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Hai Name Meaning

Muslim: from a personal name based on Arabic hayy ‘alive’. Al-Hayy, ‘the Living’, is one of the attributes of Allah. Chinese : from the name of Hai Qun, a senior minister of the state of Wei during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). The character for this name also means ‘ocean’. Vietnamese: unexplained. Jewish (Israeli): ornamental name from Hebrew chai ‘alive’, ‘vivid’.

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


Similar surnames: Lai, Han, Chai, Dai, Bai, Hadi, Haq, Hain, Cai, Haw

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Where is the Hai family from?

You can see how Hai families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hai family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hai families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Hai family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Hai's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hai families in 1840.
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What did your Hai ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Waiter was the top reported job for people in the US named Hai. 31% of Hai men worked as a Waiter.

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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

  • Waiter
    31%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Proprietor
    16%
  • Laundry Help
    16%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Hai. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Hai. For the veterans among your Hai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hai lifespan?

Between 1978 and 2004, in the United States, Hai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hai in 1978 was 47, and 94 in 2004.

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