Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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World personal name formats

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This chapter summarises personal name patterns in different countries, where possible. It should be taken as a general guideline and no more - personal name patterns vary within and between countries, ethnic groupings, social groupings and so on. The patterns below show the general patttern for the country concerned. In some cases multiple patterns may be found, and in most cases the exact pattern is more complex than described below.

Given name(s)[ ]Family name(s)

   Ă…land Islands
   Albania
   Andorra
   Anguilla
   Antigua and Barbuda
   Argentina
   Armenia
   Ascension Island
   Australia
   Austria
   Bahamas
   Barbados
   Belgium
   Belize
   Bermuda
   Bolivia
   Bosnia-Hercegovina
   Botswana
   Brazil
   British Virgin Islands
   Canada
   Cape Verde
   Cayman Islands
   Chile
   Colombia
   Costa Rica
   Croatia
   Cuba
   Cyprus
   Czechia / Czech Republic (some)
   Denmark
   Dominica
   Dominican Republic
   Ecuador
   El Salvador
   Estonia
   Falkland Islands
   Finland
   France (generally)
   Gambia
   Georgia
   Germany
   Ghana
   Gibraltar
   Grenada
   Guatemala
   Guernsey
   Guinea
   Guinea-Bissau
   Guyana
   Haiti
   Honduras
   Iran
   India (generally)
   Ireland
   Isle of Man
   Israel
   Italy (generally)
   Jersey
   Kosovo
   Latvia
   Lebanon
   Lesotho
   Liberia
   Liechtenstein
   Lithuania
   Luxembourg
   Malta
   Mexico
   Monaco (generally)
   Montenegro
   Montserrat
   Netherlands
   New Zealand
   Nicaragua
   Nigeria
   Norway
   Pakistan
   Panama
   Papua New Guinea
   Paraguay
   Peru
   Philippines
   Pitcairn Islands
   Poland
   Portugal
   Puerto Rico
   Romania
   Saint Helena
   Singapore (some)
   Slovakia (some)
   Slovenia
   South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
   Spain
   Sri Lanka
   Sweden
   Switzerland
   Thailand
   Tonga
   Trinidad and Tobago
   Turkey
   United Kingdom
   United States of America
   Uruguay
   Venezuela
   Zambia
   Zimbabwe

Family name(s)[ ]Given name(s)

   Algeria
   Benin
   Cambodia
   France (some)
   Hungary
   Italy (some)
   Ivory Coast
   Japan
   Macedonia
   Moldova
   Monaco (some)
   Myanmar (some)
   Serbia

Given name(s)[ ]Patronymic[ ]Family name(s)

   Azerbaijan
   Bulgaria
   Greece
   Kyrgyzstan (some)
   Russia
   Turkmenistan
   Ukraine
   Uzbekistan

Given name(s)[ ]Patronymic

   Iceland

Family name[ ]Generational name[ ]Given name

   China
   Hong Kong
   Macao
   Malaysia (ethnic Chinese)
   North Korea
   Singapore (ethnic Chinese)
   South Korea
   Taiwan

Family name[ ]Patronymic[ ]Given name

   Kyrgyzstan (generally)

(Generally) No family names

   Afghanistan
   Bhutan
   Brunei Darussalam
   Comoros
   Eritrea
   Ethiopia
   Fiji (indigenous)
   India (some)
   Indonesia (generally)
   Iraq
   Laos
   Malaysia (Muslims)
   Mongolia
   Myanmar (generally)
   Singapore (some)
   Somalia

All names used at all times; no distinction between given and family names:

   Djibouti

Every effort is made to keep this resource updated. If you find any errors, or have any questions or requests, please don't hesitate to contact the author.

All information copyright Graham Rhind 2017. Any information used should be acknowledged and referenced.