English Background

English was first brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century in the form of Old English. Since then, it has gone through stages of Middle English and Early Modern English and gradually has become the first global lingua franca, international language of communications, science, information technology, business, aviation, and others. It is currently spoken by over 1 billion people, 360 million of which being native speakers. It is one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations and is officially spoken in 54 countries throughout the world, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, etc. With many dialects and varieties, this is the language of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Shakespeare’s plays, The Beatles and Elton John, Isaac Newton and David Beckham, as well as the world’s most powerful queen, Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Realms, Elizabeth II. As a part of Indo-European language family, English is a Germanic language and uses Latin script. Parents all over the world choose English baby names every day for their royal ancestry, profound etymology, linguistic versatility, and melodic pronunciation.