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List of Copts
Coptic flag.svg Copts
Total population
About 10 to 20 million[1] (estimates vary)
Regions with significant populations
Traditional areas of Coptic settlement:10 to 15 million
 Egyptestimations range between 9 to 15 million[3]
 Sudanca. 500,000[4]
 Libyaca. 60,000[5]
Diaspora:1-2 million (estimates vary)
 United Statesca. 200,000 to 1 million[6][7][8][9][10]
 Canadaca. 200,000[1][11]
 Australiaca. 75,000 (2003)[12][13]
 Italyca. 30,000[14]
 United Arab Emiratesca. 10,000[15]
 Jordan8,000+ (2005)[16]
 Lebanon3,000 - 4,000 (2012)[19]
 Austria2,000 (2001)[21]
  Switzerland1,000 (2004)[22]
 New Zealand1,000
Spoken (Egypt, Sudan, Libya): Arabic
Liturgical: Coptic (near-extinct but in the process of revival)
Diaspora: English and many others
Predominantly: Coptic Orthodox Christianity.
Also Coptic Catholicism, Protestants

This list of Copts includes prominent Copts figures who are notable in their areas of expertise. For saints, please refer to Coptic Saints.

Performing arts


Clergy and theologians

Lawyers and Judges

Social activists




Historians and Coptologists

Journalists and writers


Painters and artists




Celebrity chefs


See also


  1. ^ a b "Coptic Orthodox Christmas to be low-key - Tight security: On alert after bombing in Egypt". Montreal Gazette. 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 23 February 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Egyptian Coptic protesters freed". BBC. 22 December 2004.
  3. ^ Official population counts put the number of Copts at around 16-18% of the population, while some Coptic voices claim figures as high as 23%. While some scholars defend the soundness of the official population census (cf. E.J.Chitham, The 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 10% and 20%,[2] for example the CIA World Factbook "Egypt". The World Factbook. CIA. Retrieved 2010., Khairi Abaza; Mark Nakhla (25 October 2005). "The Copts and Their Political Implications in Egypt". The Washington Institute. Retrieved 2010., Encyclopædia Britannica (1985), or Macropædia (15th ed., Chicago). 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 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 Copts (inside Egypt) exceeds 16 million. "?". United Copts of Great Britain. 29 October 2008. Retrieved 2010. and "?". ?.. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010. Retrieved 2010. Furthermore, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Khairi Abaza; Mark Nakhla (25 October 2005). "The Copts and Their Political Implications in Egypt". Retrieved 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica (1985), and Macropædia (15th ed., Chicago) estimate the percentage of Copts in Egypt to be up to 20% of the Egyptian population.
  4. ^ Minority Rights Group International, World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Sudan : Copts, 2008, available at: [accessed 21 December 2010]
  5. ^ Morgan, Jason; Falola, Toyin; Oyeniyi, Adeyemi. Culture and Customs of Libya. ABC-CLIO. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-313-37860-7.
  6. ^ 2009 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau "All Egyptians including Copts 197,160"
  7. ^ According to published accounts and several Coptic/US sources (including the US-Coptic Association), the Coptic Orthodox Church has between 700,000 and one million members in the United States (c. 2005-2007). "Why CCU?". Coptic Credit Union. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ "Coptics flock to welcome 'Baba' at Pittsburgh airport". Pittsburgh Tribune (2007). Archived from the original on March 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ "State's first Coptic Orthodox church is a vessel of faith". JS Online (2005). Archived from the original on August 21, 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ "Coptic Diaspora". US-Copts Association (2007). Archived from the original on 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2009.
  11. ^ [1] Archived January 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ In the year 2003, there was an estimated 70,000 Copts in New South Wales alone: - "Coptic Orthodox Church (NSW) Property Trust Amendment Bill". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Parliament of NSW - Legislative Council. 12 November 2003. p. Page: 4772: - Coptic Orthodox Church (NSW) Property Trust Amendment Bill. Archived from the original on 4 March 2015.
  13. ^ The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Sydney & its Affiliated Regions - Under the Guidance of His Grace Bishop Daniel Archived 2011-11-23 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Le religioni in Italia: La Chiesa copta".
  15. ^ Teller, Matthew (12 July 2015). "Free to pray - but don't try to convert anyone". BBC. Retrieved 2015. Ten-thousand or more live in the UAE, and young, bearded priest Father Markos, 12 years in Dubai, told me his flock are "more than happy - they enjoy their life, they are free."
  16. ^ "King commends Coptic Church's role in promoting coexistence". June 3, 2005. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ Come Across And Help Us Book 2 Archived October 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ CopticMission Archived January 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Lebanon: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor - 2012 Report on International Religious Freedom". U.S. Department of State. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ " By Location". Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ Austria 2004 Archived 2007-06-14 at the Wayback Machine Religious Freedom news
  22. ^ "Orthodox Copts open church in Switzerland". July 17, 2004. Retrieved 2011.
  23. ^ "Adel Bestavros: In Memoriam". Retrieved .

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