Kai Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: topographic name for someone living by a quayside, from Dutch kaai ‘quay’, German Kai (which was borrowed from the Dutch). Danish and Frisian: from the Danish personal name Kai, Kaj, Kay, which is of uncertain origin, most likely from Frisian or Latin Caius. Japanese: the original meaning is probably ‘shell’, but the name is written phonetically with two characters meaning ‘first class’ or ‘shell’, plus ‘beauty’. Though the surname is found mostly in the island of Kyushu, some families could have connections with the ancient province of Kai (now Yamanashi prefecture) in the mountains of central Honshu.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kay, Kan, Kari, Kam, Kau, Lai, Mai, Oki, Mar, Iwai

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Kai Family Origin

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Kai Family Occupations

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In 1921, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Kai. 28% of Kai men worked as a Laborer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Labourer
    19%
  • Restaurant
    19%
  • Storekeeper
    19%

*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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Kai Life Expectancy

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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Kai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Kai in 1947 was 78, and 64 in 2004.

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