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Lao, also known as Laotian by English speakers, is a member of the Tai-Kadai language family and a tonal language. It holds status as the official language of Laos and is also spoken in the northeast region of Thailand. As Lao is the primary language of the Lao people, it is also important as a secondary language for several ethnic groups living in both Laos and Isan. The Lao language is a descendant of the Tai languages spoken in historical southern China and northern Vietnam. The Tai peoples migrated toward India and the Malay Peninsula looking for better areas for wet-rice cultivation, taking the language with them. Baby Name World has a multitude of Lao, Vietnamese and Chinese baby names and name meanings for you to peruse.