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    I noticed that most Thai people have different last names. I was just wondering in Thailand is there a common last name that exist? Like here in the states Smith and Jones are ubiquitous last names. Is there such a thing like that in Thailand?

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    No there is not. In 1913 Rama VI decided that all thais should have a last name, and every family had to choose a differnt name. Therefor if someone have the same last name, they are family.

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    no common last name i think. i had two friends in class had " Yodsuwan" as family names but they were not relatives and never knew each other before.

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    Getting to the subject about Thai surnames again: here we have two Thais undecided to whether two Thais with the same surname are related or not.

    Personally, i do not believe so.

    Certainly, it was decided way back that all Thais should have a different surname, however those were days before the computer and a certain ambiguity definitely erupted within different borders/provinces etc..

    Thai name as a whole are very well prefixed/suffixed in accords to 'Pali' and the chances that surnames would clash were inevitable.
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    I don't know if this might answer your question but the suffix -kul in thai last name seems to be common (to me), maybe not as common as Johnson, Jackson, etc. Well,I can't give you any names right off the bat but if you look at a list I'm pretty sure you'll find at least 1 name with the suffix -kul.

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    Re: Thai last names

    Hello, I happen to be translating a Thai family name from Japanese spelling (katakana) to English spelling (Roman letters).

    The Japanese spelling is ティアウスクル. Could something like "Tiaoskle" in Roman letters??

    The ティ might sound like "ti"

    The アウ might sound like "au" or "ao", I don't know.

    The ス is maybe "su" or just "s". Again, I don't know.

    The ク could be "ku" "cu" or just "K"

    The ル might be "lu" or "le"

    If anyone could help me with the spelling of the name in Roman letters, that would be excellent!!! Thank you!!!

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    Re: Thai last names

    you can bet that we usually have long last names too!

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    Re: Thai last names

    Quote Originally Posted by djspydaz View Post
    you can bet that we usually have long last names too!
    I met a Thai guy whose surname is composed of 26 letters. Don't expect me to be able to remember that!

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    Re: Thai last names

    Quote Originally Posted by Marie View Post
    I met a Thai guy whose surname is composed of 26 letters. Don't expect me to be able to remember that!
    hahaha...oh wow. would be cool if it comprised of each letter of the alphabet. LOL

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    Re: Thai last names

    For several weeks after I met Mr. X I carried his name around on a slip of paper so I could study it in my spare time ~ xx xx xxx - xx xx xx xxxxx ~ with appropriate pronunciation marks.

    What, no middle name? I asked!
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