has three national languages — Dutch, French and German — Belgian names are similar to those in the neighbouring countries: the Netherlands, France and Germany. Thanks to this multiculturalism, Belgium has one of the highest number of surnames in the world (no less than 190,000 at the last count), and certainly the highest per capita ratio, about 1 family name for 53 people. Place names (regions, towns, villages, hamlets) with a particle meaning "from" (de
in French, del
in Walloon, or van
in Dutch) are the most numerous. An uncapitalised particle sometimes indicates nobility.
Here is for example the chronological list of Ministers-President of the Walloon Region
For French family names among the Walloon
and other francophones of Belgium, see French name
The twenty most common French
surnames in Belgium are respectively Dubois
, and Bertrand
Some surnames have an unclear origin, like Berger
, meaning shepherd
in French, and mountaineer
in Dutch and German. The particle De
also means From
or From the
in French and means The
in Dutch, which does not help finding the origin.
Flemish surnames are also common, due to Flemish economic immigration from 1850
. See Flanders name
There are also a lot of typical Walloon surnames, like Monami
(fr: Mon ami
, en: My friend
), Dehasse (fr: de......