Maori, commonly known as te reo, is the language of the indigenous peoples of New Zealand, the Maori. It does maintain a status of an “official” language in New Zealand and is classified with other Eastern Polynesian languages such as Cook Islands Maori, Rapanui and Tahitian. Original Maori settlers came to New Zealand around AD 1280 from the Southern Cook and Society Islands, and the language developed in relative isolation thereafter. Maori is a beautiful and exotic sounding language reminiscent of Hawaiian names and words. Choosing a Maori baby name will insure your little one has a unique islander name. Utilize Baby Name Network for researching Maori baby names and name meanings as well as other Island based languages such as Hawaiian and Indonesian.