British people, or Britons, are the native inhabitants of the British Isles, of Great Britain, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and some of the British overseas territories.
In a historical context, the word is used to refer to the ancient Britons, the indigenous inhabitants of Great Britain south of the Forth. Contemporary Britons are descended mainly from the varied ethnic stocks that settled there before the 11th century. The pre-Celtic, Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse influences were blended in Britain under the Normans, Scandinavian Vikings who had lived in Northern France.
The British people are today regarded by some as a nation, and by others as a collection of nations - English, Scots and Welsh - who happen to share the island of Great Britain. British people make up approximately just over 2% of the planet's population.