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Family Names in Southeast Asian History

Reid, Anthony


Less than a century ago it was common to imagine that the adoption of inherited family names or surnames was a necessary stage in civilization. Did not the adoption of family names in Europe broadly coincide with the move out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance?� The westernizing King who imposed family names in Thailand in 1913 insisted, �Now we have surnames it can be said that we have caught up with people who are regarded as civilized.�� The top countries had them, and those who...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Personal Names in Asia: History, Culture and Identity
DOI: .2307/j.ctv1qv2k0.6


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