In Thailand, family names are so long and unique because you are not supposed to have the same last names as someone if you’re not related.
Are all Thai last names different?
As a measure of the diversity of Thai names, in a sample of 45,665 names, 81% of family names were unique and 35% of given names were unique. The people with shared family names are related, and the diversity of given names is conventional.
How many Thai last names are there?
Most Common Last Names In Thailand
Forebears knows about 2,435,104 unique surnames in Thailand and there are 28 people per name.
Why do Thai names start with P?
“Pee” means brother or sister with regard to someone familiar to you of similar or greater age. It doesn’t mean they are a blood relation – just someone familiar. “Nong” is the equivalent word for anyone younger than you. Nong, on its own, can also be used to summon a waiter/waitress at a restaurant.
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.