Vietnamese First Names

Vietnamese First Names

Vietnamese names typically consist of three parts: a family name, one or more middle names, and a personal name (or given name), in that order. They are similar to Chinese names in the order the names are presented; however, they differ from almost all other Asian names because of the use of the middle name.

Many of the last names in Vietnam are extremely popular in heavy use, so people are often referred to by their middle names and personal names only. As a result, the middle name has become formally part of the given name. Family names are rarely used, even in formal situations, because of how common most of them are.

Personal names almost always have a literal meaning to a word in the Vietnamese language, and are often chosen for the traits and characteristics parents hope their children will possess. For example, names meaning beauty are very popular. 

Most Popular Vietnamese First Names on FamilyEducation: Luc, Quan, Le, Tien

Image: Da Nang, Vietnam

Vietnamese First Names