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    What is "First name" and what is "Last name"?

    First name is Surname? and Last name is your name right?

    If my name is TAN AH KAO

    should I put....

    A. "FIRST NAME" = TAN "LAST NAME" = AH KAO

    or

    B. "FIRST NAME" = AH KAO "LAST NAME" = TAN

    Which one is correct?
    since I was small, I always put LAST NAME as my surname....then everytime what I get is AH KAY TAN....

    why like that? is it suppose to be this way? how did you put?
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    First name is how they address u.
    Lastname is your surname.

    Eg:

    TAN AH KOW

    AH KOW = First Name
    TAN = Last Name

    In case you have an english name:

    STANLEY TAN

    STANLEY = FirstName
    TAN = LastName

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    Jackson family
    Micheal Jackson - Bro
    Janet Jackson - Sis

    Micheal = First Name
    Jackson = Last Name



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    Quote Originally Posted by zero_88 View Post
    First name is Surname? and Last name is your name right?

    If my name is TAN AH KAO

    should I put....

    A. "FIRST NAME" = TAN "LAST NAME" = AH KAO

    or

    A. "FIRST NAME" = AH KAO "LAST NAME" = TAN

    Which one is correct?
    since I was small, I always put LAST NAME as my surname....then everytime what I get is AH KAY TAN....

    why like that? is it suppose to be this way? how did you put?
    ur both choice is A lei. how to select?



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    Quote Originally Posted by val_wilder View Post
    ur both choice is A lei. how to select?
    copy + paste ftw eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero_88 View Post
    First name is Surname? and Last name is your name right?

    If my name is TAN AH KAO

    Don't know why we have to follow the westernised way... but...

    First Name: Kao
    Middle Name: Ah
    Last Name/Surname/Patronymic: Tan

    Like Homer Jay Simpson.

    They'll usually call you "Kao" rather than "Ah Kao" so Kao would be your first name in practice. Better than being called "Ah".

    However, when filling up forms, you're unlikely to find a space for the middle name so putting "Ah Kao" as first name is fine.

    So you WILL end up like Ah Kao Tan. Coz they put the patronymic last. If they followed our way you would have "My name is Simpson Homer"... sounds funny right?
    Last edited by 123com; Jun 11th, 08 at 12:56 PM.

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    Ah Kow, Tan

    (First Name), (Last Name)

    First Name = Your Given Name
    Last Name = Surname

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    Middle Name is ur mother's name. not just any name
    Surname is last name
    first name is the name ppl call u

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    Surname is last name
    ur name is first name...
    Whatever floats your boat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oOgA View Post
    Middle Name is ur mother's name. not just any name
    Well... AFAIK - mother's surname can be used, but not a must...

    but I not ang moh so I may be wrong

    Actually, now that I think of it... I just thought of 3 of my ang moh friends and none of them use the mother's name leh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123com View Post
    Well... AFAIK - mother's surname can be used, but not a must...

    but I not ang moh so I may be wrong

    Actually, now that I think of it... I just thought of 3 of my ang moh friends and none of them use the mother's name leh...
    it depends on the family's culture if i am not wrong and yea..u are right, not everyone uses it. it is not a must

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    Last name is your surname
    First name is your name

    Almost everyone answered the same thing, that should clear some things up for TS

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    I have no last name. =3

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    B lah of course.

    aiolous, powercard, syrius: Wrong! Last name= family name/surname.

    Most Chinese people have their surname written first but that doesn't make it your first name. lol

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    "Tan Ah Kow" confuses westerners immensely. The poor inflexible sods.

    If want to avoid them calling you "Ah" or "Kow", then do what the Taiwanese do and put your first/given name as "Ah-Kow". They'll probably pronounce it as "a cow" though

    First/Given name is "Ah Kow" not "Kow", and the "Ah" is NOT the middle name - you should not put your name as "Kow A. Tan". We do not generally have middle names unless parents gave an angmoh-style name like "Terence Nigel Tan". Then Nigel is the middle name and can put name as "Terence N. Tan". Alternatively, if you are called "Terence Tan Ah Kow", you may opt to treat "Ah-Kow" as your "middle name" and call yourself "Terence Ah-Kow Tan" or "Terence A. Tan" or "T.A. Tan". Or if your full name is Terence Nigel Tan Ah Kow, then maybe you can call yourself "Terence N.A. Tan" also ba..

    And we haven't even got to those Asian names with no family names or surnames, like those with s/o, d/o, bin or bte. Many westerners can't seem to grasp the concept that some other cultures do not use family names or surnames. The poor sods.

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