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chloemink eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

lmillerm eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

Ada Sison | Student

Pi was "named after a swimming pool" ( ch. 3 ) by the suggestion of a family friend Francis Adirubasamy ( Mamaji ). Mamaji was a champion swimmer and loved the talk of it. The best pool Mamaji had ever swam in was the Piscine Molitor, "the crowning aquatic glory...of the world" ( ch. 3 ). Pi's father took this name and the youngest Patel son was born, Piscine Molitor Patel.

revolution | Student

The full name of PI in the book "Life of Pi" is Piscine Molitor Patel, who is the protagonist of the story. He gets his strange name from the French translation of pool, which is Piscine (that's his first name) and from a pool in Paris, Piscine Molitor, in which Francis Adirubasamy, his closed and best friend of his loved to swim in.

muhina | Student

first of all 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.

niamhwozere | Student

Pi got his name after Piscine (french word for swimming pool.) He shortened his name as his classmates used to call him "pissing patel" and then named himself after the 3.14 equation.