Greek Culture

Naming

  • Under Greek naming conventions, people a have a first name, followed by a patronymic name and family name, e.g. Nikos Georgiou KYPIANOS.
  • The patronymic name is derived from the father’s personal name, usually with the suffix ‘-ou’ meaning ‘of’. For example, ‘Georgiou’ means ‘(son) of Georgios’.
  • People may have a second personal name as well as patronymic name that acts as their middle name.
  • Greece enacted a law in 1983 that all women must keep their birth surname at marriage.
  • Family names are often abbreviated. For example, one might have the surname PAPPAS, instead of PAPACHRISTODOULOPOULOS.
  • Many Greeks are named after their grandparents, who are usually named after a Orthodox Christian saint.
  • Many Greeks have names that correspond to a saint. In this case, the “name day” may be celebrated as though it were their birthday. This is the feast day of the saint that they are named after. For common names, there may be multiple days during the year to celebrate a saint, but Greeks usually pick one day to celebrate.
  • Some of the most common religious names are Giannis (St. John), Giorgos (St. George), Kostas (St. Konstantine), Eleni (St. Helen), Maria (Virgin Mary) and Dimitris (St. Dimitrios).
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Greece
  • Population
    10,768,477
    [July 2017 est.]
  • Languages
    Greek (official) (99%)
    Other (1%)
  • Religions
    Greek Orthodox Christianity [official] (98%)
    Islam (1.3%)
    Other (0.7%)
  • Ethnicities
    Greek (93%)
    Other (7%)
    [2001 census]
    Note: Greece does not collect data on the ethnic backgrounds of the population. This data represents citizenship only.
  • Cultural Dimensions
    60
    35
    57
    100
    45
    50
  • Australians with Greek Ancestry
    397,431 [2016 census]
Greeks in Australia
  • Population
    93,743
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Greece.
  • Average Age
    67
  • Gender
    Males (48.8%)
    Females (51.2%)
  • Religion
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (93.4%)
    No Religion (1.7%)
    Jehovah's Witness (0.7%)
    Other (2.7%)
  • Ancestry
    Greek (91.3%)
    Macedonian (3.3%)
    English (0.7%)
    Other (2.2%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Greek (88.0%)
    English (7.4%)
    Macedonian (3.0%)
    Other (1.2%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 63.8% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (50%)
    New South Wales (31.6%)
    South Australia (9.8%)
    Queensland (3.4%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (93.1%)
    2001-2006 (0.8%)
    2007-2011 (1.1%)
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