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Gai Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 蓋 meaning ‘lid’ or ‘build’ in Chinese: (i) from the placename Gai (蓋) the name of a fief (located in Shandong province) granted to an official in the state of Qi during the Warring States period (475–221 BC). (ii) adopted as the surname by the Ge Lou (蓋樓) family from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). Italian (Piedmont): from French surname Gai Gay literally ‘cheerful’; in some cases it is possible a nickname from dialect word gai ‘jay’. Italian (Tuscany): patronymic or plural form of Gaio Gaia .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Gal, Cai, Kai, Gay, Gan, Bai, Dai, Hai, Lai, Mai

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You can see how Gai families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gai family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Gai families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 11 Gai families living in British Columbia. This was about 69% of all the recorded Gai's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Gai families in 1911.
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What did your Gai ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Gai. 34% of Gai men worked as a Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Common Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor
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Passenger Lists

There are 955 immigration records available for the last name Gai. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Gai. For the veterans among your Gai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gai lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Gai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gai in 1955 was 57, and 93 in 2004.

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