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Chai Family History

Chai Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of Gao Chai, a disciple of Confucius during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). His descendants adopted this character as their surname; it also means ‘firewood’. Korean: variant of Chae.

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


Similar surnames: Hai, Chao, Chae, Cai, Chi, Cha, Han, Shan, Hao, Chan

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Where is the Chai family from?

You can see how Chai families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chai family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Chai families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 5 Chai families living in California. This was 100% of all the recorded Chai's in the USA. California had the highest population of Chai families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chai surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chai ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Chai. 55% of Chai men worked as a Laborer.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    55%
  • Owner
    28%
  • Truck Driver
    19%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Chai. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chai 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Chai. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Chai. For the veterans among your Chai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chai lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Chai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Chai in 1963 was 75, and 79 in 2004.

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