Vietnamese Culture

Naming

  • In Vietnam, the surname comes before the first name (e.g. NGUYEN Van Nam). However, some Vietnamese will write their personal name first (e.g. Van Nam NGUYEN).
  • People are addressed by their first name, but a title is usually added that indicates the status relationship the person has to the one they are talking to. These titles usually have familial connotations, such as ‘uncle’, ‘aunt’ instead of professional meanings.
  • Vietnamese first names are often gender neutral and can be used for both men and women. They may also reflect a certain meaning.
  • Many Vietnamese living in Australia adopt Western names.
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