- Most people use Arabic naming conventions in Syria. This formatted as: [personal name] [father’s personal name] [grandfather’s personal name]. For example, Youssef Khalil Hamed (male), Fadwa Khalil Hamed (female). It is important to understand that this naming convention does not involve the use of a surname.
- Sometimes people may use their family’s name instead of their grandfather’s personal name: [personal name] [father’s personal name] [FAMILY NAME]. For example, Youssef Khalil AL-NOURY.
- One’s family name is often linked to a person’s heritage and may indicate their region of origin or . However, some are chosen for their meaning. For example, the President’s family changed their name to “Al-Assad” which means “the Lion”. Family names frequently begin with ‘Al-‘ or ‘El-’.
- Traditionally, Arab Muslim women do not alter their name upon marriage, although some women may adopt their husband’s family name.
- The English spelling of Arabic names can vary depending on whether one uses contractions. For example, Saladdin could also be spelt Sal-ad-Din or Sal-Addin.
- Many Syrian Muslims use names derived from Islam (e.g. Muhammad). Syrian Christians may use biblical names, such as Mariam (Mary) or Ittack (Isaac).
- Some Syrian’s personal names are compounded words. It is common for a name to begin with ‘Abd’, ‘Abd al’ or ‘Abdul’ (meaning ‘servant of’) followed by one of the names of God. For example, ‘Abdul-Aziz’.
- Parents are commonly referred to as the “mother” (Umma) or “father” (Abu) of their child by their community. For example, President Hafez al-Assad was sometimes referred to as “Abu Bassel”, after his son Bassel al-Assad died.
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Syrian Arab Republic
Population17,185,170[July 2016 est.]
ReligionsSunni Islam (74%)Shi'a Islam (13%)Christianity (10%)Druze (3%)Judaism (>1%)
EthnicitiesArab (90.3%)Kurdish, Armenian, Assyrian and other (9.7%)
Power Distance 80 Individualism 35 Masculinity 52 Uncertainty Avoidance 60 Long Term Orientation 30 Indulgence N.A. What's this?
Australians with Syrian Ancestry19,963 [2016 census]
Syrians in Australia
Population15,321[2016 census]This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Syria.
GenderMale (48.2%)Female (51.8%)
ReligionIslam (35.2%)Catholic Christianity (18.3%)Eastern Orthodox Christianity (13.9%)Oriental Orthodox Christianity (10.5)No Religion (3.1%)Other (22.2%)
AncestrySyrian (48.2%)Armenian (9.8%)Assyrian (9.8%)Arab (9.7%)Other (22.5%)
Language Spoken at HomeArabic (71%)Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (10.7%)Armenian (8.5%)English (5.5%)Other (4.3%)Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 72.9% speak English fluently.
DiasporaNew South Wales (61.4%)Victoria (27%)Queensland (3.8%)Western Australia (3.4%)
Arrival to AustraliaPrior to 2001 (70.1%)2001-2006 (13%)2007-2011 (12.2%)
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