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Chi Name Meaning

The Romanization Chi represents at least thirteen different Chinese surnames and a Korean one. Chinese : this character means ‘pond’ and is found in names of lakes and areas surrounding lakes. As many Chinese surnames originated in place names (often containing the word ‘pond’), so the surname Chi developed naturally from the word for ‘pond’. Chinese : variant of Ji 1. Chinese : variant of Qi 1. Chinese : variant of Qi 2. Chinese : variant of Ji 2. Chinese : variant of Ji 3. Chinese : variant of Qi 3. Chinese : variant of Ji 4. Chinese : variant of Ji 5. Chinese : variant of Ji 6. Chinese : variant of Zhi. Chinese : variant of Ji 7. Chinese : variant of Ji 8. Korean: There are two Chinese characters for the Chi surname, borne by different groups. The smaller of the two groups has only one clan associated with it, the majority of whose members live in Kangw{ou}n and Ch’ungch’{ou}n North Provinces of South Korea and North Korea’s P’y{ou}ngan North Province. The other group also has but one clan but a much larger population. Unlike many clans in Korea, the larger Chi family did not remain congregated in and around its clan seat but dispersed fairly evenly around the peninsula.

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


Similar surnames: Chu, Cho, Chin, Cha, Shi, Chiu, Che, Shim, Ho, Choi

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Where is the Chi family from?

You can see how Chi families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chi family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Chi families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 20 Chi families living in California. This was about 69% of all the recorded Chi's in the USA. California had the highest population of Chi families in 1880.
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What did your Chi ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Chi. 50% of Chi men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Chi women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chi were Cook and Weaver.

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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
    50%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Cook
    25%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    34%
  • Proprietor
    34%
  • Weaver
    34%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Chi. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chi 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Chi. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Chi. For the veterans among your Chi ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chi lifespan?

Between 1968 and 2004, in the United States, Chi life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Chi in 1968 was 93, and 80 in 2004.

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