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10/25/2014 What does P' and Khun before a Thai name mean?

What does P' and Khun before a Thai name mean?

I'm watching the Thai drama "Kaew Tah Pee" and I always hear them add "Khun" before the
name, even when it's husband and wife. I know that "Khun" can be translated to "Mr./Mrs." or
something like that... But how can I translante that "Khun" into English when it's between
husband and wife?

Also, I hear them add P' before the name - the young brother calls his big sister "P'Mit", and the
woman calls her husband "P'Thep". What does it mean?

Thanks!

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allankw answered 5 years ago

In Thai "khun" has a number of meanings.

On it's own it can mean: (n.) merit, goodness, value, virtue, favour benefit or prosperity. And (n.)
string, rope, thread or cord.

Placed before forenames of both men and women it can be used like Mr./ Mrs. - khun Somsak = Mr
Somsak; khun Mary = Mrs./Miss. Mary. However the meaning is "respected".

Also it can be used as a (respectful) pronoun "you" or "your", as in: khun chu alai = what is your
name?

Khun is also used as a term of respect, as in; khun mae = respected mother; khun kru = respected
teacher.

Phee or P' placed before a male or female forename means "older sibling", as in: Phee Yai = older
brother Yai; Phee Porn = older sister Porn. It is a polite informal prefix used when addressing
someone a little older than the speaker.

Phee can also be used as a respectful pronoun: you, he, she, him or her.

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Thank you very much! It helped me a lot (:

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Kirjava answered 5 years ago
Khun+name is a polite way calling people.
You might notice, children call their father Poh but make it polite they could add Khun before Poh.
P' (
)+name is a polite way to call someone older.

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