Why Thai people have long surnames?

Why are Thai last names long?

Longer names are more likely to belong to immigrants honoring both countries and wishing to differentiate themselves from others in their clan or family line who remained in their home country. For this reason, some Thai family names do not translate easily or at all to English but do translate to Chinese.

Why Thai names are so weird?

Thais historically only used short names, the names that today would be considered nicknames. There were no clans in the Thailand of old, and so no identifying naming conventions were needed. Only the Royal Family had official names, taken from the ancient language of Sanskrit.

What are typical Thai last names?

Most Common Last Names In Thailand

Rank Surname Incidence
1 Saetang 89,926
2 Chen 88,520
3 Saelim 86,176
4 Wang 84,369

How do Thai surnames work?

The ‘family name’ (or ‘surname’) is inherited from one’s parents and shared with other members of the individual’s immediate family. Thai names are traditionally patrilineal, whereby children inherit their father’s family name at birth. Most women will take their husband’s surname upon marriage.

What does Nanno mean in Thai?

Nanno (Girl From Nowhere)

What is a common Thai name?

Common Thai Names For Males

  • Somchai (สมชาย) – Real Man Or Man Of Worth.
  • Somsak (สมศักดิ์) – Worthy Of Honor.
  • Arthit (อาทิตย์) – Sun.
  • Kittisak (กิตติศักดิ์) – Renowned, Powerful.
  • Malee (มะลิ) – Flower/Jasmine.
  • Anong (อนงค์) – Beautiful.
  • Pornthip (พรทิพย์) – Divine Blessing.
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Is it disrespectful to call a Thai person by their name?

Calling Thais with their official name is not disrespectful. We do use our first name a lot and we don’t mind if anyone call us with our full name. It’s just too long and formal so we tend to use nickname among family and friends.