The Vietnamese last name Nguyen may be on track to become the most popular in Australia in the next decade, researchers estimate, outpacing current winners Smith and Jones.
The Vietnamese surname is currently the 13th most popular in Australia but is gaining ground fast, wrote the News Limited Network. The name is the second most popular in Melbourne and the third most popular in Sydney, the island nation's most populous centers.
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"It is like a horse race: Smiths are cantering but Nguyens are screaming down the outside,'' said KPMG demographer Bernard Salt, according to News Limited Network.
"Nguyen will [overtake Smith] in Melbourne and Sydney within 10 years. It signals the difference between the city and the bush," he added.
This phenomenon is owed not just to the high volume of Australian residents and citizens with Vietnamese blood. It has much to do with the sheer pervasiveness of Nguyen, a last name used by nearly 40 percent of Vietnam's population, according to Vietnam's Tuoi Tre News.
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Australia's top three migrant groups are British, Indian and Chinese, but none claims a surname as widespread within their native lands as Nguyen.