Samoan Culture

Naming

  • Typically, first names come before last names. For example, Teuila AUTUFUGA.
  • If someone holds a title, that name will come before their given name.
  • Samoans often name their children after their relatives, such as aunts, uncles or grandparents.
  • Some Samoans have biblical names or names with a religious meaning along with traditional Samoan names. Other names may represent characteristics or animals.
  • If someone has the title of Matai, this name will precede their given first name.
  • Some people may hold a number of different Matai names from different branches of their genealogy.
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Samoa
  • Population
    198,926
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Samoan (official)
    English
  • Religion
    Protestant Christianity (57.4%)
    Roman Catholic Christianity (19.4%)
    Mormonism (15.2%)
    Worship Centre (1.7%)
    Other Christianity (5.5%)
    Other Religion (0.7%)
    No Religion (0.1%)
    Unspecified (0.1%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Ethnicity
    Samoan (92.6%)
    Euronesians (persons with European and Polynesian heritage) (7.0%)
    Europeans (0.4%)
    [Census, 2001]
  • Australians with Samoan Ancestry
    75,755 [Census, 2016]
Samoans in Australia
  • Population
    24,017
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Samoa.
  • Median Age
    45
    [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (49.5%)
    Female (50.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (21.4%)
    Christian [not defined] (16.4%)
    Church of the Latter-Day Saints (13.6%)
    Pentecostal Christianity (8.3%)
    Other Religion (29.9%)
    No Religion (4.7%)
    Not Stated (5.1%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Samoan (67.4%)
    German (6.9%)
    English (6.4%)
    Chinese (4.8%)
    Other Ancestry (14.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Samoan (84.9%)
    English (13.0%)
    Tokelauan (0.1%)
    Other (0.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 86.9% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (37.6%)
    Queensland (32.5%)
    Victoria (25.8%)
    Western Australia (2.2%)
    Other (1.6%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (57.5%)
    2007 - 2011 (15.2%)
    2012 - 2016 (22.6%)
    [Census, 2016]
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