Egyptian Culture


  • The common Egyptian naming convention sees a child given a personal name followed by the given names of their father and grandfather (e.g. Mohamed Ahmed Hussain).
  • The use of a family name is becoming more common (e.g. Kareem El MASRY).
  • Family names frequently begin with ‘El-’ (e.g. EL-SHENAWY).
  • Some family names may be derived from geographical place names and can indicate a family’s origins.
  • Arab Muslims often use names derived from Islam (e.g. Mohamed). Among Arab Christians, Biblical or Western names are common.
  • Arab Egyptians of either religion may have traditional Arab names (e.g. Faris).
  • One tends to carry one’s paternal lineage and the family’s status in their name.
  • Women often do not change their names upon marriage. However, some women may adopt their husband’s family name.
  • In rural parts of Egypt, the title ‘Haram’ in front of a name means ‘wife of’ (e.g. the name Hurma Mustafa Mahamed means ‘wife of Mustafa Mahamed’).
  • In large cities and among the middle to upper classes, the terms ‘Madam’ or ‘Zoggat’ may be used for women as a substitute to the use of ‘Haram’.
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  • Population
    [2016 est.]
  • Language
    Arabic [official]
  • Religion
    Islam [predominantly Sunni] (90.0%)
    Coptic Orthodox Christianity (9.0%)
    Other Christianity (1.0%)
    [2015 est.]
  • Ethnicity
    Egyptian (99.6%)
    Other (0.4%)
    [Census, 2006]
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Egyptian Ancestry
    50,517 [Census, 2016]
Egyptians in Australia
  • Population
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Egypt.
  • Median Age
    [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (51.7%)
    Female (48.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Oriental Orthodox Christianity (38.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (17.9%)
    Islam (15.6%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (10.7%)
    Other Religion (10.9%)
    No Religion (3.6%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Egyptian (54.0%)
    Greek (11.1%)
    Italian (5.6%)
    Maltese (3.7%)
    Other Ancestry (25.6%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Arabic (61.8%)
    English (19.3%)
    Greek (7.6%)
    Italian (4.9%)
    Other Languages (5.6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 88.6% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (49.6%)
    Victoria (33.4%)
    Queensland (6.2%)
    Western Australia (5.6%)
    Other (5.2%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (73.3%)
    2007 - 2011 (10.8%)
    2012 - 2016 (12.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
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