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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lao

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  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Lao is of Unknown origin and means "Large or grand mountain.".
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  1. The Tai language of a Buddhist people living in the area of the Mekong River in Thailand and Laos
  2. A member of a Buddhist people inhabiting the area of the Mekong River in Laos and Thailand and speaking the Lao language; related to the Thais
  3. Of or relating to a member of the Buddhist people inhabiting the Mekong river in Laos and Thailand

From Lao ລາວ (lāo).

  1. The official language of Laos (closely related to Thai).
  2. A person of Lao ethnicity.

Lao was also found in the following language(s): Italian and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Lao

Lao She was a novelist, dramatist, and playwright. Lao was given the name Shu Qingchun on February 3rd, 1899 in Beijing, Qing Dynasty. He died on August 24th, 1966.


Lao Lishi is an athlete. Lao was born on December 12th, 1987 in Zhanjiang.


Lao was born on April 19th, 1962.



Lao was born in 1802. He breathed his last breath in 1867.


Lao Charady is an athlete for the CMAC FC.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Lao

Danielle was born on May 28th, 1991 in Pasadena, California, United States.


Phạm was born in 1255 in Ân Thi District. He left this life in 1320.


Gilbert Lao is a basketball player for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, Powerade Tigers, Rain, Shine Elasto Painters, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Tropang TNT, and Barako Bull Energy Boosters (2000–11) in the Philippine Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to 2014. Gilbert was born on September 13th, 1978 in Manila.


Toni Lao is a soccer player for the CF Badalona, RCD Espanyol, RCD Espanyol B, UDA Gramenet, and CE Sabadell FC. Toni was born on January 17th, 1984 in Barcelona, Spain. Toni is also known as Lao and Toni.


Yi was born on October 10th, 1985 in Guangxi.



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Popularity of Lao as a last name

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Common last names for Lao

  • Vang

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lao U.S.
  White 3.32% 64.26%
  African American 0.51% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 84.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.17% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.16% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lao

People with the last name Lao are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Lao

  • How Popular is the name Lao? Lao is the 54,170th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lao was the 5,856th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lao have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32 babies born with the first name Lao in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lao? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1981 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Lao first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lao is Monday, March 8th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Lao born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lao was in 1985 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Lao: Your name in reverse order is Oal. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lao. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lao? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,897 people with the last name Lao.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lao? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Lao as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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