List of Copts

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ⲚⲓⲢⲉⲙ̀ⲛⲭⲏⲙⲓ ̀ⲛ̀Ⲭⲣⲏⲥⲧⲓ̀ⲁⲛⲟⲥ
ni.Remenkīmi en Ekhristianos
Total population
9,000,000 to 13,000,000 (estimates vary)
Saint Mark the Evangelist
Regions with significant populations
 Egypt 8,000,000 to 9,125,000[1]
(see Religion in Egypt)[2]
 Sudan 500,000[3]
 Australia 70,000+ (2003)[4] [5]
 Kuwait 65,000[6]
 Canada 50,000+ (2008 est.)[7]
 United Kingdom 25,000 – 30,000 (2006)[8]
 South Africa 15,000+[9][10]
 Kenya 8,000+[9][10]
 Jordan 8,000+ (2005)[11]
 Germany 3,000 – 5,000 (2005)[12]
 Austria 2,000 (2001)[13]
 Switzerland 1,000 (2004)[14]
Predominantly: Coptic Orthodox Christianity.
Minorities include: Coptic Catholic Church; various Protestant minorities
Liturgical: Coptic
In Egypt: Egyptian Arabic
In the diaspora: English, French, German and others
This is a list of notable Copts. For saints, please refer to Coptic Saints.

Being an integral part of Egypt's history, Christian Copts, have shared in all aspects of life and had many contributions to the Egyptian political, professional and spiritual activities. This is a list of notable Christian Copts with articles in Wikipedia. The word 'Copt' is derived from the Egyptian Greek 'ment aiguption; which means 'From Egypt'. Prior to Muhammad Ali's rule of Egypt, average Egyptians were referred to as "Qibti" regardless of their religion.

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  1. ^ مريم ترحيني (2012-11-21). "السفير العربي :: منى علاّم - عودة لتناول إشكالية الاندماج الوطني للأقباط". Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  2. ^ Official population counts put the number of Christian Copts at around 6–10% of the population, while some Christian Coptic voices claim figures as high as 15 to 20%. While some scholars defend the soundness of the official population census (cf. E.J.Chitham, The Christian Coptic Community in Egypt. Spatial and Social Change, Durham 1986), most scholars and international observers assume that the Christian share of Egypt's population is higher than stated by the Egyptian government. Most independent estimates fall within range between 9% and 20%, for example the CIA World Factbook [1], or the Washington Institute [2]. For a projected 83,000,000+ Egyptians in 2009, this assumption yields the above figures.
    In 2008, Pope Shenouda III and Bishop Morkos, bishop of Shubra, declared that the number of Christian Copts in Egypt is more than 12 million. In the same year, father Morkos Aziz the prominent priest in Cairo declared that the number of Christian Copts (inside Egypt) exceeds 16 million. [3] and [4]. Furthermore, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy [5] estimates the percentage of Christian Copts in Egypt to be up to 20% of the Egyptian population
  3. ^ Minority Rights Group International, World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples – Sudan : Copts, 2008, available at: [accessed 21 December 2010]
  4. ^ In the year 2003, there was an estimated 70,000 Christian Copts in New South Wales alone: – |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Parliament of NSW – Legislative Council. November 12, 2003. p. Page: 4772: – Coptic Orthodox Church (NSW) Property Trust Amendment Bill. 
  5. ^ "The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Sydney & its Affiliated Regions – Under the Guidance of His Grace Bishop Daniel". March 29, 1970. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kuwait". November 8, 2005. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "According to the Canadian Coptic Association, there are approximately 50,000 Orthodox Copts in Canada". Canada Free Press. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ Copts number at least 20,000 in Britain [6] plus another 5,000 – 10,000 Copts who are directly under the British Orthodox Church (1999 figures)
  9. ^ a b Come Across And Help Us Book 2
  10. ^ a b CopticMission[dead link]
  11. ^ "King commends Coptic Church's role in promoting coexistence". June 3, 2005. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Religion in Germany – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ Austria 2004 Religious Freedom news
  14. ^ "Orthodox Copts open church in Switzerland". July 17, 2004. Retrieved November 18, 2011.