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Originally used as a nickname for Dutch speaking Americans, the term refers to the Dutch surname "Janneke," which translates to "Johnny" or "Little John." Changed via its English pronunciation, it became "Yankee." Soon, it was used as a nickname for non-Dutch colonists settling into previously Dutch speaking areas such as New England.

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because they were rebels

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Billy Yank blue belly

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