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Kawai Name Meaning

Japanese: variously written, the original meaning is ‘meeting of (two) rivers’. An ancient family by this name is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku. The most usual renderings are found mostly in eastern Japan; families in different localities seem to have their own different ways of writing the name. In Okinawa Island, it is written with characters meaning ‘river well’.

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


Similar surnames: Kasai, Kai, Sakai, Arai, Sawa, Iwai, Kawano, Kanai, Kawata, Takai

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Kawai Family Origin

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Kawai Family Occupations

What did your Kawai ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Nurserywoman were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kawai. 20% of Kawai men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Kawai women worked as a Nurserywoman. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kawai were Farmer and Teacher

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    16%
  • Bookkeeper
    16%
  • Farmer
    16%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Nurserywoman
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Proprietor
    15%
  • Teacher
    15%

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

Kawai Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Kawai. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kawai census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kawai. 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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Draft Card

There are 419 military records available for the last name Kawai. For the veterans among your Kawai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kawai Life Expectancy

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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Kawai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Kawai in 1951 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

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