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Dai Name Meaning

Chinese : there are two sources of this surname, both from the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). At one time, there existed a state of Dai at one time (in modern Henan province). When this was defeated by the state of Cheng, residents of the defeated state adopted Dai as their surname. Additionally, a duke of the state of Song was called Dai, and his descendants adopted Dai as their surname. Vietnamese: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Lai, Cai, Hai, Pan, Bai, Si, Mai, Hao, Kai, Dan

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You can see how Dai families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dai family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Dai families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Dai family living in California. This was about 50% of all the recorded Dai's in the USA. California and 1 other state had the highest population of Dai families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dai surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dai ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Cook was the top reported job for people in the US named Dai. 50% of Dai men worked as a Cook.

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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

  • Cook
    50%
  • Laborer
    50%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dai. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Dai. For the veterans among your Dai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dai lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Dai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Dai in 1963 was 62, and 73 in 2004.

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