Chaldean, Neo-Aramaic in United States





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The "magi from the east" told the people of Mesopotamia about the birth of the Messiah. When St. Thomas the Apostle went there after the ascension of Jesus, the people quickly converted, already knowing of Jesus since His birth. Most of their modern prayers and beliefs have not changed since the time of Christ. They have been Chaldean-Catholic since the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, but have continuously been Christian since the time of Jesus. They have struggled in their history by persecutions from Persians, Arabs, Mongols, and Kurds.

Where Are they Located?

The Chaldeans live in Iraq and the Middle East, mostly in Northern Iraq, and also in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America with a significant concentration in the Metro Detroit area.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Throughout their struggles, they have kept much of their culture. Many have become successful entrepreneurs and educated people. An area of Detroit on 7 Mile has been officially designated "Chaldean Town".

What Are Their Beliefs?

In America, many have left the Catholic faith, yet the majority still claim Chaldean-Catholicism.

What Are Their Needs?

God will provide for their needs if they have faith.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Christians in Iraq who struggle in a Muslim country hostile to Christians.

Profile Source:   Christopher Younan  

People Name General Chaldean
People Name in Country Chaldean, Neo-Aramaic
Population in United States 90,000
World Population 199,000
Countries 6
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kildanean
Affinity Bloc Arab World
People Cluster Assyrian / Aramaic
People Name General Chaldean
Ethnic Code CMT31
People ID 11295
Country United States
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Detroit (over 80,000) and California.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chaldean Neo-Aramaic (90,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chaldean Neo-Aramaic 90,000
For Primary Language: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1992)
New Testament Yes   (2006)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Aramaic New Testament Text / Printed Matter
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
100.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Christopher Younan  
Profile Source: Christopher Younan  
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