Last names are a great way to connect with the family that came before us. In a country as populated as Australia, home to around 24.6 million people, common surnames are bound to be diverse. As Aboriginal Australians were mostly called by a first name and no last name, the most popular surnames in modern Australia have roots in other countries.
Check out our list showcasing popular last names that can be found across Australia. We’ve also included the meaning and origin of each name. G’day!
Meaning: An English name referring to a blacksmith.
Meaning: An English or Welsh name meaning son of John.
Meaning: A French name referring to Mars, the Roman god of war.
Meaning: An English name meaning son of William.
Meaning: An Irish name meaning descendent of Ceallach.
Meaning: An English name meaning Son of John.
Meaning: A Korean name meaning gold or metal.
Meaning: An English name referring to a king or royalty.
Meaning: An Indian name meaning lion is Sanskrit.
Meaning: An English name referring to a person of fair hair or complexion.
Meaning: A Vietnamese name meaning musical instrument.
Meaning: An Indian name meaning child or prince.
Meaning: An English name meaning son of Harry.
Meaning: An Irish name meaning descendant of Riaghan.
Meaning: An Indian name meaning village chief.
Meaning: A Chinese and Korean name meaning plum or plum tree.
Meaning: An English occupational name for a tailor.
Meaning: An Indian name stemming from the Sanskrit word for joy or happiness.
Meaning: A Scottish surname meaning son of Thomas.
Meaning: An English occupational name for someone who presses or beats cloth
Meaning: An Indian name stemming from the Sanskrit word for favor or offering.