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Nguyen dynasty - The most Vietnamese surnames

Vietnamese surnames? Have you ever thought that many friends around you have the family name of Nguyen ( Nguyễn) or in short, Ng, at school, company, hospital, and politic… The surname Nguyen is the most common surname in Vietnam. It is estimated that up to 36 million Vietnamese have I, which means the possibility that of every 10 people you meet in Vietnam they will have nearly 4 people with the surname Nguyen. In addition, in the Vietnamese communities of Australia, France, the US, etc there are also many people with the surname Nguyen, Tran, Phạm, Lê …
And now, this is list of top 5 popular surnames in Vietnam


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1 . Nguyễn - The most popular Vietnamese surnames around the world

According to some studies, Nguyen it is the surname for about 38.4% of Vietnamese population. Besides Vietnam, this family name is also popular in places where Vietnamese people settle. In Australia, this surname is 7th most common of non-British origin. In France, this surname is 54th most common. In the United States, Nguyen is ranked 57th is the most common pure Asian descent. In Norway, Nguyen is ranked 73rd and in the Czech Republic it leads the list of foreigners.
In our history, there have been many cases and events that caused other people to change their surname: Ly was forced to change Nguyen; The Mac dynasty declined, but the descendants had to change to Nguyen; under the Nguyen Dynasty, those who had meritous achievements would be given this royal surname.

People with Vietnamese surnames that you may know:

Luke Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian chef and restaurateur, best known as the host of the television series, Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam and Luke Nguyen’s France. The former is a food documentary in which he travels through Vietnam with his sous-chef son Bryan Nguyen, cooking in the ad hoc manner of the street vendors in the country, usually preparing dishes on the pavements of Vietnam , and the latter is an exploration of the French influence on Vietnamese cuisine.
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2 . Trần – The second popular Vietnamese surnames in Vietnam & common in Asian countries

Tran (chen) is a surname in Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and several other countries. It is also the name of one dynasty of Vietnamese history and another dynasty in China. According to the extraction, Tran is also called the metaphor of “the fighting spirit of the Tran army and people”. This comes from when the Tran Dynasty in Vietnam won the three resistance wars against the Mongol invasion. The ancestors of the Tran dynasty originated from the Man clan of Bach Viet, Fujian province, China. They migrated from Fujian to Vietnam around 1110.

People with Vietnamese surnames that you may know:

Trần Anh Hùng: French-Vietnamese director has been at the forefront of the welcomed wave of Vietnamese cinema in the past two decades. His films have received international acclaim and national acclaim, and his first three characteristics are various reflections on life in his home country of Vietnam.
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3 . Lê – (aka Li, Lai) in the 3rd popular Vietnamese surnames

Le is a Romanization of several rare East Asian surnames and a common Vietnamese surname. This is a fairly common surname in the United States, ranked 975 in 1990 and 368 in 2000. This is the eighth most common surname in the Asian and Pacific population of the United States, mostly Vietnamese use. It was also reported among the top 200 surnames in Ontario, Canada, based on that province’s Registered Database of Canadian health card recipients in 2000.

People with Vietnamese surnames that you may know:

Cung Le is a Vietnamese-American actor, mixed martial artist, Sanshou boxer and kick boxer. He competed as a center-back in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

4. Pham: the 4th populae Vietnamese surnames and also in China

Pham is a family-name of people from the East Asian Culture Region, popular in Vietnam and China. The Pham in Vietnam may have two main origins: the Vietnamese ethnic community in Van Lang’s Bách Việt and the southern Chinese provinces that migrated to and Vietnamized. There is also the Phạm from other lineages changed to such as the Mạc dynasty.

People with Vietnamese surnames that you may know:

Phạm Nhật Vượng is a Vietnamese property developer and Vietnam’s first billionaire. Vượng’s first projects in Vietnam were Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang and Vincom City Towers in central Hanoi (2007). Vincom Landmark 81 in Hochiminh city is his latest one (2018).

Hoang or Huynh - the 5th popular surnames

Hoang or Huynh are a surname in Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and North Korea. The surname Huang in Chinese can transcribe Latin into Huang, Wong, Vong, Bong, Ng, Uy, Wee, Oi, Oei or Ooi, Ong, Hwang, or Ung according to the regional dialect. There are 4.3 million Vietnamese who have the surname Hoang.

People with Vietnamese surnames that you may know:

Huỳnh Công Út, known professionally as Nick Ut is a Vietnamese American photographer for the Associated Press (AP) who works out of Los Angeles. He won both the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and the 1973 World Press Photo of the Year for “The Terror of War”. His best-known photo, it features a naked 9-year-old girl, Phan Thị Kim Phúc, running toward the camera from a South Vietnamese napalm strike that mistakenly hit Trảng Bàng village instead of nearby North Vietnamese troops.

Overall about Vietnamese surnames

There are plenty of Vietnamese surnames such as : Vo, Do, Phan, Trinh,… Sagomeko will have another topic about them later. Before or after visiting Vietnam, tell your Vietnamese’friends. They would share you all useful information.

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