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What is "First name" and what is "Last name"? zero_88 Jun 11th, 08, 12:16 PM #1
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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ColdFusion Jun 11th, 08, 12:19 PM #2
B

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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val_wilder Jun 11th, 08, 12:26 PM #3
Jackson family
Micheal Jackson - Bro
Janet Jackson - Sis

Micheal = First Name
Jackson = Last Name
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val_wilder Jun 11th, 08, 12:27 PM #4
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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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nutcase23 Jun 11th, 08, 12:45 PM #5
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ur both choice is A lei. how to select?
copy + paste ftw eh?
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123com Jun 11th, 08, 12:49 PM #6
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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?
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RxC6 Jun 11th, 08, 12:52 PM #7
Ah Kow, Tan

(First Name), (Last Name)

First Name = Your Given Name
Last Name = Surname
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oOgA Jun 11th, 08, 01:41 PM #8
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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reddevil0728 Jun 11th, 08, 01:52 PM #9
Surname is last name
ur name is first name...
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123com Jun 11th, 08, 02:33 PM #10
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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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oOgA Jun 11th, 08, 02:34 PM #11
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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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glidingqy Jun 11th, 08, 02:55 PM #12
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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|hp78| Jun 11th, 08, 03:03 PM #13
I have no last name. =3
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concept|infinit Jun 11th, 08, 08:30 PM #14
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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cyberdog Jun 11th, 08, 08:34 PM #15
"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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