Popular Nicknames For Thailand School Girls

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Nicknames In Thailand

Nicknames are popularly used in Thailand. Everyone has one ranging from the Prime Minister to the lowest ranking maid in a rich man's house.

For more than six years, I taught at an all-girls elementary school in the greater Bangkok area of Thailand. Many of the nicknames of my students were very funny, colorful, and unusual. In this hub I attempt to classify and give examples of different kinds of nicknames used by school girls in my EFL classes.

Thai Names And The Addressing of People Using Names

All Thais have a given name, nickname, and a surname just like Americans. The given name is written preceding the family name as in the United States. The only difference is that Thais have one given name instead of two which most Americans have. When Thais address all people by their name, they are much less formal than Americans and prefer calling persons by their first name or nickname. My students address me as Mr. Paul or Teacher Paul. Even the former Prime Minister is referred to by her first name Yinluck instead of her surname Ms. Shinawatra. Informally, people call her by her nickname, Pu, which means crab.

Thai Nicknames For Girls

As early as birth, Thai girls are given a nickname by their parents. This nickname is a shortened form of their given name or it can be the name of an animal, fruit, color, taste, or object in space.

When girls begin school, they can be given other nicknames based on their size, height, and skin color.

School girls begin studying English in primary school, and at this time some of them will take on an English name or nickname, especially if they are enrolled in an English Program type of immersion study. Some of the names are traditional western names; however, quite a few of the nicknames are very colorful, unusual, and even funny.

There are also some students of mixed nationality who will use Chinese or Japanese given names or nicknames.

A Classification of Nicknames for Thai Girl Students

A classification of nicknames for school girls with representative examples follows in this article. All of these nicknames are taken from students who have been in my elementary EFL classes.

1. Thai Nicknames Formed by Shortening Given Names

Nickname - Given Name

Pim - Pimnapat

Mai - Samai

Pat - Patcharapon or Patcharee

Na - Krisana

Ploy - Ploylarin

2. Thai Nicknames From Animals

Nickname - Animal

Kai - chicken

Pu - crab

Kung - shrimp

Pla - fish

Nok - bird

Moddam - black ant

Pet - duck

3. Thai and English Nicknames From Fruit

Nickname - Fruit

Som - orange

Noi-na - custard apple

Tangmo - watermelon

Tangkua - pickle

Som-o - pomelo

Cherry - cherry

Pear - pear

Peach - peach

Maprang - marian pear

Oy - sugarcane

Kanoon - jackfruit

4. Thai Nicknames From Size

Nickname - Size

Oon - fat

Joi - slim

Lek - small

Nit - tiny

Noi - little

Pui - heavy or plump

5. Thai and English Nicknames for Objects in Space

Nickname - Space Object

Tao - star

Tuang - moon

Fah - sky

Venus - Venus

Uranus - Uranus

6. Thai and English Nicknames from Colors

Nickname - Color

Daeng - red

Som - orange

Chom-poo - pink

Green - green

7. Traditional English Names and Nicknames

Grace

June

Rebecca

Sarah

May

Naomi

Lily

Eve

Ann

Katie

Amy

Christina

8. Non-traditional English Nicknames

Piano

Guitar

Ink

Golf

Benz

Proud

Queen

Dream

Best

Bonus

Guide

Beer

Cartoon

Ice

Donut

Pancake

Jazz

Atom

Nurse

Earn

9. Chinese Nicknames

Ling-Ling

Ting-Ting

Ziang

Mulan

Ming

Jia-Ing

10. Japanese Nicknames

Yuki

Fuji

Yuri

11. Nicknames from Flowers
Jasmine

Rose

Lily

I usually called students in class by their nicknames, because these names are much shorter and easier to say than either the given or surnames. I'm sure that school boys' names are just as interesting as girls', however I haven't taught enough boys and don't have enough examples. Hopefully, this hub will give you an appreciation for Thai school girl nicknames.



© 2012 Paul Richard Kuehn

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Peter Dickinson 4 years ago from Southeast Asia

Fascinating. I knew some of this but you have really widened my knowledge. Thank You.


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Thanks for stopping by and the favorable comment, Peter. As soon as I teach more boys I'll do a hub about their names.


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

I knew nothing about Thailand before reading this hub, now I know next to nothing. Thanks for the enlightenment!

I can only imagine how a girl would be called 'Piano'.


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

You know, Phil, when I met my first student with the nickname of "Piano", I asked her if she could play the piano and that was the reason she was called "Piano." She couldn't play the piano and didn't know why she was given that name. I can only speculate that maybe her mother or a close relative played the piano.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Paul, this is extremely interesting. Most Indians also nickname their newborn based on the looks because that is the only feature that is visible at that time and one needs to call the infant by some name. A nickname makes it that much easier.

Voted this hub up, interesting, shared.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Rajan,

Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub. I plan on doing an article on nicknames for Thai boys in the future. I especially appreciate you sharing this hub.


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mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

wow, Benz, bonus, beer :) really interesting :D , If anyone knew all three girls he can say that he has Benz with a bonus beer :)


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Mr. veg, Thank you for reading this hub and your very interesting comment.


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ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

I lived in Asia for many years and have seen my fair share of weird nicknames, earning a few myself. I guess I had lived there for so long it did not even occur to me about how weird it must look. I know a few guys names, black crow, monkey, 12 gauge, king kong, anaconda, crocodile, mouse, newspaper, fat bike and 6 dice.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

ketage,

Thank you for your interesting and great comments on this hub. The names which you mention are funny and I have heard a few Thai males here with some of those nicknames.


sheenna 15 months ago

various nicki names

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