South Africa Surnames

If you're here, it's because you've decided to look up the 200 most common surnames in South Africa. Surely you've heard of some South African surnames, but you may be surprised to see surnames in this list that you didn't know were so common in a country like South Africa. In this list we have totally updated statistical information about the most common surnames among South Africans, so if you are looking for information about whether your surname would stand out in South Africa, we warn you that if it is not in this list, yes, your surname would be something uncommon in South African 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 South Africans are concerned

The most common South African surnames

  1. Nkosi (289,513)
  2. Dlamini (244,336)
  3. Botha (215,864)
  4. Khumalo (214,182)
  5. Mahlangu (212,801)
  6. Ndlovu (193,585)
  7. Smith (182,680)
  8. Naidoo (179,257)
  9. Sithole (173,091)
  10. van der Merwe (157,237)
  11. Mokoena (154,137)
  12. Jacobs (153,800)
  13. Zulu (148,867)
  14. Nel (148,684)
  15. Pretorius (147,892)
  16. Venter (145,242)
  17. Coetzee (137,352)
  18. Fourie (136,803)
  19. van Wyk (131,929)
  20. Du Plessis (131,218)
  21. Govender (130,275)
  22. Pillay (124,997)
  23. Buthelezi (123,927)
  24. Smit (121,120)
  25. Kruger (116,869)
  26. Baloyi (114,399)
  27. Mthembu (111,165)
  28. Williams (110,685)
  29. van Zyl (110,031)
  30. Khoza (108,904)
  31. Radebe (106,547)
  32. Zwane (105,746)
  33. Du Toit (101,199)
  34. Mkhize (99,900)
  35. Mbatha (99,262)
  36. Sibiya (98,891)
  37. Erasmus (97,511)
  38. Louw (97,379)
  39. Tshabalala (97,189)
  40. van Niekerk (92,936)
  41. Ngwenya (91,901)
  42. Joubert (91,542)
  43. Ngcobo (91,294)
  44. Meyer (91,137)
  45. Steyn (90,518)
  46. Gumede (90,341)
  47. Maseko (89,182)
  48. Ntuli (85,864)
  49. Mathebula (85,438)
  50. Mhlongo (84,953)
  51. Mofokeng (84,076)
  52. Mazibuko (83,968)
  53. Marais (83,196)
  54. Viljoen (81,772)
  55. van Rensburg (81,514)
  56. Potgieter (81,460)
  57. Nxumalo (81,365)
  58. Dube (80,132)
  59. Swanepoel (79,915)
  60. Moodley (79,550)
  61. Swart (79,205)
  62. Chauke (77,245)
  63. Mnisi (76,036)
  64. Mtshali (75,017)
  65. Mthethwa (74,546)
  66. Molefe (73,801)
  67. van Rooyen (73,307)
  68. Ngobeni (73,299)
  69. Singh (72,490)
  70. Adams (72,390)
  71. Oosthuizen (72,384)
  72. Muller (72,304)
  73. Strydom (71,272)
  74. Maluleke (70,020)
  75. Mabaso (69,515)
  76. Engelbrecht (69,254)
  77. Du Preez (67,543)
  78. Olivier (67,465)
  79. de Beer (65,217)
  80. Bezuidenhout (64,982)
  81. Jansen (63,656)
  82. Cloete (62,873)
  83. Roux (62,725)
  84. Barnard (62,513)
  85. van der Walt (62,135)
  86. Pienaar (62,090)
  87. Visser (62,018)
  88. Grobler (61,733)
  89. Mkhwanazi (61,234)
  90. van der Westhuizen (60,198)
  91. Hlatshwayo (59,834)
  92. Prinsloo (59,565)
  93. Nkuna (58,477)
  94. Skosana (58,137)
  95. Vilakazi (58,032)
  96. Booysen (57,719)
  97. Kunene (57,058)
  98. Jordaan (57,039)
  99. Ferreira (56,929)
  100. Le Roux (56,875)
  101. Chetty (56,691)
  102. Shabangu (56,426)
  103. Kotze (56,084)
  104. Pieterse (56,053)
  105. Xaba (55,023)
  106. Mokwena (54,776)
  107. Mnguni (53,746)
  108. Abrahams (53,468)
  109. Burger (52,582)
  110. Zungu (52,574)
  111. Hlongwane (52,541)
  112. Ngubane (52,462)
  113. Motaung (51,700)
  114. Moloi (50,962)
  115. Schoeman (50,333)
  116. Vorster (49,986)
  117. Modise (49,474)
  118. Dhlamini (48,708)
  119. Shabalala (48,640)
  120. Thomas (48,453)
  121. de Villiers (48,398)
  122. Kekana (48,272)
  123. Ndaba (48,215)
  124. Zondi (48,154)
  125. Snyman (47,363)
  126. Naude (47,317)
  127. Brown (47,218)
  128. Mngomezulu (47,052)
  129. Rossouw (46,821)
  130. Bester (46,763)
  131. Shongwe (46,551)
  132. Davids (46,540)
  133. Mabuza (45,849)
  134. Naicker (45,815)
  135. Scheepers (45,779)
  136. Simelane (45,708)
  137. Labuschagne (45,409)
  138. Mudau (45,241)
  139. Johnson (45,138)
  140. Mchunu (44,791)
  141. Nhlapo (44,521)
  142. de Jager (44,461)
  143. Cele (44,155)
  144. Reddy (43,941)
  145. Theron (43,908)
  146. Langa (43,711)
  147. Steenkamp (43,132)
  148. Sibanyoni (42,803)
  149. Masango (42,792)
  150. van Vuuren (42,768)
  151. Mashaba (42,725)
  152. Malatji (42,496)
  153. Khan (42,472)
  154. Hadebe (42,292)
  155. Zuma (42,048)
  156. Dladla (42,035)
  157. Matlala (41,650)
  158. Majola (41,311)
  159. van Heerden (41,248)
  160. Mohlala (41,211)
  161. Mhlanga (40,814)
  162. Masilela (40,641)
  163. Joseph (40,517)
  164. Badenhorst (40,453)
  165. Jones (40,187)
  166. Mdluli (40,012)
  167. Ledwaba (39,951)
  168. Sibisi (39,487)
  169. Ntombela (39,423)
  170. Hendricks (39,357)
  171. van den Berg (39,078)
  172. de Wet (38,519)
  173. Phiri (38,489)
  174. Ndhlovu (38,399)
  175. Boshoff (38,334)
  176. Gouws (38,190)
  177. Mlambo (38,111)
  178. Magagula (38,104)
  179. de Klerk (38,009)
  180. Masuku (37,953)
  181. Lombard (37,866)
  182. Mabena (37,825)
  183. Cronje (37,767)
  184. Groenewald (37,716)
  185. Basson (37,637)
  186. Wessels (37,590)
  187. Beukes (37,562)
  188. Mthombeni (37,234)
  189. Mashego (37,219)
  190. Myeni (37,205)
  191. Botes (37,146)
  192. Kubheka (37,060)
  193. Mabunda (36,996)
  194. Petersen (36,900)
  195. Mulaudzi (36,576)
  196. Ntshangase (36,501)
  197. Coetzer (36,486)
  198. Khanyile (36,312)
  199. Xulu (36,233)
  200. James (36,106)

Did you know all these surnames from South Africa?

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 South Africa. Of course it is the official number given according to the latest statistics made in South Africa, and they take into account not South Africans, but people who currently live in the country. So it is possible that you may find in South Africa a surname that you know perfectly well is not a South African surname, that may help you get an idea of how many people from the same country from which that surname originates have emigrated to South Africa 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 South Africa 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 South African surnames with the most abundant South African surnames one hundred or two hundred years ago, we could get an idea of how South African society has changed and the level of impact that migration may have had in a country like South Africa.

Similarly, it is interesting to try to discover what the current data are on the most used surnames in the countries neighbouring South Africa, 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 South Africa 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 South Africa can provide much more information than may appear at first glance.

Have you been surprised by any of these South African Last names?

What do you think? Have you already seen in this list of 200 surnames from South Africa any that have caught your attention? Have you missed any surname that you thought was very common in South Africa, 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 South African and that turns out to be more common in another country than South Africa. 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 South African surnames are the ones presented in this list, and not others. We encourage you to continue your research.