Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy (26 November 2017, 8 Kislev, 5778)
Do red haired people come from Irish descent?
About 10% of the Irish have red hair. The percentage is slightly higher in the northwest. A similar percentage of the Scottish also have red hair especially in the north. The focus of red hair seems to be in regions most associated by DNA with Nial, first High King of Ireland. There are Irish people who claim that red hair shows Viking origins. Not so. Red hair in Norway can also be traced to descent from Nial who conquered part of their country. The Irish and Scottish examples are the highest known percentages apart from the Buryats who are a mixed Mongolian-White people. The Jews in southeast Europe (Galicia) before World War-2 also had a higher percentage of red heads. Red hair (in small percentages) is found all over the world. Esau the twin brother of Jacob (Israel) was known as an "Edmoni" meaning red-head.
Genesis [NKJV] 25:
25 And the first came out red [Hebrew: "edmoni"]. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau.
The same applies to King David.
1-Samuel [NKJV] 16:
12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy [Hebrew: "edmoni"], with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!Â 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
1-Samuel [NKJV] 17:
42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy [Hebrew: "edmoni"] and good-looking.
Perhaps some of the Irish and Scottish came from King David? Is that why they have red hair? In 1581 Vincenzio Galilei (father of the astronomer, Galileo Galilei) wrote that the Irish believed themselves descended from David, King of Israel, and that was why they used a harp as their symbol.