welsh Royal Line, which starts to complicate matters somewhat. They appear as Ceredig and Cynwrg who were from a Welsh Royal Line found in South Wales. There is a clue in this mystery in that the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles state that Cerdic and Cynric were ealdermen, which means that they were not kings of the West Saxons. Some scholars have recently suggested that they were vassals of the Romans here, and thus why they were seen as ealdermen and not 'kings'. If this were so, they have gone on to suggest that these were pre-Roman leaders of a pre-Roman tribe here in Britain. Since it is very, very unlikely that a people of British descent would drop the Roman yoke and fight with the Saxons, then we can safely assume that they were originally a Germanic Tribe akin to the English who came here later. Thus 'Ceredig' could well be a distortion of 'Cedric'. In fact, these two claimed descent from a Cunedda (pronounced 'Cunetha') who was recorded as having an alternative name-spelling of Cunedag, a name which can have Germanic Roots.
If we trace this 'Welsh' royal lineage it goes way back to a time when this tribe lived in the Scottish Lowlands in a place called in the British Tongue -Gododdin (God-oth-in). This area was once occupied by Saxons and Frisians in the Scottish Lowlands, with the Angles to the East of these Germanic Tribes, around the Edinburgh area. At some time in their history they moved down into Gwynedd (North Wales) and then down further into Dyfed (Mid-Wales). They occupied an area called Ceredigion, named after Ceredig, and one of their rulers was named with the prefix Seis which is the Welsh term for 'Saxon'. This may not prove that they had Germanic Roots, but it certainly goes a long way to suggest some truth in this. (*)