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.]
  • Languages
    French (official) (100%)
  • Religions
    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.
  • Ethnicities
    Celtic and Latin
    North African
    Note: France prohibits state authorities from collecting data on individuals' ethnicity
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with French Ancestry
    135,382 [2016 census]
French in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in France.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (50.9%)
    Female (49.1%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (45.0%)
    Judaism (1.9%)
    Other (11.9%)
    No Religion (35.6%)
    Not stated (5.7%)
  • Ancestry
    French (67.2%)
    Italian (5.1%)
    English (3.4%)
    Australian (3.1%)
    Other (21.2%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    French (61.3%)
    English (31.1%)
    Italian (1.9%)
    Other (5.1%)
    Not stated (0.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 94.0% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (36.2%)
    Victoria (22.8%)
    Queensland (20.2%)
    Western Australia (11.3%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (54.4%)
    2001-2006 (13.9%)
    2007-2011 (26.7%)
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