In contrast to many other countries, the process for changing names in Thailand is straightforward. Only two documents are needed: a copy of residential registration and a national ID card — both are replaced on the spot.
Why do Thai people change name?
It is common for Thai people to change their given name at any point in their life. One may do so if burdened by bad luck/ill health or to reflect a significant life change. People may also change and create a new family name, usually for religious or personal superstitious reasons. However, this is less common.
Is it easy to change your name?
Although it may be seem daunting to show up at court or fill out legal paperwork, you don’t need to hire a lawyer to change your name. Filling out a Petition for Name Change can be fairly straightforward. But if you do feel overwhelmed by navigating the name change process yourself, consider outside help.
Why do Thai names start with P?
“Pee” means brother or sister with regard to someone familiar to you of similar or greater age. It doesn’t mean they are a blood relation – just someone familiar. “Nong” is the equivalent word for anyone younger than you. Nong, on its own, can also be used to summon a waiter/waitress at a restaurant.
Is it disrespectful to call a Thai person by their name?
Calling Thais with their official name is not disrespectful. We do use our first name a lot and we don’t mind if anyone call us with our full name. It’s just too long and formal so we tend to use nickname among family and friends.
Why would a name change be denied?
Reasons a Judge Will Deny Name Change
If a Name Change is likely to cause harm, confusion, fraud, etc., you may get denied. Don’t do Name Change to try and get away with something, criminally or civilly.
What is a good reason to change your name?
Whether it’s because of a recent religious conversion or simply to honor a person’s religious deity, name changes for religious reasons are quite common. Take, for example, Steve Kreuscher who changed his name to In God We Trust to honor the help God gave him during hard times.
How much work is it to change your last name?
It’s not cheap to change your name.
According to LegalZoom, you should be ready to spend at least $100 to $150 to file a name change petition in court, plus additional fees to have your forms notarized.