Know The 8 Most Common Thai Names And Examine Their Meaning

We all want our kid’s names to shine in the future. Parents expect that they would create their own unique identity. They wish that their children would be well-known by their names. So, parents often take a long time to decide the names of their children.

Some parents even go through a combing operation on the internet, to investigate the most suitable names of their newborns. They also keep in mind the meaning of the name, as they think that the meaning may induce that positive quality in their kid’s soul and character too.

Thai people are no different. The small, simple, and meaningful names made us think about the various aspects of Thai names and analyse the meanings of some of the most common Thai names.

Thai Names Distinguish Gender-

After listening to some names, it is difficult to guess which one is a male name or a female name. For example, the name “Jotuporn” suggests four blessings. Both male and female can be named as ‘Jatuporn.’ However, many years ago, you could determine the gender of the person by name.

As an example, the name ‘Somchai’ suggests the male gender as ‘chai’ means ‘male.’ On the other hand, the name ‘Mali’ can be referred to as a female as ‘Mali’ suggests flower.

Somchai is a male name, and probably more than 240k people are already using it.

Somsak is a male name. One can determine it as a common name. Somsak, as the name of a boy, is pretty much familiar. It is like ‘John’ in English.

Shorten The Name In One-Syllable Nickname-

One can shorten the name by reducing the syllables from his or her 3 or more syllable names. We tend to pick up the last or first syllables from the long names while summoning the person. A person, whose name is ‘Kullawat’ can be remembered by the nickname ‘Kul’.

Thai-Sanskrit And Thai-Pali Influence In Thai Names-

In recent times, the name of the Thai person is given according to Thai-Sanskrit or Thai-Pali by his or her family or parents. Most of the Thai people’s names are consists of compound words and usually carries a meaning in each word. For instance, the above name “kullawat” comes from ‘kul’ and ‘wat’ and has ‘a’ as a glue in the middle. Respectively, the word ‘kul’ and ‘wat’ suggests ‘family’ and ‘leader’. Hence, ‘Kullawat’ means ‘a leader of family’.

Go through The List Of The 8 Most Common Thai Names And Meaning-

1. Paithoon-

It is a common Thai name that has a twist in the meaning. This name identically suggests a deadly snake. Though it is a bit surprising, the name refers to a person having impressive eyesight. So, this name can roughly refer to the ‘cat’s eye.’ The name Paithoon fits the person who has a keen observation.

However, this name also carries different meanings depending on the region you belong. Regardless of the region, the name is prescribed for a person who has innate talent and observation power. This is one of the rare unisex names in Thai. So, you can suggest the names for both male and females.

2. Malee-

Parents go through different approaches while deciding a suitable name for their baby. Sometimes, they take time to find a name for their baby. Often, they decide on a name for their offspring even before conceiving. Some parents also give a name to their baby when they hear the baby’s first cry.

Malee is one of the purest Thai names. Parents who give a proper name to the baby after seeing their innocent face and listening the first cry would probably end up giving the most genuine name. Malee is a female name. The Thai English translation of Malee is ‘flower’. Though it is a very simple and fantastic name, it reflects the beauty of the innocent newborn.

3. Arthit-

During the 1990s, Thailand has gone through a resurgence in traditions and local culture. Besides the strong national identity, music, dance, local food, beliefs, and celebrations play a significant role in Thai life.

Moreover, Thai is the home of fantastic fable, culture, and religion. The Thai name, which reflects all these cultural aspects, is Arthit. It is a male name. The origin of this word means ‘Man of the Sun.’This name carries a legacy of Thai culture, religion, and mythology.

Once, a male deity named ‘Surya’ was omnipresent in Thailand. He used to hold two lotus buds in his hands, which recall the power of the Sun. Many myths are heard related to the Sun God’s son. The name ‘Arthit’ signifies that the baby is a gift from the Sun God.

Besides, another meaning of this name is persistent, hardworking, and strong.

4. Somchai

This is another common Thai name which has an impactful meaning. Though this is a simple name, it carries royalty with the meaning. In English, it translates to ‘king.’ Many decades ago, there was a taboo that only royal families and people belong to high social rankings only use this name without any problem.

Then, if you give your child the name ‘Chakrii’ belonging from a low-income family, society will mock you.

But now, the scenario has changed, and Thailand has got over the stigma. The society now gives more freedom to the family members in deciding the name of their choice. Even they have become less judgmental about the aptness of the name based on the socio-economic background.

One can simply translate this name to ‘King.’ But from a wider perspective, the meaning stated that ‘A man who will become a king one day.’ As the meaning suggests, it is a masculine name. Though this a clichéd name, all parents desire their son to be called in an epic name like it.

6. Preeda-

All parents long for their children's happiness. The name ‘Preeda’ is usually given to a female child to be joyous in the future. Parents love their baby laughing and giggling at them. Some people may suggest this name to a Thai baby seeing them smiling innocently. Again this name indicates the simplicity of a child’s nature.

7. Duangkamol-

A thing that comes from the heart is the most precious thing. Technically it is a unisex name. Whether it is singing, dancing, making gifts, and a simple conversation, the gestures that come from the core of the heart, worth more than a million dollar. It is more authentic and less artificial. This is what the name ‘Duangkamol’ suggests. This unisex Thai name means ‘from the heart’.

8. Anong-

It is a common Thai feminine name with a clear and straightforward meaning. The name ‘Anong’ is derived from the Thai word ‘gorgeous.’ Countless females cherish to have this name, and sure enough, they want to be gorgeous. However, a pretty girl must wish her name to justify her beauty.

When they are called ‘Anong,’ they are always prompted to nourish their beauty and take care of their health. It is to note that a lot of people do not know the meaning. Still, the purpose of the name has a specific effect on the owners.

To conclude, there are listless Thai names that may fit the identity of your son or daughter. Only finding the appropriate one would be a little tough task.

A name is not only a mere word in which we call a person. It is a symbol and a reminder of their character, views, thoughts, and values to their parents and dear ones.

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