Brazilian Culture

Naming

  • Common given names are after older relatives (such as a great-grandparent) or after Catholic saints.
  • Brazil has adopted Portuguese naming patterns, meaning that it is typical for people to trace their ancestry back through both their maternal and paternal lines. This is reflected in their name, as they usually have two surnames; the mother’s paternal and father’s paternal surname (e.g. Luiz João PAZOS SILVA). 
  • Maternal family names are always placed before paternal family names.
  • When a female marries a male, she will usually add her husband’s surname as a replacement to her mother’s family name.
  • Family names may be written separately or joined by the conjunction ‘e’ (‘and’). For example, Joana Filipa SANTOS CUNHA or Joana Filipa SANTOS E CUNHA.
  • It is common to find Portuguese family names ending in -ES (e.g. LOPES), while many personal names usually end in -z (e.g. Luiz).
  • Brazilians often use ‘apelidos’ (‘nicknames’) to address one another. However, apelidos are mostly used among family and friends. Brazilians will create nicknames for most people, with some nicknames being short forms of first names, or based on an easily noticeable personal characteristic.
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Brazil
  • Population
    205,823,665
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Portuguese (official)
    Note: Less common languages include Spanish (border areas and schools), German, Italian, Japanese, English and a large number of minor Amerindian languages
  • Religions
    Roman Catholic Christianity (65.0%)
    Protestant Christianity (22.2%)
    Other Christianity (0.7%)
    Spiritist (2.2%)
    Other (1.4%)
    No Religion (8.0%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    White (47.7%)
    Mulatto (43.1%)
    Black (7.6%)
    Asian (1.1%)
    Indigenous (0.4%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    69
    38
    49
    76
    44
    59
  • Australians with Brazilian Ancestry
    21,354 [2016 census]
Brazilians in Australia
  • Population
    27,630
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Brazil.
  • Average Age
    32
  • Gender
    Male (46.6%)
    Female (53.4%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (57.1%)
    Baptist Christianity (3.1%)
    Christianity [nfd] (3.0%)
    No Religion (16.4%)
    Not Stated (2.8%)
  • Ancestry
    Brazilian (58.8%)
    Italian (20.0%)
    Portuguese (15.1%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Portuguese (78.6%)
    English (16.1%)
    Spanish (1.4%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 90.0% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (44.8%)
    Queensland (23.6%)
    Victoria (13.9%)
    Western Australia (12.0%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (24.1%)
    2001-2006 (25.6%)
    2007-2011 (45.7%)
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