Italian Culture

Naming

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  • Generally Italians follow the naming structure of personal name preceding family name (e.g. Marcie BIANCHI).
  • Traditionally, most Italians had a name that corresponded to a saint. In some regions such as Campania, the name day of that saint is celebrated as if it were one’s birthday.
  • For common names, there might be multiple days during the year to celebrate a saint, but Italians usually only pick one day to celebrate.
  • Some Italian villages, towns and cities are also named after a particular saint and will celebrate the day as a public holiday. Some saints are considered more "important" than others due to the role they play in the Bible, such as s. Pietro (s. Peter), s. Paolo (s. Paul) and s. Giuseppe (s. Joseph).
Italy
  • Population
    61,070,224
    0.84% of World Population
  • Languages
    Italian (official)
    English
    French
    Spanish
    German
    Other regional dialects
  • Religions
    Christianity (80%)
    No Religion (20%)
    Islam (1.67%)
  • Ethnicities
    Italian
    Romanian
    Albanian
    Small groups of German, French, Slovenian, Greek
  • English Proficiency
    Well (54.02%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 50
    Individualism 76
    Masculinity 70
    Uncertainty Avoidance 75
    Long Term Orientation 61
    Indulgence 30
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  • Australians with Italian Ancestry
    916,121
Italians in Australia
  • Population
    185,402
  • Average Age
    68
  • Gender
    Male (51.1%)
    Female (48.9%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (91%)
    No Religion (3.3%)
    Jehovah's Witnesses (0.9%)
    Other (2.6%)
  • Ancestry
    Italian (93.1%)
    English (1.1%)
    Australian (0.7%)
    Other (2.5%)
  • Languages
    Italian (80.8%)
    English (17.8%)
    Spanish (0.2%)
    Other (0.7%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (74.3%)
    Not Well (24.2%)
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (41.5%)
    New South Wales (27.8%)
    South Australia (11.2%)
    Western Australia (10.5%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (89.7%)
    2001-2006 (1.4%)
    2006-2011 (2%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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