Cambodian Culture

Naming

  • 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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Cambodia
  • Population
    15,957,223
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Khmer (Official) (96.3%)
    Other (3.7%)
    [2008 est.]
  • Religions
    Buddhism (Official) (96.9%)
    Islam (1.9%)
    Christianity (0.4%)
    Other (0.8%)
    [2008 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Khmer (97.6%)
    Cham (1.2%)
    Chinese (0.1%)
    Vietnamese (0.1)
    Other (0.9%)
    [2013 est.]
  • Australians with Cambodian Ancestry
    45,728 [2016 census]
Cambodians in Australia
  • Population
    33,149
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Cambodia.
  • Average Age
    45
  • Gender
    Male (45.4%)
    Female (54.6%)
  • Religion
    Buddhism (79.5%)
    Catholic Christianity (2.6%)
    Other (7.0%)
    No Religion (7.9%)
    Not Stated (3.1%)
  • Ancestry
    Cambodian (58.5%)
    Chinese (33.2%)
    Vietnamese (1.8%)
    Other (3.0%)
    Not Stated (3.5%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Khmer (68.2%)
    Cantonese (8.4%)
    Min Nan (6.0%)
    English (5.8%)
    Other (11.6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 54.9% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (40.1%)
    New South Wales (39.3%)
    South Australia (9.8%)
    Queensland (5.4%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (72.1%)
    2001-2006 (11.5%)
    2007-2011 (11.8%)
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