Conservative Mennonite groups, who speak Pennsylvania German, Plautdietsch (Low German), or Bernese German fit well into the definition of an ethnic group, while more liberal groups and converts in developing countries do not.
There are about 2.1 million Anabaptists worldwide as of 2015 (including Mennonites, Amish, Mennonite Brethren, Hutterites and many other Anabaptist groups formally part of the Mennonite World Conference).
The largest Amish settlement in Canada is in the Milverton area.
When the Amish first came from Europe to Waterloo Region in 1823, they settled west of Kitchener and then spread from there.
Some Amish migrated to the United States, starting in the early 18th century. Other waves of immigrants became established in New York, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri Ohio, and other states.Simons was consecrated a priest in 1524 and during the next decade sought to reconcile membership in the Roman Catholic church with support for the reform movements occurring around him.The execution of an Anabaptist in Simons’ hometown and his study of the Bible led Simons to accept the Anabaptist teaching of believers’ baptism.The faith group has attempted to preserve the elements of late 17th century European rural culture.They try to avoid many of the features of modern society, by developing practices and behaviors which isolate themselves from American culture.The early teachings of the Mennonites were founded on the belief in both the mission and ministry of Jesus, which the original Anabaptist followers held to with great conviction despite persecution by the various Roman Catholic and Protestant states.Rather than fight, the majority of these followers survived by fleeing to neighboring states where ruling families were tolerant of their radical belief in believer's baptism.The Mennonites trace their origins particularly to the so-called Swiss Brethren, an Anabaptist group that formed near Zürich on January 21, 1525, in the face of imminent persecution for their rejection of the demands of the Zürich Reformer .Because this notion implied religious diversity, the authorities, both ecclesiastical and political, sought to suppress the movement., a Dutch priest who consolidated and institutionalized the work initiated by moderate Anabaptist leaders.Mennonites are found in many countries of the world but are concentrated most heavily in the United States and Canada.