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Given names 
Surnames are usually taken from the surname or the given name of the father and are generally monosyllabic. Cambodian surnames are sometimes identical to Chinese or Vietnamese surnames. Women keep their maiden names after marriage.
Origin and meanings 
The meaning of Cambodian names are generally very simple and reference positive attributes. Cambodian people are called by their given names without a title (informal) or by their given names with a title (formal); surnames are not a usual form of address. (Surnames are used as a form of address, however, in the case of names that originated as revolutionary aliases.)[clarification needed]
Different naming traditions exist among ethnic groups other than the Khmer majority. The Cambodian population is 90% Buddhist and names are often taken from Buddhism. Among the Muslim minority, Arabic names are often used as family names.
Khmer names are usually pronounced with emphasis placed on the last syllable. Khmer uses a glottal stop (the Cockney stop in "ten green bo'les") and other stops: p, t and k. These stops are often totally unaspirated (i.e., no breath at all following), so the p sounds like a b, the t sounds like a d, and the k sounds like a g. Final r, d, g, s, b, and z sounds are not heard: Ngor is pronounced Ngow. Some final consonants written but not pronounced.
List of family names 
Cambodian names come from many different origins and have identical pronunciation to Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Hmong names. 
- Chey:姬 (Most popular surname in Cambodia pronounced "Jee" from Chinese "Ji") or derived from Sanskrit Jaya meaning victory
- Chen: 陳 (Given only to Cambodians of Chinese descent)
- Im: 임 (Korean "Im")
- Kim: 靳 (Chinese "Jin")
- Lim: 林 (Chinese "Lin")
- Chan/Chhan (Jahn/Chan): (Sanskrit word meaning moon)
- Ong: 王 (Chinese "Wang" pronounced Ong in Hokkien dialect)
- Oung: 王 (Different variation of Wang)
- Duong (doouhng): Dương (Similar in spelling, however it pronounced differently and have different origins)
- Oum: 엄 (Similar to Korean "Um")
- Ang: 吳 (Cantonese variation of surname "Wu")
- Hu: 胡 (Chinese "Hu", most uncommon name for Cambodians)
- Sam (Variation of Khmer name "San")
- So: 蘇 (Chinese "Sū")
- Tep meaning Deva in Sanskrit is god or devine
- Yun: 윤 (Korean "Yoon")
- Ly: 李 (Chinese "Li")
- Mien: 瑶 (Hmong name originating in southern china spreading to Laos and from there Thailand and Cambodia)
- Chhith (chit)
- Em (iam) meaning yellow skin or less sweet
- Hong (kowng): 洪 (Chinese "Hong", uncommon name for Cambodians)
- Keo (kyoo): (2nd most popular surname in Cambodia) meaning glass or jewel or crystal
- Khlot (klot)
- Long (lung): 龍 (Chinese "Long")
- Ma (mah): ม้า (Thai version of Chinese "Ma")
- Meas (mih-uh) It meaning gold.
- Mao (mah-oo) It came from khmer word black (ខ្មៅ), but it is a speaking language.
- Moul (mool) meaning round
- Muy (maw-ee) It meaning one in khmer.
- Sok (sok): ( សង្រ្កឺត) It meaning fine. (សុខ)
- Sang (sahng): 常 (Variation of Chinese "Chang")
- Som/Sum (suhm)
- Touch (too-ij) meaning small or tiny
- You (yoo): 尤 (Chinese "Yu")
- Tang: 唐
- Pang: 龐
- Meng: 孟
List of given names 
Unlike Cambodian family names, given names may have multiple syllables and differ greatly. Given names were influenced greatly by Sanskrit.
- Balin (bah-lin)
- Chea (chee-ah) It means good health
- Cheata (chee-ay-tah) meaning birth, nation, origin
- Chheng cheng: 鄭 (Variation of Chinese "Zheng")
- Chheang: 常 (Chinese "Chang")
- Da: 大 (Similar to Chinese "Da" but not related)
- Dara dah-rah: (Sanskrit, meaning "Star")
- Leng (leng): 梁 (Chinese "Liang")
- Lo (Lo): 羅 (Chinese "Luo")
- Narong (nah-rong)
- Naroeung (nahroong)
- Phuong (poong) name of the kind of flower
- Saroeung (sah-roong)
- Srey (sareiy): (Khmer, meaning girl or in Sanskrit is better)
- Son (sawn): 孫 (Variation of Chinese "Sun"
- Bopha (bohpa) meaning flower
- Chanda (chahndah): (More popular Khmer names) meaning heart or mind
- Chhoun (choo-en)
- Khan (kahn)
- Kosal (kohsahl)meaning good deed
- Kunthea (kunt-hee-ah)
- Lai (lah-ee): 賴 (Chinese "Lai")
- Lun Ang (loom-ang): 倫 (Variations of Chinese "Lun" and "Wu")
- Maly (mahlee)
- Mey (Mae)
- Map (mahp): Mập (Vietnamese meaning "Fat")
- Moeuk (mew)
- Phalla (pahlah): (More popular Khmer names) meaning fruit in Pali
- Phireak (pee-re)
- Poew (pohew): youngest (sibling)
- Rith (rit) mean power
- Ry (ree)
- Samnang (Lucky)
- Sarit (sahrit)
- Sophal (sohpahl): (More popular Khmer names)
- Suon (soo-in): meaning garden
- Tren (trayng): Trần (Vietnamese version of Chinese "Chen")
- Thy (tee): Thị
- Thuy (toy-ee): Thủy (Vietnamese version of Chinese 水)
- Vanna (vahna): gold, golden
Compound names 
At times, many families combine shorter names to create a longer name. This happens often among the wealthier class of Cambodians.
- Sovanna (Combined "So" and "Vanna") means gold in Sanskrit
- Somally (Combined "So" and "Maly")
- Chandarith (Combined "Chanda" and "Rith")
See also 
- A list of popular Khmer names Khmer Institute
- Cambodian Names Asian name pronunciation guide
- Cambodian names- Discover the beauty and significance of the Cambodian names and their meanings.
- "Naming systems of the world" (self-published). Citing Huffman, Franklin Eugene. Cambodian names and titles. Institute of Far Eastern Languages, Yale University (1968). OCLC 20035170.
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- Valerie Ooka Pang & Li-Rong Lilly Cheng. Struggling to Be Heard: The Unmet Needs of Asian Pacific American Children. SUNY Press (1998), p51. ISBN 0-7914-3839-2.
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- Cambodian names The significance and beauty of Cambodian names
- Khmer Institute
- What Language Does He Speak? Asian Last Name Guide