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I just started sponsoring 2 children. I noticed they do not have a surname like other children that can be sponsored. I was just wonder why that might be.
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Katie Stekli

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Katie, 

Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor these two precious kiddos! I see that they are both in Thailand. please know that nicknames in Thailand are given to children at birth. Often given by parents, friends or an older family member, these nicknames are typically one syllable (or worn down from two syllables to one). Most children do not even know their legal name until they are in school. Many names tend to be descriptive of the child or are given in relation to something that happened when the child was born while some are simply shortened versions of a full name.  Nit, Milk, Bay, Apple and King are some common examples of Thai nicknames.  If you travel to Thailand, you may have the pleasure of being given a Thai nickname. For example, we know of a huge guy with a beard that was nicknamed "On" which in Thai means a little whiskery mouse-like critter. Thai people love to laugh and this name brought much laughter. :)
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Katie Stekli

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That is great information about Thailand culture! Very interesting. Thank you very much for sharing this knowledge!
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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So glad to be of help, Katie! :)