Malaysia Surnames

If you're here, it's because you've decided to look up the 200 most common surnames in Malaysia. Surely you've heard of some Malaysian surnames, but you may be surprised to see surnames in this list that you didn't know were so common in a country like Malaysia. In this list we have totally updated statistical information about the most common surnames among Malaysians, so if you are looking for information about whether your surname would stand out in Malaysia, we warn you that if it is not in this list, yes, your surname would be something uncommon in Malaysian lands . However, if your surname appears among these 200 surnames, we are afraid that you will have to stand out for other qualities, as you will be quite common as far as surnames for Malaysians are concerned

The most common Malaysian surnames

  1. Tan (696,362)
  2. Lim (591,908)
  3. Lee (589,092)
  4. Wong (528,652)
  5. Ng (367,254)
  6. Chong (316,536)
  7. Rahman (245,773)
  8. Chan (226,113)
  9. Chin (214,308)
  10. binti Ahmad (207,559)
  11. binti Ismail (206,896)
  12. binti Abdullah (189,874)
  13. Ong (189,447)
  14. bin Ahmad (189,293)
  15. bin Ismail (188,709)
  16. bin Abdullah (184,076)
  17. Yap (165,673)
  18. Yong (150,389)
  19. Goh (145,845)
  20. Liew (141,850)
  21. Leong (130,602)
  22. Low (128,882)
  23. Bakar (128,639)
  24. Mohamed (125,302)
  25. Lai (120,943)
  26. binti Ibrahim (119,930)
  27. Lau (115,869)
  28. Ali (112,910)
  29. bin Ibrahim (111,414)
  30. Hamid (107,872)
  31. Ho (106,740)
  32. Chua (98,265)
  33. Ahmad (97,074)
  34. Loh (94,519)
  35. Chew (94,338)
  36. Abdullah (94,030)
  37. Nor (91,999)
  38. Aziz (89,937)
  39. Chai (89,794)
  40. binti Othman (88,753)
  41. Ooi (85,422)
  42. bin Othman (81,779)
  43. Teh (81,535)
  44. Hassan (81,443)
  45. Ang (81,251)
  46. Noor (81,166)
  47. binti Hassan (80,772)
  48. Yusof (80,628)
  49. Teo (76,417)
  50. binti Awang (75,291)
  51. Ismail (75,215)
  52. Sim (74,341)
  53. Ling (74,319)
  54. Tang (73,131)
  55. binti Mohamad (73,110)
  56. bin Hassan (71,764)
  57. Chang (71,624)
  58. Salleh (71,584)
  59. Kong (70,789)
  60. Gan (70,473)
  61. binti Ali (69,837)
  62. Ghani (69,032)
  63. Chia (68,671)
  64. binti Omar (68,230)
  65. bin Mohamad (68,218)
  66. Isa (68,166)
  67. Koh (67,800)
  68. binti Hashim (67,397)
  69. bin Awang (66,691)
  70. Wan (65,780)
  71. bin Ali (65,731)
  72. Khoo (63,651)
  73. Teoh (62,011)
  74. bin Omar (61,898)
  75. Rahim (61,753)
  76. Tee (61,667)
  77. Foo (61,041)
  78. bin Hashim (60,975)
  79. Chee (60,658)
  80. binti Salleh (60,247)
  81. Abdul (59,037)
  82. Pang (58,614)
  83. binti Mohamed (58,160)
  84. Chen (57,982)
  85. Tay (57,451)
  86. Ting (57,237)
  87. Choo (55,747)
  88. bin Salleh (55,495)
  89. Wahab (54,925)
  90. Loo (54,051)
  91. Ibrahim (53,920)
  92. Cheong (53,891)
  93. Chung (51,948)
  94. Yee (51,746)
  95. bin Mohamed (51,374)
  96. Cheah (50,466)
  97. Law (49,213)
  98. Zain (48,656)
  99. binti Zakaria (48,411)
  100. Fong (48,056)
  101. binti Sulaiman (47,250)
  102. Yusoff (47,203)
  103. Rashid (46,533)
  104. binti Mamat (46,413)
  105. bin Zakaria (46,149)
  106. Razak (45,907)
  107. Kok (45,836)
  108. Cheng (45,439)
  109. bin Sulaiman (44,749)
  110. binti Daud (44,697)
  111. binti Jusoh (44,647)
  112. Daud (44,309)
  113. Mat (43,692)
  114. Yeoh (43,649)
  115. binti Osman (43,545)
  116. Chow (43,491)
  117. binti Yusof (43,427)
  118. Yeo (43,184)
  119. Mohamad (42,254)
  120. Kadir (42,216)
  121. Amin (42,188)
  122. binti Harun (41,339)
  123. bin Yusof (41,070)
  124. bin Mamat (40,843)
  125. bin Jusoh (40,284)
  126. bin Daud (40,271)
  127. bin Osman (40,235)
  128. Lam (39,996)
  129. Soh (39,843)
  130. Soo (39,640)
  131. Majid (39,281)
  132. binti Saad (39,123)
  133. Wee (39,074)
  134. Hashim (39,017)
  135. bin Harun (38,875)
  136. Khor (38,513)
  137. Singh (37,708)
  138. Heng (36,596)
  139. Othman (35,911)
  140. bin Saad (35,441)
  141. Said (35,395)
  142. Tai (35,324)
  143. binti Mat (34,677)
  144. bin Ramli (34,643)
  145. Zin (34,584)
  146. binti Ramli (34,557)
  147. Karim (34,332)
  148. binti Ishak (34,008)
  149. binti Hussin (33,615)
  150. Toh (32,892)
  151. Abidin (32,619)
  152. Omar (32,293)
  153. Tham (32,284)
  154. binti Said (32,206)
  155. Mohammed (31,981)
  156. binti Idris (31,734)
  157. binti Jaafar (31,607)
  158. bin Ishak (31,536)
  159. bin Hussin (31,387)
  160. bin Mat (31,022)
  161. Hong (30,724)
  162. binti Yusoff (30,490)
  163. binti Hamzah (29,620)
  164. binti Hamid (29,583)
  165. Kumar (29,372)
  166. Soon (29,347)
  167. Devi (29,172)
  168. bin Jaafar (29,098)
  169. Chu (28,967)
  170. bin Idris (28,879)
  171. binti Bakar (28,744)
  172. See (28,685)
  173. Sulaiman (28,594)
  174. binti Musa (28,511)
  175. bin Hamid (28,379)
  176. bin Said (28,250)
  177. bin Yusoff (28,187)
  178. bin Hamzah (27,940)
  179. Shah (27,929)
  180. Abu (27,420)
  181. Teng (26,926)
  182. Yew (26,650)
  183. Kaur (26,554)
  184. bin Musa (26,550)
  185. binti Yaacob (26,480)
  186. Eng (26,364)
  187. Noh (26,352)
  188. Chuah (26,059)
  189. Din (25,596)
  190. bin Bakar (25,498)
  191. binti Yahya (24,998)
  192. Saad (24,711)
  193. bin Yahya (24,604)
  194. bin Yaacob (24,596)
  195. Kee (24,485)
  196. Poh (24,359)
  197. Tong (24,258)
  198. Phang (24,128)
  199. Lew (23,786)
  200. binti Hasan (23,550)

Did you know all these surnames from Malaysia?

If you look, next to each surname in this list you will find a number. That number is the number of people who carry that surname in Malaysia. Of course it is the official number given according to the latest statistics made in Malaysia, and they take into account not Malaysians, but people who currently live in the country. So it is possible that you may find in Malaysia a surname that you know perfectly well is not a Malaysian surname, that may help you get an idea of how many people from the same country from which that surname originates have emigrated to Malaysia and have settled there.

Having information about surnames helps us to have information about our history, but also about the history of the different countries. Knowing which surnames are most abundant in Malaysia at the moment helps us to take a snapshot of the country's current reality. In this way, and crossing these data we have about the current Malaysian surnames with the most abundant Malaysian surnames one hundred or two hundred years ago, we could get an idea of how Malaysian society has changed and the level of impact that migration may have had in a country like Malaysia.

Similarly, it is interesting to try to discover what the current data are on the most used surnames in the countries neighbouring Malaysia, and whether they have any surnames in common or if, on the contrary, the coincidences are minimal or non-existent. In this way we can guess what kind of relations Malaysia has with its neighboring countries, and whether there has been mobility between the countries or not. As you can see, a few simple statistics on surnames in Malaysia can provide much more information than may appear at first glance.

Have you been surprised by any of these Malaysian Last names?

What do you think? Have you already seen in this list of 200 surnames from Malaysia any that have caught your attention? Have you missed any surname that you thought was very common in Malaysia, and yet it has turned out not to be on the list? If you keep searching in other countries you will surely find that surname that you thought was Malaysian and that turns out to be more common in another country than Malaysia. Sometimes the data surprises us, but that is what encourages us to want to know more about surnames and the reasons why the 200 most common Malaysian surnames are the ones presented in this list, and not others. We encourage you to continue your research.

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