German Culture

Naming

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  • Germany uses similar naming conventions to Anglo-Australians. Most Germans have two personal names (one that is a first name and one as a middle name) and a family name (e.g. Maria Anna SCHAFER).
  • Surnames are passed down to subsequent generations through the father’s lineage.
  • Women often adopt their husband’s surname in marriage but sometimes choose to keep their maiden name.
  • The most common surnames include MÜLLER, SCHMIDT, SCHMITZ, SCHNEIDER, FISCHER, WEBER, MEYER, MAYER, MEIER and WAGNER.
  • German first and middle names are generally gender-specific and left to the parents’ personal choice. Traditionally, children were named after grandparents, but this practice is fading.
  • The most common and traditional German names are biblical, such as Johann/Hans (John), Georg/Jörg (George), Jakob (Jacob), Anna, Maria and Christina. Other popular names have Germanic origins, such as Friedrich and Ludwig.
  • Germans have recently begun choosing more English and international names. For example, of those born in 2015, the following six names were most popular: Mia, Emma and Hannah for girls; Ben, Jonas and Leon for boys.
Germany
  • Population
    80,594,017
    [July 2017 est.]
  • Languages
    Deutsch (German) [official]
  • Religions
    No Religion (33.0%)
    Roman Catholic Christianity (31.2%)
    Evangelical/Protestant Christianity (30.8%)
    Orthodox Christianity (1.3%)
    Other (3.7%)
    [2011 census]
  • Ethnicities
    German (81.3%)
    Turkish (3.4%)
    Polish (2.3%)
    Arab (1.8%)
    Russian (1.5%)
    Other (9.7%)
    [Federal Statistical Office, 2017]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 35
    Individualism 67
    Masculinity 66
    Uncertainty Avoidance 65
    Long Term Orientation 83
    Indulgence 40
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  • Australians with German Ancestry
    982,226 [2016 census]
Germans in Australia
  • Population
    102,595
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Germany.
  • Average Age
    62
  • Gender
    Males (48.5%)
    Females (52.5%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (28.2%)
    Lutheran Christianity (24.3%)
    No Religion (23.2%)
    Other (18.8%)
  • Ancestry
    German (70.9%)
    Polish (6.9%)
    English (4.2%)
    Ukrainian (2.3%)
    Other (15.7%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (52.7%)
    German (39.8%)
    Polish (1.6%)
    Other (4.9%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 95.7% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (28.8%)
    Victoria (25.9%)
    Queensland (19.5%)
    South Australia (10.6%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (80.6%)
    2001-2006 (7.1%)
    2007-2011 (8.5%)
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