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Pi is born Piscine Molitor Patel. Pi received his given name as homage to a family friend, Francis Adirubasamy. Pi renamed himself to escape ongoing jokes about his name. Rather than be called Piscine he tells people to call him Pi.

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Pi's first name, Piscine, is French for "pool"; in addition, Piscine Molitor is the name of the pool where Francis Adirubasamy loved to swim.

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