My best friend said, first, I live in Thailand and want to feel like a Thai person and if I have a Thai name, Thai people might treat me more like a Thai person. This would improve my image and make me more pure in their minds. So they say I should have a name meaning something like pure or improvement. They asked, 'How about Sutiwat? That's a good name.' But it doesn’t sound natural for me, even with its nice meaning.
Next my friends made me practice the Thai greeting, Wai, and now I do it every day and feel comfortable doing it. It feels normal to me. One friend says I now wai like any Thai person. ‘Very good’ they say, and so now one friend wants me to be called Pranot, meaning greet or ‘wai’. But it sounds strange to my ear and not as welcoming as Derek.
Finally, one friend says if I have a Thai name I might become famous in Thailand – a singer, actor, TV personality or something. He says I should change my name to Witsarut to make me sound famous. But I don't think I want to be famous and I’m not so sure about that name, either.
In conclusion, I want to be more like Thai people and I have friends who want to help me by changing my name. But I don’t think I could wear Sutiwat, Pranot and Witsarut for long. So should I change my name? And if so, can you suggest nicer sounding names for me? Thanks.
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