Cambodian Culture


  • Many Cambodians do not have a family name. Rather, the first name of their mother or father will be used as their surname. However, some Cambodians now follow Western naming conventions by adopting a surname.
  • Married women generally retain their maiden names. Some women may add their husband’s name to their own name while others may not. In contemporary marriages, married women will tend to adopt their husband’s surname.
  • Cambodian names are traditionally written with the surname first, followed by the given name (e.g. SOTH Sophep).
  • In Australia, some Cambodians have changed the order of their names by placing their surnames last in order to adopt the Australian style of naming (e.g. Sophep SOTH).

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