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Desai Family History

Desai Name Meaning
Indian (Gujarat and Maharashtra): Hindu name meaning ‘landlord’, from Sanskrit deša ‘country’ + svami ‘lord’, ‘master’.

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

15,434 Historical Documents with Desai on Ancestry
10,728 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
39 Military Records
1,855 Immigration Records
535 Census and Voter Lists
2,277 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Desai Families

  • Number of Desai families
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Desai families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Desai last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Desai census records

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Desai Family Origin

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Desai Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Desai

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Desai Family Occupations

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Military Service by Desai

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