Meru County is the home of the Ameru (Meru) ethnicity, which is sometimes described as being related to other ethnicities living around the Mount Kenya region: the Kikuyu, Embu people and to some extent the Kamba people. The Ameru generally fit into the "Bantu" group of people who have been native to the Mt. Kenya area for many, many years — well before colonization of Kenya by Great Britain in the 19th Century. The people of Meru Central District are now predominantly Christian — Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and other denominations, reflecting the work of missionaries — with also minorities of Indian descent, who are mainly Hindus, and African/Arab descent, who are Muslims. Meru County also has some resident Europeans predominantly British in ancestry.