Chaldean in United States


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

The Chaldean Neo-Aramaic population of today arbitrarily received the name "Chaldean" from the Roman-Catholic Church in the 1500s when many Christians in eastern Anatolia converted to Catholicism. They were given the name Chaldean-Catholic, although they are actually the descendants of the Hittites. Their conversion to Christianity began soon after Jesus, which is the reason they still retain Neo-Aramaic as a spoken language, since Aramaic was the main language of the area at the time of their conversion, and it is still used as a second language of the modern populatio


Where Are they Located?

World War I caused the population to move outside of Anatolia, mainly south to Mesopotamia for a few generations, and more recent problems in Mesopotamia have caused the majority of the population to be scattered around the world. Some still live as minorities in what is currently called Iraq and Iran, while large populations exist in America, Canada, Australia, Europe, and elsewhere.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Those still living in Muslim-majority areas are generally persecuted to some degree. The majority elsewhere have often become successful in business, and in other professions as well.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority claim to follow the Chaldean-Catholic beliefs, which is an Eastern Church of Catholicism, unique in some ways from other forms of Catholicism.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Chaldean in United States.


Profile Source:   Christopher Younan  

People Name General Chaldean
People Name in Country Chaldean
Alternate Names Kildanean
Population this Country 1,600
Population all Countries 131,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11295
ROP3 Code 101983
ROP25 Code 301647
ROP25 Name Chaldean
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Detroit (over 80,000) and California   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Detroit (over 80,000) and California.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Chaldean Neo-Aramaic (1,600 speakers)
Language Code cld   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chaldean Neo-Aramaic (1,600 speakers)
Language Code cld   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chaldean Neo-Aramaic
Photo Source Christopher Younan 
Profile Source Christopher Younan 
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