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    Obtaining a Thai passport in a different name to UK birth certificate.

    I am about to start the process of applying for a Thai Birth certificate and passport for my son.
    He presently has a UK birth certificate and UK passport, the application will be made at the Thai embassy in London.

    The question I have, is can he have a different name (both christian and surname) on his Thai birth certificate and passport from what he now has on his UK birth certificate and passport.

    I do not see why this cannot be the case, as his mother (my wife) still maintains her Thai passport in her maiden name.

    The reason I ask this question is that having the surname of a Westerner may mark him out for unfavorable treatment in later life, should he choose to live and / or work in Thailand (we all know how nationalistic certain elements of Thia society can be). I am quite happy for him to assume the surname of my wife's maiden name.

    I look forward to your considered opinions.

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    Farang tink too mut.

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    /\ That's almost funny, but in my experience anything that marks someone out from not being Thai almost always opens them up to all sorts of potential scams, price increases, bill padding, etc, etc.

    I regularly come to Thailand, for a holiday / visit the wife's family etc, and when circumstances force me into dealing with some of the lower echelons of Thai society I look at it as an opportunity to pit my wits against some of the most talented con merchants you ever are likely to encounter.
    For my son I would like to tip the advantage in his favour as it were by not having a surname that instantly gave the game away before its even started
    Last edited by Listerman; 15-03-2016 at 10:54 PM.

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    Give him a Thai name and passport then, seem's like your minds made up already.

    Don't forget about conscription into the Thai army for national service when you make your decision.

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    I think you're taking it to an extreme with your broad-brush generalizations. Having a foreign sounding surname isn't gonna do jack to him, if indeed he chooses to live/work in thailand. Still he's your kid, so you do what you feel you should to "protect him from the "nationalistic elements".

    Another thing I'll point out is thais rarely as in hardly ever say their surname. In fact they rarely say their real first name, instead they use those idiotic single syllable nick-names (Porn, Bom, Bam, Nit, Noi, Bank, Benz, Porsche, etc).

    I think you're making much ado about nothing, but as I said, he's your kid, you do what you want.

    As other posters said, it sounds like your mind was already made up before you posted in regards to thinking a foreign surname is a negative thing. I mean did you want us to jump on your bandwagon? Or did you just want to rebut every poster who disagreed with you?

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    My wife changed her surname upon marriage. No problem in her eyes. I have 3 children all with my surname. No problem at all. Please see post #2.

    Edit:- About 8-9 years ago the senior officer at Korat Immigration was a woman with the surname of 'Jacobs'. It didn't seem to have affected her status in life.

    If you're adamant your son changes his surname then let him do it once it's legally allowable. Thais regularly change their names. Usually when they go through a spell of bad luck. They believe that by changing names will rid themselves of their bad luck.
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    With a bit of luck the lad will have dark skin and jet-black hair so as not to give the game away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    With a bit of luck the lad will have dark skin and jet-black hair
    And breaks things when he doesn't know how they work.

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    I thought only one birth certificate can be issued, and a translation into another language. would you not just register the birth at the embassy.

    my stepson has a western first & surname, never caused him any problems, he as a youngster did loads of modelling for ads, video clips, etc and has gone onto uni and now works for an airline. he only has one birth certificate, but 2 passports.
    Happy to be here away from the brexit complainers in the UK!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cockneyboy187
    I thought only one birth certificate can be issued, and a translation into another language.
    You are correct. With the OP's son's birth certificate being English he needs a certified copy translated into Thai. Plus upon reaching the age of 7, I believe, he needs to apply for a Thai ID card?

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