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Changing Names

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I've heard and met some Thai ladies who have changed their names. One said it was because the new name was lucky.

Is this a common thing? Is it really because it's lucky? Just curious . . . .

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I know a few people who've changed their name for various reasons.

One worked in Taiwan. They were only allowed to work there for 2 years at that time. To get around the 2 year maximum working time he would return home, change his name and with new passport return to Taiwan.

Another changed her name when her mother died. The new name was to show respect to her mother.

A couple of guys I know keep changing their names for luck. One of them seems to change his name every 2 years. I never know what name to call him by when we meet.

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It;s certainly a common occurrence.My G/F recently changed her name for good fortune reasons.Apparently her previous name didn't correspond with her day of birth.I suspect it;s a superstitious thing.

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The women (I don't know about the men) do change their names a few times. One girl I know has changed it at least twice. Everyone still calls her by her first, given, name, but they attach importance to changing their name. It becomes a pain in the ass because then passports, ID's, and other things have to be changed. If it helps them in some small way, then so be it.

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It's common enough and I've known a number of people who have changed there names - Every single one of them was a fruit cake.

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Bar girls also change their names for the obvious reasons.

I also change my name if I ever go in a bar and I have been called a lot of different names on Thai Visa.

Matter of fact, people call me names all the time. But you know it’s like sticks and stones.

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It's common enough and I've known a number of people who have changed there names - Every single one of them was a fruit cake.

The two or three brits I've known who have changed their names are also complete nutters.

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It's common enough and I've known a number of people who have changed there names - Every single one of them was a fruit cake.

I have people very close to me who have changed their names (as many Thais do, both male and female, for lots of reasons, many of which westerners don't really understand). Those close to me who have changed their names are not fruitcakes, they are intelligent and balanced people, and I find your comment insulting.

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It's common enough and I've known a number of people who have changed there names - Every single one of them was a fruit cake.

I have people very close to me who have changed their names (as many Thais do, both male and female, for lots of reasons, many of which westerners don't really understand). Those close to me who have changed their names are not fruitcakes, they are intelligent and balanced people, and I find your comment insulting.

Do they find his comments insulting? I think that is the pertinent point here.

The culture of offence by proxy!

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It's common enough and I've known a number of people who have changed there names - Every single one of them was a fruit cake.

I have people very close to me who have changed their names (as many Thais do, both male and female, for lots of reasons, many of which westerners don't really understand). Those close to me who have changed their names are not fruitcakes, they are intelligent and balanced people, and I find your comment insulting.

Do they find his comments insulting? I think that is the pertinent point here.

The culture of offence by proxy!

I want to change my name to smokie16.....not enough PM's you see.....some might call me a fruitcake but the truth is with the constant infusion of alcohol I'm more of a Christmas pudding. :ermm: Ummmmm.......

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It is not an uncommon situation and can be done for varying reasons.

Some will do it for the basic reason of wanting a change from an unhappy event in the past, maybe a divorce and a change of horizons and a new name helps this along.

I have found in my experience, when surrounded by fruit cakes, change environments, if still surrounded by fruit cakes, check the walls, if they are padded, you will always be surrounded by fruitcakes

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A lot of hilltribe people change their names so that they are not so easily recognisable as hilltribe people; I've never really understood this, as the new names they choose shout 'hilltribe' at anyone familiar with Thai names.

The best reason I've heard for changing a name was."My father is too well-known to the police!"

By the way, if you think you're always surrounded by fruitcakes, have you looked at yourself lately?

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I can't speak for all Thai women who change their names. but the ones I know are "fruit-cakes." Especially the ones that do it because they think it will change their fortune, some palm reader or monk told them to, or someone elsa told them their old name was too strong for them. It wasn't cause they wanted to avoid the law or go into deep cover from anyone. Don't do something internally to change yourself when a simple name change will do the trick. Sounds easier, though.

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Be it bread or fruit cake smug is smug.I.d rafter spend my time with a few happy fruit cakes than one miserable old git.

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Had some work-friends that changed their names. Makes for confusing talks when they are involved with foreign customers, when the new senior programmer suddenly has a new name 'but is the same guy'. They must think we where BSing them...

In anyway, the reasons told are usually 'create luck', 'change my luck' and 'my name's first letter didn't run well with the weekday I was born on' (again, with an outcome of not enough luck...).

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