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Names in Cambodia carry their own special meaning
Names in Cambodia carry their own special meaning | © Surdumihail / Pixabay
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11 Beautiful Cambodian Names and What They Mean

Picture of Marissa
Updated: 20 March 2018
When it comes to naming children, Cambodians tend to stick to tradition, with many carrying the same name or similar variations. While each name carries its own special meaning, here are 11 of the most beautiful and popular Cambodian names to be found.

Names in Cambodia differ in many ways to their Western counterparts. For a start, the way names are presented are the opposite, with the family name traditionally coming first, followed by the given name.

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Cambodian names are usually chosen to bring prosperity and good fortune for the baby | © rujhan_basir / Pixabay

The other major difference is unlike in the West, where generations have the same family name passed down from the father’s side, in Cambodia, children’s family names are the given name of their father or grandfather.

Another way they differ is how people are addressed. Rather than Mr, Mrs or Miss followed by the family name, in Cambodia it is replaced with the given name. And when it comes to nicknames, in contrast to the first syllable of a given name being used, it is usually the last. So, for example, Sreylark would be shortened to Lark.

The majority of Cambodian names derive from Hindu or Buddhist words and carry a special meaning. Names are usually chosen to bring prosperity and good fortune for the baby.

Names can also be joined together. For example, Chhanny is Chhan (moon) and Ny (light) fused together to create moonlight.

While there are specific male and female names, many are unisex so it’s not uncommon for men and women to carry the same name. It is also worth noting that Cambodians put the emphasis on the last syllable of the name.

Bopha

This is a female name that translates to flowers.

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Bopha means flower | © Candiix / Pixabay

Kosal

This is a male name that means clever or magical.

Leap

This is another male name that translates to good fortune or success.

Mony

Mony is a female name and refers to a precious stone or gem.

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Mony means precious stone or gem | © Hans / Pixabay

Narith

Narith is a male name and means masculine or manly.

Nimol

This traditionally male name means flawless.

Pich

Pich is a unisex name and means diamond.

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Pich means diamond | © gr8effect / Pixabay

Pisey

Generally used as a male name, Pisey translates as little darling or beloved.

Raskmey

While there is a male variation of the same name, with different spelling and meaning, the female version means shining and sparkling.

Rathana / Rathanak

These male names mean precious stones or jewels.

Sophea

Sophea is a common female name, meaning she who is clever, or wise one.

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Sophea translates to wise one or clever | © jayclarke1 / Pixabay

Sothy

Traditionally a male name but commonly used for females, Sothy means scholar or intelligent person.