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Giving Your Cat a Thai Name

by Suphawut (Bryan) Wathabunditkul

Strangely enough, almost all of the cat owners in Thailand give their cats the English or Western names, whereas other people outside Thailand are looking for Thai names for their cats.

Web Reference
This is a good site for Thai names — you can browse in this particular Web page/URL which contains lots of great Thai names for males. I did look and like the following names:
  1. ชาตรี  /chaaM dtreeM/ (hard T sound as in 'Stay') — masculine
  2. ชยันตร์  /chaH yanM/ — victory
  3. จินดา  /jinM daaM/ — precious jewelries
  4. ขวัญใจ /khwanR jaiM/ — the apple of one's eye, the beloved of one's heart
  5. นริศา  /naH riH saaR/ — the King!!!
  6. นิรันดร์ /Ne-run/ — forever
More cat-related Web pages:
The Cat Fanciers' Association: 
Cat Fanciers' Club of Thailand —
Now, I will show you how some of these names can be written in Thai. Visual forms helps a lot when it comes to decision-making. I believe that one of these Thai names might be able to appeal to your eyes and thus influence you to select it. It's pretty much like you look at each name carefully while trying to picture your Siamese cat with each of them. Enjoy.
1. Rasha/Raja

2. Rama — Rama is how most Westerners pronounce Raam (right below).

3. Raam (like 'arm' but without the retroflex 'r') is the real pronunciation of this word in Thailand.

4. Chula (except kids still want to say Choo-la, not Ju-LAH).

5. Narin — yes, this is pronounced with the primary stress falling on the 2nd syllable.

6. good ol' Naris.

7. This is how Chulanaris is written.

And this is Chulanarin...
And this is Baboo (1987-2005)
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