Our Sri Lankan name database contains 4.013 Sri Lankan first names and 698 Sri Lankan surnames categorized by gender and frequency. After payment you can download the Sri Lankan name database in CSV, SQL or JSON format and use it freely in your projects. Asia is not very well organised and only have a few open data initiatives. The list of names from countries like have a reasonable quality but are limited. The Sri Lankan names are validated using official governmental databases we received in other countries which contained Sri Lankan names as well. To create the Sri Lankan name database we used 10.665 validated Sri Lankan social media profiles. We have a detailed explanation of our methodology and illustrate our approach with several examples.

Sri Lankan first names

In Sri Lanka, parents typically pick a first name for their child based on cultural and religious traditions. They often choose a name that has a significant meaning or is connected to their family history. Some parents also consult with astrologers or religious leaders before finalizing a name for their child. In addition, parents may also consider the pronunciation and ease of use of the name when making their decision.

Popular male Sri Lankan names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Mohamed 279 4.0% Egyptian Dutch Algerian
Kasun 78 1.1% American British Australian
Isuru 73 1.0% Australian American British
Nuwan 70 1.0% American Australian Emirati
Mohammed 69 1.0% Egyptian Saudi Arabian Indian
Lahiru 65 0.9% British Canadian Australian
Shehan 57 0.8% Emirati American Canadian
Gayan 54 0.8% American Australian New Zealander
Ruwan 49 0.7% Dutch Egyptian Australian
Roshan 45 0.6% Indian Nepalese American
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 10.665 Sri Lankan social media profiles from which 7.051 (66%) is male.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular female Sri Lankan names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Amila 69 1.9% Bosnian, Herzegovinian American British
Harsha 35 1.0% Indian American British
Sameera 34 0.9% Indian Pakistani British
Rajitha 32 0.9% Canadian Indian Emirati
Dhanushka 32 0.9% Australian Nepalese Emirati
Akila 32 0.9% Indian American Brazilian
Hashan 31 0.9% German Indian Canadian
Gihan 27 0.7% Egyptian British Australian
Aruna 27 0.7% Indian American British
Tharaka 26 0.7% Nepalese Emirati Cameroonian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 10.665 Sri Lankan social media profiles from which 3.614 (34%) is female.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular Sri Lankan surnames

In Sri Lanka, surnames are typically passed down from the father to the children. They can also be a combination of the father's and mother's surnames. Some Sri Lankans may also adopt a surname based on their profession or caste. Additionally, some Sinhalese people may have a "wewa" or "watta" added to their surname, indicating that they are from a specific village or region.

Last name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Perera 383 3.6% Spanish American British
Fernando 319 3.0% Brazilian Indonesian American
De Silva 173 1.6% British American Australian
Bandara 171 1.6% Australian British Canadian
Kumara 117 1.1% Indian Indonesian American
Ahamed 108 1.0% Bangladeshi Indian Emirati
Sampath 94 0.9% Indian American Emirati
Dissanayake 93 0.9% Australian American British
Mohamed 92 0.9% Egyptian Dutch Algerian
Silva 89 0.8% Brazilian Portuguese American
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 10.665 Sri Lankan social media profiles.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this last name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.