The publisher of WhitePages in Australia, Sensis, has noted the increasing popularity of non-Anglo surnames in the most populous state of Australia, New South Wales. And, the change is big.
Apparently the Nguyens (pronounced Win or Wynne) are making good ground on the Joneses.
Typical Aussie names like Smith, Jones and Brown are still leaders but Asian names including Lee, Nguyen, Chen, Kim, Wang, Zhang and Li have actually made the list of popular last names.
The top 20 list was collated using the most recent data from White Pages and Yellow Pages reveals a mixture of traditional Anglo-Saxon and multicultural names.
Highlighting our state’s changing cultural diversity, the top 20 list, which was collated using the most recent data from the Sensis White Pages and Yellow Pages telephone directories, shows a mixture of traditional Anglo-Saxon and multicultural names. This highlights the fact that Australia is no longer a white Anglo colony in the middle of the South Pacific.
There are those who might say that New South Wales is only one of 6 states and 2 territories that complete mainland Australia and, as a result, has the highest rate of migration to other states. This probably means that this interesting change will be repeated throughout the continent.
The 2011 Australian Census, held on August 9, may show that this is the case.
If you’d like to read more click on the The Daily Telegraph one of the major daily newspaper in New South Wales.