Sri Lanka Surnames

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

The most common Sri Lankan surnames

  1. Perera (965,669)
  2. Fernando (583,845)
  3. de Silva (335,265)
  4. Bandara (254,720)
  5. Kumara (225,995)
  6. Dissanayake (193,397)
  7. Mohamed (173,370)
  8. Gamage (167,596)
  9. Liyanage (161,237)
  10. Jayasinghe (159,337)
  11. Ranasinghe (156,486)
  12. Herath (138,068)
  13. Weerasinghe (136,606)
  14. Peiris (129,881)
  15. Rathnayake (115,337)
  16. Wickramasinghe (108,685)
  17. Wijesinghe (106,200)
  18. Hettiarachchi (98,087)
  19. Nanayakkara (87,489)
  20. Ahamed (83,542)
  21. Rajapaksha (79,742)
  22. Mendis (79,157)
  23. Pathirana (78,791)
  24. Ekanayake (78,207)
  25. Gunasekara (77,768)
  26. Dias (75,795)
  27. Sampath (75,356)
  28. Amarasinghe (72,798)
  29. Ratnayake (66,951)
  30. Chathuranga (65,781)
  31. Senanayake (61,688)
  32. Samarasinghe (60,811)
  33. Lakmal (60,226)
  34. Munasinghe (59,057)
  35. Rodrigo (58,034)
  36. Seneviratne (57,814)
  37. Rathnayaka (55,914)
  38. Edirisinghe (54,379)
  39. Jayawardena (54,233)
  40. Fonseka (53,794)
  41. Sanjeewa (52,771)
  42. Gunawardana (52,186)
  43. Prasad (51,529)
  44. Gunawardena (50,871)
  45. Karunaratne (50,286)
  46. Jayaweera (48,751)
  47. Jayasekara (48,605)
  48. Ranaweera (47,509)
  49. Jayawardana (45,755)
  50. Jayasuriya (45,389)
  51. Madusanka (45,170)
  52. Alwis (45,024)
  53. Rajapakse (44,877)
  54. Karunarathna (44,147)
  55. Dissanayaka (43,927)
  56. Jayakody (43,269)
  57. Samarakoon (41,588)
  58. Kariyawasam (41,442)
  59. Cooray (39,542)
  60. Karunarathne (39,323)
  61. Kumari (39,176)
  62. Abeysinghe (38,665)
  63. Rupasinghe (36,984)
  64. Sandaruwan (36,618)
  65. Weerakoon (36,326)
  66. Jayalath (35,595)
  67. Gunasekera (34,791)
  68. de Alwis (34,133)
  69. Madushanka (33,402)
  70. Jayasundara (33,329)
  71. Tennakoon (33,256)
  72. Vithanage (32,964)
  73. Weerasekara (32,964)
  74. Subasinghe (32,160)
  75. Kumarasinghe (31,429)
  76. Hewage (31,063)
  77. Gunarathna (30,113)
  78. Gunaratne (30,113)
  79. Prasanna (30,040)
  80. Samaraweera (29,894)
  81. Athukorala (29,602)
  82. Maduranga (29,602)
  83. Wijeratne (29,309)
  84. Wijekoon (29,090)
  85. Gunathilaka (28,944)
  86. Hussain (28,578)
  87. Pushpakumara (28,432)
  88. Priyadarshana (28,359)
  89. Samaranayake (28,140)
  90. Jayathilaka (27,921)
  91. Lanka (27,921)
  92. Siriwardana (26,897)
  93. Gunathilake (26,532)
  94. Dassanayake (26,459)
  95. Senevirathne (26,313)
  96. Pradeep (25,874)
  97. Mohammed (25,582)
  98. Yapa (25,509)
  99. Priyankara (24,997)
  100. Wijesekara (24,851)
  101. Desilva (24,778)
  102. Indika (24,705)
  103. Attanayake (24,485)

Did you know all these surnames from Sri Lanka?

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

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

Have you been surprised by any of these Sri Lankan Last names?

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