French Culture


  • Most French names have versions in other languages. For example, the name ‘Guillaume’ translates into English as ‘William’.
  • Many traditional French names are gender-specific, meaning that masculine names can be made feminine and vice versa by adding or omitting a few letters. For example, the masculine name ‘Jean’ in its feminine form is ‘Jeanne’.
  • Hyphenated names are quite popular. The names are usually combined from two names of the same gender (e.g. ‘Jean-Marc)’. Hyphenated names are considered to be a single unit rather than two separate names.
  • Traditionally, many French names were based on saints from Roman Catholicism. It is common to find members of older generations with names relating to saints (e.g. ‘Pierre’ for Saint Peter).
  • Women cannot legally change their surname after marriage, but both men and women can accept the other’s surname for social and colloquial purposes.
  • Children usually adopt their father’s surname. They may, however, adopt their mother’s surname or both parents’, depending on what the parents agree on.
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  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    French (official) (100%)
  • Religion
    Christianity (63-66%)
    Islam (7-9%)
    Buddhism (0.5-0.75%)
    Judaism (0.5-0.75%)
    Other (0.5-1.0%)
    No Religion (23-28%)
    [2015 est.]
    Note: France prohibits state authorities from collecting data on individuals' religious beliefs.
  • Ethnicity
    Celtic and Latin
    North African
    Note: France prohibits state authorities from collecting data on individuals' ethnicity
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with French Ancestry
    135,382 [Census, 2016]
French in Australia
  • Population
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in France.
  • Median Age
    [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (51.4%)
    Female (48.7%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    No Religion (46.9%)
    Catholic Christianity (36.0%)
    Judaism (1.3%)
    Buddhism (1.2%%)
    Other Religion (7.7%)
    Not Stated (6.4%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    French (63.7%)
    Italian (6.3%)
    English (3.3%)
    Spanish (3.2%)
    Other Ancestry (23.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    French (65.6%)
    English (28.0%)
    Italian (1.2%)
    Other Languages (4.5%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 95.5% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (37.1%)
    Victoria (23.0%)
    Queensland (18.8%)
    Western Australia (12.3%)
    Other (8.8%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (50.3%)
    2007 - 2011 (17.0%)
    2012 - 2016 (28.8%)
    [Census, 2016]
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