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Popular Nicknames For Thailand Schoolgirls

Thailand Schoolgirls

Some of my Thailand Schoolgirls

Some of my Thailand Schoolgirls

Nicknames In Thailand

Nicknames are popularly used in Thailand. Everyone has one, from the Prime Minister to the lowest-ranking maid in a wealthy 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 article, I attempt to classify and give examples of different kinds of nicknames used by schoolgirls in my EFL classes.

Thai Names And The Addressing of People Using Names

All Thai have a given name, nickname, and 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 Yingluck 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.

Schoolgirls 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.

Some students of mixed nationality will use Chinese or Japanese given names or nicknames.

A Classification of Nicknames for Thai Schoolgirls

A classification of nicknames for schoolgirls 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

Pet - Petcharaporn

2. Thai Nicknames From Animals

Nickname - Animal

Kai - chicken

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Pu - crab

Kung - shrimp

Pla - fish

Nok - bird

Moddam - black ant

Pet - duck

3. Thai and English Nicknames From Fruit

Nickname - Fruit

Som - orange

Noina - custard apple

Tangmo - watermelon

Tangkua - pickle

Som-o - pomelo

Cherry - cherry

Pear - Pear

Peach - peach

Maprang - mango plum

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














8. Non-traditional English Nicknames
























9. Chinese Nicknames







10. Japanese Nicknames




11. Nicknames from Flowers



Bua - means Lotus

I always 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 schoolboys' names are just as interesting as girls', however, I haven't taught enough boys and don't have enough examples. Hopefully, this article will give you an appreciation for Thai schoolgirl nicknames.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Paul Richard Kuehn


sheenna on August 20, 2015:

various nicki names

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on May 12, 2013:


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.

ketage from Croatia on May 12, 2013:

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.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on March 31, 2013:

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

mr-veg from Colorado United States on March 30, 2013:

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

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on March 30, 2013:


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.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 30, 2013:

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.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on June 05, 2012:

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.

Phil Plasma from Montreal, Quebec on June 04, 2012:

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'.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on April 12, 2012:

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

Peter Dickinson from South East Asia on April 12, 2012:

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

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