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Nakai Name Meaning

Japanese: ‘central well’; it originated in Mikawa (now part of Aichi prefecture), and is also found in the island of Okinawa. Navajo name for someone from Mexico.

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


Similar surnames: Nakao, Takai, Sakai, Kai, Takagi, Aki, Kawai, Nakata, Nagai, Maki

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Where is the Nakai family from?

You can see how Nakai families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nakai family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1891 and 1920. The most Nakai families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 2 Nakai families living in British Columbia. This was about 67% of all the recorded Nakai's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Nakai families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Nakai surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Nakai ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Fisherman was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Nakai. 100% of Nakai men worked as a Fisherman. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Fisherman
    100%
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Census Records

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

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Nakai. 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 Cards

There are 438 military records available for the last name Nakai. For the veterans among your Nakai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nakai lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Nakai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Nakai in 1959 was 71, and 66 in 2004.

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