Top 10 most Common Thai nicknames, and some weird ones

Sawatdee ka,

I got a question from one of my YouTube viewers asking what my nickname ‘Mod’ means, so I post this question on my Facebook page and received a few more questions regarding nicknames. A few people would like to know the most common Thai nicknames, so I searched for it and found “Top 10 most common Thai nicknames” surveyed by the The Ministry of Culture of Thailand.

1.เมย์ May /may/ : It is a girl’s nickname. I am sure every May was born in May.

2.พลอย Ploy/ploy/ : It is a girl’s nickname, meaning precious stone or gem.

Thai super star named ‘Ploy’

3.แนน Nan /naen/ : It is a girl’s nickname. This is not Thai language, these days Thai parents like to name their children with Western names.

4.ไอซ์ Ice /ái/ : It is both girl and boy’s name. It is a fashion nowadays that Thai parents choose an English word they think it sounds cool or cute to name their babies.

5.แบงค์ Bank : Boy’s name. Yep! It is another English word-that-sounds-cool-to-Thai-ears name.

6.น้ำ Nahm /náam/ means ‘water’. It’s a girl’s name.

7.ฟ้า Fah /fáa/ : Girl’s name meaning ‘sky’, ‘blue color’, or the short word for นางฟ้า /naang-fáa/ meaning ‘angel’

8.นิว New /niu/ : It is both girl and boy’s name. Another chosen English word.

9.บอล Ball /bon/ : boy’s name, as in round object you kick or throw or hit in a game

10.เบียร์ Beer /bia/ : Yes, it is ‘beer’ like in English meaning. Please don’t ask me why parents would want to name their children like this. Hopefully they are not alcoholic. 😛

I was laughing  when I read these names in the list because I know many people with those names. I think I know about 10 guys named บอล “Ball”.

Once in a while my friends and I discuss the topic ‘Why new- generation Thai parents have to name their babies with weird nicknames?’. The most strange nickname I ever heard of is สเตตัส ‘status’ , this is a name of my high school mate’s baby boy.  She did update a lot of Facebook statuses during her pregnancy.

Thai kids in my generation or my parent’s are named after cute and small animals like แมว Maew (cat), นก Nok (bird), ปู Poo (crab), ปลา Pla (fish), กวาง Kwang (deer) etc. Those names seem to be uninteresting in present day, so people came up with some cooler names like “แร็คคูน”(Raccoon) who has brothers named  “บีเวอร์” (Beaver) and  “ชิพมั้งค์” (Chipmunk)!!



If you think those names are not weird enough, a famous Thai actor named his baby boy แอร์บัส (Airbus). He probably would like his son to be a pilot in the future:)

Air Bus: a leading aircraft manufacturer, with the most modern and comprehensive aircraft family.


There are still so many exotic Thai nicknames on my list that I have to write Part 2 and 3.  I would like you to share more exotic Thai nicknames you know:)


Nickname in Thai is ชื่อเล่น /chue (falling tone) – len (falling tone)/ ; ชื่อ/chue (falling tone)/ means ‘name’ , เล่น / len (falling tone)/ means ‘play’.


Fact: Every Thai person has a first name and a nickname aka chue len. Parents give their children a chue len, in addition to a formal given name.  80% of cases the chue len is a single syllable. Occasionally, the chue len is a shortened version of the first name, but more often it is completely unrelated. The first name is used only in formal situation, or outside personal life; for example when doing business transactions. In informal case chue len is commonly used and even introduced oneself to a new friend, and the other may not discover the person’s formal name 🙂

King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s nickname  is Ong Lek (องค์เล็ก); Ong is a numerative noun for kings, princes, princesses, priests, images of Buddha, gods, angels, palaces, pagodas; “Lek” means “little (one)”, a common name for younger siblings.


Do you know anyone named in the Top 10 list?


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126 Responses to Top 10 most Common Thai nicknames, and some weird ones

  1. mahasiswa 09/05/2018 at 13:41 #

    could someone use “ploy” as real name?
    not nickname?

    ex: ploy sornarin

    it’s her real name or just a nickname?

    • Mod 10/05/2018 at 15:28 #

      Ploy is usually a nickname but some people might use it as a real name too. From your example it looks like “sornarin” is her real name and Ploy is the nickname.

  2. Sunner Cyruz 11/04/2018 at 05:28 #

    Sawatdii khrub Khun mod na, i am a new student taking up Masters Degree in Thammasat University in Bangkok. And sure very thai i have met have their nick names. One of my thai seatmate like to call me “Artith”, and she’s always sayin’ that it suits me well. What does it mean then? Btw, Learning your language is both very challenging and fulfilling. Khob khun na khrub!

    • Mod 22/04/2018 at 22:11 #

      Sawatdii ka Khun Sunner, you are my university’s junior. 🙂

      Artith in Thai is spelled “อาทิตย์ /aa-tít/” means “the sun” and also means “Sunday”. It is a nice name, my nephew is also named Artith.

  3. Laya 11/01/2018 at 00:25 #

    Hi, Could someone please tell me what is the meaning of the names “Ling” and “Tia” in Lao?

  4. Sue 04/01/2018 at 06:30 #

    Hi. how about KungKung? What does it mean? thanks

    • Mod 25/03/2018 at 10:25 #

      I am sorry I don’t know what the word mean without seeing it written in Thai. It doesn’t sound like a Thai word. Many parents nowadays like to name their children with a foreign word.

  5. Luz Santos 07/11/2017 at 14:10 #

    Hi! I have a workmate who keeps calling me “susi/suzy” and i dont know what it means. She is thai. Can you give the meaning of it? Thank ypu very much!

    • Mod 04/04/2018 at 23:55 #

      I am sorry I don’t know either.

  6. Joseph 02/10/2017 at 06:15 #

    Hello Ms Mod. The question of a name has brought me to you.– โดนัท ? Origin/Reason ?

    • Joseph 02/10/2017 at 17:16 #

      Also I think the translation is Donut. In Scottish and English lands they would use it to call someone stupid.

      • Joseph 02/10/2017 at 17:36 #

        And I really hope this isn’t the case. This person is in their 30s… but the name is Donut or Donnat.

  7. Jake 07/08/2017 at 15:22 #

    Hello! What does “Fluke” mean as a nickname for a Thai male?? Is that just another English word that people thought sounded cool, like Bank?

    • Mod 30/09/2017 at 16:05 #

      Yes, “Fluke” is English word. I don’t know why people use it as a Thai nickname just like “Bank”. 🙂

  8. Micky 28/06/2017 at 16:58 #

    Can you give me a nickname or maybe full name? My name is Micky.

    • Mod 10/07/2017 at 10:11 #

      Micky is already a good name and some Thai people also has this name as a nickname. There is no need to change but if you would like to have a Thai name I suggest that you could ask someone you know in Thailand who knows you well and they can give you a name with a good meaning that suits your personality. 🙂

      • Vincent Savage 28/07/2017 at 07:48 #

        What does the nickname ” Katoon ” mean for a girl ? Not sure how it’s spelled so I spelled it like it sounds to my American ears.

        • Mod 30/09/2017 at 16:14 #

          “การ์ตูน /gaa-dtuun/ is the English word “cartoon”, but we use it with Thai pronunciation. Some people think it sounds cute so they use it as a nickname. There are many more English words that are used as nickname for Thai people such as “donut”, “cookie”, “guitar” etc.

      • Dell 20/10/2017 at 13:13 #

        I asked. The suggested Moo :p

  9. Cheryl 25/06/2017 at 07:38 #

    We named our Korat cat Fah Si Baht as a play on wordso sound like fuzzy butt and blue colored expensive cat..his little brother was named Sri Stang meaning cheap change or cheaper than an expensive blue cat.
    Then we called him Tong Tong.
    Now Fah Si Baht has passed and we re getting a kitten and are thinking of a name…husband likes Si ya bhat hehehe any sugestions?

  10. PattayaTV 03/06/2017 at 12:12 #

    What about ‘Porn’? What does this mean in Thai?

    • Mod 05/06/2017 at 11:31 #

      The name Porn or as it is written “พร /pawn/” in Thai means ‘blessing’. It is a common girl name in Thailand.

  11. Dewi 04/05/2017 at 20:21 #

    Sawat dee kha mod,

    What the meaning of manao? I moved to Hat Yai and my friend gave that name. Hope that is a positive thing 🙂

    • Mod 06/06/2017 at 11:03 #

      มะนาว /má-naao/ means ‘lime’. It is also used as a nickname for girls. It sounds cute. 🙂

  12. Areeya 09/12/2016 at 01:10 #

    Hello! Could you please tell me the meaning of my thai name ‘areeya’ or ‘aria’ and my nickname ‘bock’ or ‘pock’? thank you very much!

  13. Hathaiphat 01/12/2016 at 21:04 #

    Hello! Im born in Thailand and my parents are Thai but we moved to Sweden so I can’t read Thai. I have always wonder what my name means.
    Hathaiphat is my formal name and Nook is my nick name.

    My mother remarried and give birth to a boy and she named him

    • Mod 06/12/2016 at 09:21 #

      Hathai หทัย means ‘heart’ and หทัยภัทร means ‘kind heart’. What a beautiful name! 🙂

  14. Adrian 05/11/2016 at 05:17 #

    Hi Mod,

    My thai nickname is เอ็ด, may i know what it means?

    Thank you!

    • Mod 06/12/2016 at 13:55 #

      Sawatdii ka Adrain, thank เอ็ด on its own has no meaning. Some Thai nicknames don’t have a meaning, they are just a short version of the full name.

  15. Dũng 29/08/2016 at 09:47 #

    so basically your Mod name means what?

    • Mod 06/12/2016 at 17:13 #

      It means ‘ant’. 🙂

  16. Saaisamoon 05/05/2016 at 18:19 #

    Hi Mod! So I have something I have wanted to know since forever basically, so my mom is adopted from Thailand and there she was apparently given the name “Saaisamoon” now I wonder if that really is a name and what it means also how to pronounce it because I just pronounce it as it’s spelled. 🙂

    • Mod 10/05/2016 at 12:13 #

      Sawatdii ka, I am afraid I can’t tell the correct meaning and the pronunciation of your mom’s name without seeing it written in Thai.

    • hana 12/09/2016 at 13:57 #

      “Saisamorn” or “Saisamon”

      Write in Thai as : สายสมร
      you can look up for this word

      pronounce : sai-sa-morn

      it means a beloved woman

  17. Yod 30/04/2016 at 08:10 #

    Hai mod, im not a thai, im from the northern parts of malaysia but my parents give nickname yod. What does it mean?

    • Mod 02/05/2016 at 20:46 #

      Hi Yod, I am afraid I can’t tell the right meaning of your nickname without seeing the Thai spelling. There are two possibilities; it could be ยศ which means ‘ prestige’ or ยอด which means ‘the best.’ Both names are very positive. 🙂

  18. borabora 29/03/2016 at 11:38 #

    hi Mod’ my first name is thai, would you suggest a nick for me? i’m male born in january. kop kun maak 🙂

    • Mod 07/04/2016 at 18:15 #

      Sawatdii ka Thai. Your first name is already short so you can use it as a nickname as well. Usually Thai people’s first names are a few syllable long, so a shorter name is given as a nickname. 🙂

  19. Frank 21/02/2016 at 18:41 #

    I have a dear Thai friend, her name is La. Her father said hopefully when she was born, this will be mij LAst daughter.
    La has a doughter named Stamp, because she was born on World stamp day.

    I talked to a nice Thai lady in the airplane. She told me about her daughter named Yá.
    I asked her Yá meaning pill??? Yes she answerd, mij beautifull daughter Yá was born because I forget to take pill.

    Some friends gave me the Thai nick name Chang Nam. I am a serious big man. When they saw me jump in a little swimmingpool first time, and everybody got wet, then they knew my name……..

    • Mod 07/04/2016 at 18:55 #

      Thank you for sharing your interesting story. Your Thai nick name is cute. 🙂

  20. Dulce 07/02/2016 at 05:55 #

    Hi, Mod!
    My name is Dulce, pronounced: Dawn-say. Which means “sweet” in Latin.
    Which Thai name/nickname do you think is better for me? Daw or Dao?
    If neither are ok, what do you think I should use as a nickname?

    • Mod 08/02/2016 at 17:44 #

      Sawatdii ka Dulce,

      ‘Dao’ sounds lovely in Thai but ‘daw’ is not, so I wuld go for ‘Dao’ which means stars in Thai. 🙂

      • Dulce 11/02/2016 at 11:01 #

        Thank you, Mod. Sounds lovely!

        • Mod 16/02/2016 at 12:32 #

          My pleasure. Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  21. Natty 14/08/2015 at 14:07 #

    Meaning of name natty or nattapon

  22. Mike 12/07/2015 at 22:08 #

    I am a little surprised that Noi and Lek are not in the top ten.. but maybe they are from an older generation.

  23. top tablets 2015 15/06/2015 at 15:50 #

    Great article.

  24. tuk 09/06/2015 at 17:35 #

    today thais tend to nickname their new born babies with the most ancient thai words as most as possible as thais think that’s the most modern way of life

    The superrich thais nickname thieir new born babies with the ancient simple thai words e.g. nam khao (rice water)
    My newphew named his new born baby with the most ancient thai word i.e Mintra, and the official name for the baby is apichaya to be cute.

  25. Carla 23/05/2015 at 16:49 #

    Hello Mod
    Many thanks for this very interesting blog.
    We met a wonderful Thai girl during our first visit to Thailand. Her nickname was Pem (phonetic) Do you know the right spelling and meaning as we would like to use the nickname for our kitten provided it is not irrespectful… Many thanks

    • Mod 18/07/2015 at 12:30 #

      Hi Carla,
      First of all, apologies for the delay in my response.

      Accordingly to your phonetic spelling in writing, it is difficult to tell what is the exact name. However, the name “เพ็ญ Pen” is a common name for Thai girls, it means ‘the moon’. It could be เปรม bprem which means ‘joyful’.

  26. ThailandBreeze 02/02/2015 at 15:06 #

    Hello Khun Mod,

    It’s interesting that only 3 out of 10 popular Thai nicknames are Thai. The grass is usually greener on the other side of the fence, isn’t it? 🙂

    I also have a question about your nickname. Why did you get this cute nickname “Mod”?

    • Mod 04/03/2015 at 23:30 #

      Sawatdee ka, thank you for reading my post and sorry for my late response. Thai Parents give nickname to their children, and my mom gave this nickname to me. 🙂

  27. harrybear! 05/01/2015 at 07:54 #

    hey กวาง Kwang (deer) its gwaan, ก=g, ว= w, า=aa, ง=n

    • Mod 05/03/2015 at 10:36 #

      All is correct , only ง = ‘ng’. 🙂

      • Earle Stewart 06/06/2015 at 09:07 #

        Hi Mod
        I brought my Thai wife and kids to the USA, but I don’t know the meaning of their names. Can you help?

        Pornphan (Pun)
        Thanakorn (Noom)
        Nopphawan (Mod!!!)
        Thank you.

        • Mod 13/07/2015 at 19:52 #

          Sawatdee ka Earle,

          Apologies for the delay in my response.

          Thai names are not common words that use in everyday life. We have to search in a specific dictionary and also have to know the exact spelling in Thai to get the exact meaning. If you can get their name in Thai language, I could help look them up for you. 🙂

  28. Sridhar 08/12/2014 at 04:54 #

    I have a special affinity to Thailand and Thai people and I have been there twice on visits. As I have studied Samskrit, my favorite pastime is to decipher the Samskrit roots and meaning of Thai names. Much as I respect people choosing Western sounding nick names, I am afraid one is bound to lose their culture and language unless efforts are made to cultivate them. I have lived and worked in the US for over 30 years but I find people do learn names in alien languages and respect you for that.

  29. Jamie 06/10/2014 at 05:07 #

    Is there any way to submit an inquiry about nicknames privately (one that doesn’t get posted for the public to read)? I’m writing a book with a Thai character in it, and I don’t want all those details “out there” before I get it published. 😉

  30. Jamie 06/10/2014 at 05:00 #

    test (not sure if this site is still used)

    • Mod 05/03/2015 at 12:07 #

      It is still used and updated often. 🙂

  31. ferdaws 03/10/2014 at 12:32 #

    Hi.What is the meaning of patty ?one of my friends is from Thailand and her name is patty I would like to know the meaning of her name

    • Mod 05/03/2015 at 12:08 #

      Patty is not a Thai word. It is becoming more common for Thai people to use English names for their nicknames.:)

      • tuk 09/06/2015 at 17:36 #

        that is not widely used.

  32. Suzanne 03/07/2014 at 22:39 #

    Nice article. I always think that the nickname says so much about the parents, and what they do. Pugan is the kid of an artist. Bouquet from the florist. And guess what Khanom Jin’s parents sell for a living?
    What I don’t understand is the names that parents can’t even pronounce, like Ice becoming Ai and Grace pronounced as Kate?

    • Mod 08/07/2014 at 17:18 #

      Some parents think it sounds cool to have English name. 🙂

      • tuk 09/06/2015 at 17:38 #

        today that’s obsolete.

        to be modern for today, thais nickname their new born babies with ancient thai words i.e nam khao (rice water) which is the nickname of the new baby of the superrich thai married to a thai superstar.

  33. Emil 30/06/2014 at 07:46 #

    This morning i met a Thai student who told me her name was Mo (falling tone \) = Pearl. Could she expect to be called Pearl as much as Mo or only Mo? She also said that there are 5 tones in Thai: / \ – v so i am wondering what the fifth is: circumflex (in lieu of the key on my English keyboard or some other)? Fascinating topic for someone interested in names and languages like me or for most people.

  34. Lonce 12/06/2014 at 07:14 #

    My best friend’s name is Ice, like on the list! I remember, during the first days after we met, I was so confuse with nicknames and real names. I didn’t understand why her nickname is Ice but her real name doesn’t sound like that at all and is very long. She explained me that every Thai person has a nickname given by their parents.

  35. Jamie 10/05/2014 at 13:23 #

    Do a lot of people (foreigners, maybe) ask monks to give them nicknames? I’d love for a monk to name me! I’m an English major as of now and becoming an English teacher in Thailand serves as my motivation to finish!

    • Mod 14/05/2014 at 23:53 #

      I think most foreign people ask their friends to give them Thai nicknames. Asking a monk is good too, hope you enjoy the new nickname. 🙂

  36. Chama 14/04/2014 at 04:13 #

    (Y) 🙂

  37. Chama 10/04/2014 at 09:14 #

    Hi my Thai girl friends name is Anishjira and I want to call her with a cute lovely nickname that she will fall in love with me more. I love her so sooo much. Any help? Thank you in advance!!

    • Mod 13/04/2014 at 10:24 #

      Every Thai has a nickname which their perents gave to them the same time as they named their baby. You should ask her what it is. 🙂

  38. mustafa 01/04/2014 at 18:24 #

    i’m looking for a thai nickname for myself. i like em (เอ็ม). is it ok for a male?

    • Mod 02/04/2014 at 18:15 #

      Yes, that’s a common name for a male. 🙂

  39. Stefan 07/03/2014 at 10:54 #

    ผมชื่อสเตฟานนะครับ แล้วส่วนมากคนไทยเรียกผมว่า “ฟาน” เป็นชื่อเล่น

  40. Barry 12/02/2014 at 07:55 #

    I heard the story that newborn babies are given a nickname at birth to prevent the evil spirits from knowing the child’s real name and identity, thus protecting the child from harm.It maybe folklore but I like this explanation!

    • Keith 07/03/2014 at 03:31 #

      I have heard something like this too: that you might not tell a mother her baby is cute, but rather ugly, in order that the evil ผี [pǐi] (ghosts) won’t notice. I think it is definitely in the realm of folklore, though!

  41. Bill 15/12/2013 at 04:59 #

    Hi. I recently met someone who introduced herself as what sounded like “A.” Any ideas as to what name that is? -Thanks

    • Mod 15/12/2013 at 18:27 #

      Sawatdee ka Bill, Thai people also use English for nicknames. “A” is a common nickname for both Thai men and women. 🙂

  42. ริคาร์ต 19/08/2013 at 23:53 #

    I got a thai name from my friends, That name is Yod, but they try explain it to me. But very hard to understand the word meaning. Can you explain for me? Khop khun krub

    • Mod 20/08/2013 at 11:19 #

      I am not sure how you pronounce or spell your Thai nickname in Thai. Yod could be ยอด meaning “the summit, the highest point” or ยศ means “prestige”. It is a nice name:)

  43. Elevate GF 15/08/2013 at 15:20 #

    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who has been conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me dinner due to the fact that I discovered it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this topic here on your website.

    • Mod 16/08/2013 at 14:17 #

      Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad to hear it is useful 🙂

  44. sean 28/07/2013 at 19:53 #

    my Thai girlfriend name is Nan^^.. i want a nickname too but she likes my name already:/

    er … ปู is pronounced poo??><

    • Mod 29/07/2013 at 11:56 #

      ปู is pronounced slightly different than “poo”. When pronouncing the consonant ป, it has no air comes out from your mouth like ‘p’. It is similar to the ‘p’ sound in the words ‘sport’ or ‘spa’ in English. : )

      • Chris 01/08/2014 at 22:58 #

        That was by far the best explaination of ป I have ever read.

        • Mod 04/08/2014 at 13:08 #

          ขอบคุณมากค่ะคุณคริส Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  45. Farang Thai Language Shop 19/07/2013 at 19:08 #

    This post is a good idea. Nicknames often confuse beginners because they hear the word and can’t place it.

  46. Tom 04/07/2013 at 11:18 #

    What about yours mod noi? Don’t want everyone to know you are an ant?? 🙂

  47. Khun Arj 02/07/2013 at 18:04 #

    Thank you for this post Kru Mod. I’ve been watching a lot of Lakorn Thai recently to practice my listening and vocabulary, too.
    Chue-lens are really cute part of being thai. In our country too, we’re very fond of nicknames. Mine is “Tinay” which in thai is “Where?” 5555.. Anyway, when I come to Thailand (hopefully, next year) I’d like to introduce myself to Kon-Thais as “Arj”… Can you help me by writting this in Thai-script Kru Mod? It would really mean the word to me.
    Khop khun maak jing jing naa 🙂
    Hoping to hear from you Kru.
    Rak maak,

  48. rauf 01/07/2013 at 03:02 #

    i have too many nicknames but no one is in the top10 🙁
    my nicknames are : ai auannn, bak auannn, kheeeee mo, pak dee, kuan teen, chooooo chok… & more again 😀

  49. Rudy Lew 30/06/2013 at 16:05 #

    I have a friends whose nickname is Panadol & Envelope isn’t weird ?

  50. Lee B 30/06/2013 at 02:22 #

    My name is Lee so it never gets shortened when I visit Thailand but I met another Lee last time I was there, so I became Lee Neung and she became Lee Song, just to save people getting confused and for fun. I have a friend whose wife is called Nam from the top ten list. I have a friend whose chuue len seems to change all the time, she introduced herself as Pern when I first met her but all her friends call her Phoey, and on facebook she called herself Sonas but she has changed it to her formal name now, yes I am confused! She is a good friend so what’s in a name. Does anyone know the meaning of ‘Pern’, ‘Sonas’ and ‘Phoey’ are in Thai?

  51. ana 29/06/2013 at 20:01 #

    The thai exchange student that will stay in my house, and that I consider as a sister to me, is Fah!
    And my hostsister that I will meet in Aug is May! LOL

    Your videos help me a lot and I miss them :(, I hope you can fix the problem ^^

    Thanks for everything!


  52. Nat 29/06/2013 at 17:13 #

    I notice that when you say ชื่อเล่น, you really need to be careful and use the falling tone while saying เล่น, otherwise thai people will think “len” is part of your name! – It happened to me more than once 😀

    • Mod 29/06/2013 at 19:14 #

      That could happen indeed. I have never thought of that before. Thank you for sharing:)

  53. Matt 29/06/2013 at 09:03 #

    I had “Oom” and “Pako” in my math classes. Next year, “Moom”.

  54. Derek 29/06/2013 at 03:06 #

    My Girlfriend’s nephew has the nickname Mooping I know its something to do with a pig but I’m not sure what,He is only happy when he is eating and that is all the time 55 🙂

    • Mod 29/06/2013 at 09:37 #

      His name is หมูปิ้ง; Moo (หมู) means ‘pork’, bping (ป้ิง) means ‘grill’ ; it means “grilled pork”. He sounds yummy 555

  55. Kevin 29/06/2013 at 02:27 #

    My wife, who is a Thai around kru Mod’s age, is nicknamed Ice, although that was a nickname she picked up from her aunt after she moved to the U.S. Her original chue len was Baby.

  56. Curiosity 29/06/2013 at 02:24 #

    Why thai parrents are giving nicknames at all? Why not just call your son/daughter by their real name?

    • Mod 29/06/2013 at 10:10 #

      Because the real Thai names usually have at least two or three syllables, and sounds formal. Real names are used outside your personal life i.e. the teachers address students at school, when going to the hospital. Somewhat the real Thai names are used like family names are used in some Western cultures.

  57. newtomthai 08/06/2013 at 00:28 #

    yes that’s what they called me in los I think its ok

  58. Simon 27/08/2012 at 04:27 #

    My Thai nickname is Pla. I was given that because Simon, my English name sounds like Salmon to Thai people. A friend ( also called Simon) who smokes was nicknamed Smoked.
    I know a girl who was names Sai ( Sand) by her father. She didn’t like that as it is beneath the feet so she changed her nickname to Mind.

  59. richie 17/08/2012 at 00:57 #

    my nickname is ling noi 🙂

  60. Gary 11/08/2012 at 06:35 #

    Very Nice post Kruu Mod,
    I will add:
    Mam=for Thai women
    Lek= for Thai woman
    Singtho, Singha, Singdtho =Lion
    Singtho is my Thai nickname LOL

  61. David 10/08/2012 at 23:00 #

    It’s funny how in English Raccoon would translate in Thai to “Love You”. I love languages. So interesting

    • Far 28/09/2013 at 21:17 #

      Rak Khun .. Love You … pronounced almost as as Raccoon; so it’s not a translation … 555 (hahaha … 5 is pronounced as ha, ergo 555 means hahaha). I guess you can see the trend.

  62. joe 08/08/2012 at 23:03 #

    my girlfriends parents nick named their kids with names of cars..
    bmw, mercadies benz, jaguar… i think she said it was whatever car her father was driving when they were born..

    • Mod 09/08/2012 at 18:02 #

      Those are pretty cool names;)

  63. Someone you know :) 08/08/2012 at 16:19 #

    Hmmmm… Here it goes! Ame Aum Bow Bowza Bowy Micky Cookie Donut Gift Fresh Patty Natty Nong Pepsi Diamond Candy Dar Golf Niu and Somchai(name for male character in Western novels 555)

  64. Kevin H 07/08/2012 at 21:58 #

    My favorite nickname using a Thai word is ‘Tangkwah’ which means ‘cucumber’. Tangkwaa just sounds so cool!!! And we do use the English phase ‘cool as a cucumber’.

  65. Vincent 07/08/2012 at 19:46 #

    I’m from Malaysia and I have a few Thai acquaintances that I met through my line of work, but I don’t know any of them well enough to be on a nickname basis with them. I refer to them as ‘Khun [first name]’. But my cousin, who is a girl, was given the nickname ‘Porntheep’ by a Thai Buddhist monk when she was a child. Does the name Porntheep mean anything?

    • Seth 30/08/2013 at 10:30 #

      “Porntheep” means divine blessing. Pretty, eh?

  66. Bill 07/08/2012 at 11:05 #

    I would love the nickname Bank. That rocks. If I wasn’t almost 50 years old I would give myself that nickname now.

    • Mod 07/08/2012 at 11:50 #

      ํYou still can have that nickname now:)

  67. Joey 07/08/2012 at 08:51 #

    Most of my friend’s name are on the top list. =)

  68. Tony 07/08/2012 at 08:16 #

    yes i know a few Ploys and Balls, May and a New and a Fah. some weird ones i have come across is Plai, Pang, Milk, Proud, Big (he is short though), Gate, Art, Yo. i would be able to come up with many more if i thought about it harder.

  69. Keith 07/08/2012 at 02:17 #

    ผมรู้จักผู้ชาย ๑ คนชื่อว่า ข้าวเหนียว (ชื่อจริง “Cornell”) ครับ 🙂

    • Mod 07/08/2012 at 11:49 #

      ชื่อน่ารักดีนะคะ แล้วคุณคีธไม่อยากมีชื่อเล่นภาษาไทยบ้างเหรอคะ 🙂

      • Keith 07/03/2014 at 03:25 #

        ตอนนี้ผมไม่สามารถคิดชื่อเล่นอะไรบ้างที่ผมอาจจะชอบได้ครับ อย่างหน่อย คีธ เป็นคำที่มีแค่ 1 พยางค์ แล้วก็ไม่หมายความว่าอะไรที่ไม่สุภาพครับ (หวังว่าข้อนี้เป็นข้อจริงครับ) ​555

        • Mod 10/03/2014 at 12:20 #

          คุณคีธใช้ชื่อเดิมก็ดีแล้วค่ะ ^_^

  70. Christine 07/08/2012 at 00:15 #

    Some of the children in my kids’ informal learning classes have names like: Proud (girl), Grand, Focus, Frame and Thankyou 😀 there are other names but right now these are what I remember

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