German Culture

Naming

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  • German naming conventions are similar to Australian ones, as most Germans have a first (given) name that’s followed by a middle name and a surname (family name) (e.g. Dominic WEBER).
  • Surnames are passed down to generations through the father’s lineage. Women often adopt their husband’s surname in marriage but sometimes chose to keep their maiden name. The most common surnames include Müller, Schmidt, Schneider, Fischer, Weber, Meyer and Wagner.
  • German first and middle names are generally gender specific and left to the parents’ personal choice.
  • The most common and traditional German names are biblical, such as Johann/Hans (John), Georg/Jörg (George), Jakob (Jacob), Anna, Maria and Christina. Other popular names have Germanic origins, such as Friedrich and Ludwig. However, Germans have recently begun choosing more English and international names. For example, of those born in 2015, the following six names were most popular: Mia, Emma and Hannah for girls, Ben, Jonas and Leon for boys.
Germany
  • Population
    80,722,792
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    German (official)
  • Religions
    Catholic Christianity (29%)
    Protestant Christianity (27%)
    Islam (4.4%)
    Orthodox Christian (1.9%)
    Other (1.7%)
    None or members of unrecorded religious group (36%)
    [2015 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    German (91.5%)
    Turkish (2.4%)
    Other (6.1%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (61.83%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 35
    Individualism 67
    Masculinity 66
    Uncertainty Avoidance 65
    Long Term Orientation 83
    Indulgence 40
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  • Australians with German Ancestry
    982,226 [2016 census]
Germans in Australia
  • Population
    102,595
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Germany.
  • Average Age
    62
  • Gender
    Males (48.5%)
    Females (52.5%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (28.2%)
    Lutheran Christianity (24.3%)
    No Religion (23.2%)
    Other (18.8%)
  • Ancestry
    German (70.9%)
    Polish (6.9%)
    English (4.2%)
    Ukrainian (2.3%)
    Other (15.7%)
  • Languages
    English (52.7%)
    German (39.8%)
    Polish (1.6%)
    Other (4.9%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (95.7%)
    Not Well (2.6%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (28.8%)
    Victoria (25.9%)
    Queensland (19.5%)
    South Australia (10.6%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (80.6%)
    2001-2006 (7.1%)
    2007-2011 (8.5%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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