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Kai Family History

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

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Name Distribution of Kai Families

  • Number of Kai families
     19 - 36
     7 - 18
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Kai families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
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    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Kai Family Origin

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Kai Family Occupations

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