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Vietnam Surnames

Surnames (or family names) are hereditary and are often common to all members of a family.

Occupational surnames are derived from an occupation. Examples include Taylor, Smith, and Baker.

Toponymic surnames are derived from a place. Examples include Ayers (a person from Ayers, Scotland) and Bach (German for a person who lives near a stream).

Religious surnames are derived directly or indirectly from religious texts or traditions. Examples include Christian biblical names, Hebrew names from the Torah, and Muslim names from the Quran.

Nickname derived surnames are those based upon appearance, temperament, or personality. An example is the German surname Schwarzkopf (in German, schwarz=black, Kopf= head) meaning a person with dark hair.

Ornamental surnames are those that were adopted or forced upon individuals (and families) under political pressure.

Patronymic surnames are derived from the given name of a male ancestor. An example is the English patronymic surname Peterson, meaning son of Peter.

Female patronymic surnames (also known as female possessive suffix surnames) are a female form of a patronymic surname, most typically a patronymic surname with a feminine suffix added. For example, in Russian, the wife of Mikhail Gorbachev is Raisa Gorbachova, -ev is replaced with ova.

Matronymic surnames are derived from the given name of a female ancestor. An example is the English matronymic surname Tiffany.

Popular Surnames (Family) in Vietnam

Rank Name Translation Meaning Distribution
1 Nguyễn 0
2 Trần 5,588,430
3 Phạm 3,695,750
4 3,411,170
5 Hoang 2,161,170
6 Vũ/Võ 2,020,270
7 Phan 1,634,340
8 Bùi 1,482,710
9 Huỳnh 1,417,330
10 Đặng 1,318,760
11 Truong 1,281,800
12 Ngô 1,180,050
13 Dương 1,075,910
14 Ha 1,071,940
15 Đỗ 1,025,240
16 Dinh 918,720
17 Hồ 871,025
18 Trinh 804,452
19 Doan 717,011
20 Thi 697,933
21 Hong 695,151
22 Dao 665,541
23 Hung 656,797
24 Lam 602,941
25 Cao 545,310
26 Luong 527,027
27 Luu 468,203
28 Thai 462,242
29 Nam 431,439
30 421,502
31 Thanh 420,310
32 Tu 375,994
33 Lan 374,801
34 Mai 367,051
35 Son 364,070
36 Van 362,878
37 Phung 359,300
38 Anh 351,153
39 Chau 328,100
40 Minh 318,164
41 Vuong 316,971
42 Chu 305,048
43 Tan 298,092
44 Nguyn 295,310
45 An 294,515
46 Ta 285,374
47 Ngoc 284,181
48 Tam 267,687
49 Tung 261,129
51 Yen 253,577
52 Phuong 250,795
53 Bao 251,590
53 To 240,064
54 Huu 226,948
55 Thuy 214,428
56 Thu 198,331
57 le Thi 192,766
58 Dong 187,997
59 Quan 185,016
60 Quang 175,079
61 Ngan 166,932
62 Lien 166,137
63 Trang 162,361
64 Quach 155,604
65 Tuan 154,412
66 Lai 153,816
67 Diep 150,835
68 Chung 144,873
69 Linh 144,873
70 Dung 140,898
71 Huong 136,526
72 Tong 131,161
73 Trieu 130,962
74 Duc 129,372
75 Hue 129,173
76 Ng 123,410
77 Trung 122,218
78 Viet 120,429
79 Xuan 119,436
80 Han 118,045
81 Tang 115,859
82 Dam 115,660
83 Bach 115,660
84 Quy 113,871
85 Thao 111,288
86 Hoa 110,890
87 Duy 107,114
88 Ba 107,114
89 Nghiem 105,127
90 Tai 104,332
91 Lu 103,140
92 Đặng 101,550
93 le Van 99,563
94 Hai 99,563
95 Diem 98,967
96 La 97,377
97 Quoc 97,178
98 Dieu 94,793
99 Tien 93,402
100 Giang 92,409
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