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Sa-Oui: Hyphenated names?


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Posted by Allaya on April 28, 2001 at 02:35:58:

Hello all!

I'm hoping somebody can help me. I have what I think is a very odd or rare surname. Perhaps it was mistranslated (my grandfather immigrated to Thailand from China to escape the communists) from Chinese to Thai to English. Unfortunately, I can't ask him because he recently passed away.

Anyway, as it was translated to me into English, it was Sa-Oui (pronounced Sah-Oy). I don't see very many hyphenated names, so perhaps it is just a distinction between a syllable or dipthong or something. Perhaps Sui? Perhaps it is just the first part or last part?

Although family members told me that he spoke Cantonese (he never spoke Thai very well), I don't think that was his native dialect. My suspicion is that perhaps he is Chiu Chaw (sp?), based on the types of food he prepares and eats.

If any of you have any ideas, please email me! I've lost almost everybody in my family, and this is very important for me to find out. Thank you in advance for all your help.

Allaya


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