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.]
  • Languages
    Arabic [official]
  • Religions
    Islam [predominantly Sunni] (90.0%)
    Coptic Orthodox Christianity (9.0%)
    Other Christianity (1.0%)
    [2015 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Egyptian (99.6%)
    Other (0.4%)
    [2006 census]
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Egyptian Ancestry
    50,517 [2016 census]
Egyptians in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Egypt.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (52.0%)
    Female (48.0%)
  • Religion
    Oriental Orthodox Christianity (36.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (21.9%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (14.8%)
    Islam (12.9%)
    Other (14.3%)
  • Ancestry
    Egyptian (47.1%)
    Greek (13.6%)
    Italian (6.6%)
    Maltese (4.4%)
    Other (28.3%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Arabic (56.0%)
    English (20.3%)
    Greek (10.3%)
    Italian (6.8%)
    Other (6.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 88.7% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (50.4%)
    Victoria (34.2%)
    Queensland (5.7%)
    Western Australia (5.1%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (75.9%)
    2001-2006 (10.1%)
    2007-2011 (10.3%)
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