San Diego State Uni. '18 // Lao // Buddhist. Catch me on Twitter/Insta @KatieMalina!
Apparently, back less than 100 years ago, no one in Laos even used last names. Eventually, the French came along and ordered government officials to have family names. The family names were a combination of both parents’ surnames. If people couldn’t recall their parent’s surnames they usually took on the name of the province that they lived in. Last names were also altered just because someone wanted to change it up a bit. Overtime, the majority of Lao last names kept adding on parts and eventually became those excessive amount of letters.
This is all valid information coming for my great-grandfather, the former president of the Lao supreme court justice, secretary general to the prime minister council of Laos, and Laos representative to the French Union Assembly, along with many other impressive titles might I add.