21+ Popular Australian Last Names/Surnames With Meanings

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January 6, 2020 Updated February 26, 2020

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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.

Due to a mix of colonization and immigration, most Australians bear British last names. Yet names of Indian, Irish and Chinese origin also have a strong presence among Aussies.

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!

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  1. Smith
    Meaning: An English name referring to a blacksmith.
  2. Jones
    Meaning: An English or Welsh name meaning son of John.
  3. Martin
    Meaning: A French name referring to Mars, the Roman god of war.
  4. Williams
    Meaning: An English name meaning son of William.
  5. Kelly
    Meaning: An Irish name meaning descendent of Ceallach.
  6. Johnson
    Meaning: An English name meaning Son of John.
  7. Kim
    Meaning: A Korean name meaning gold or metal.
  8. King
    Meaning: An English name referring to a king or royalty.
  9. Singh
    Meaning: An Indian name meaning lion is Sanskrit.
  10. White
    Meaning: An English name referring to a person of fair hair or complexion.
  11. Nguyen
    Meaning: A Vietnamese name meaning musical instrument.
  12. Kumar
    Meaning: An Indian name meaning child or prince.

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  13. Harris
    Meaning: An English name meaning son of Harry.
  14. Ryan
    Meaning: An Irish name meaning descendant of Riaghan.
  15. Patel
    Meaning: An Indian name meaning village chief.
  16. Lee
    Meaning: A Chinese and Korean name meaning plum or plum tree.
  17. Taylor
    Meaning: An English occupational name for a tailor.
  18. Sharma
    Meaning: An Indian name stemming from the Sanskrit word for joy or happiness.
  19. Thompson
    Meaning: A Scottish surname meaning son of Thomas.
  20. Walker
    Meaning: An English occupational name for someone who presses or beats cloth
  21. Prasad
    Meaning: An Indian name stemming from the Sanskrit word for favor or offering.

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