Irish Culture

Naming

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  • Irish naming conventions are similar to Australian naming conventions. Most people have a first (given) name followed by a middle name and surname (family name) (e.g. Michael O’MALLEY).
  • Surnames are often patronymic (e.g. MacDonald meaning “son of Donald”), but these are no longer literal and are simply passed down through generations via the father’s lineage.
  • Irish first names are commonly anglicised, with a minority opting for traditional Irish names.
  • The middle name is usually left to the parent’s personal choice or is sometimes omitted.
Ireland
  • Population
    4,677,340
    0.06% of World Population
  • Languages
    English (official) 100%
    Gaelic (official) 38.7%
  • Religions
    Catholic Christianity (84.7%)
    No Religion (5.7%)
    Church of Ireland (2.7%)
    Christianity [ndf] (2.7%)
    Islam (1.1%)
    Other (1.7%)
  • Ethnicities
    Irish (86.9%)
    English (2.5%)
    Other European (6.8%)
    Asian (1.5)
    Other (2.3%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 28
    Individualism 70
    Masculinity 68
    Uncertainty Avoidance 35
    Long Term Orientation 24
    Indulgence 65
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  • Australians with Irish Ancestry
    2,087,758
Irish in Australia
  • Population
    74,888
    [2016 census]
  • Average Age
    43
  • Gender
    Male (53.8%)
    Female (46.2%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (75.4%)
    No Religion (11.4%)
    Anglican Christianity (3.8%)
    Other (6.6%)
  • Ancestry
    Irish (89.9%)
    English (4.2%)
    Australian (1.5%)
    Other (3.3%)
  • Languages
    English (95.1%)
    Irish (2.3%)
    Gaelic (0.5%)
    Other (1.2%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (83.6)%)
    Not Well (5.1%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (32.6%)
    Victoria (21.7%)
    Western Australia (21.2%)
    Queensland (16.2%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (58.4%)
    2001-2006 (10.5%)
    2007-2011 (27%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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