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Kai Family History

Kai Name Meaning

Japanese: original meaning could be 貝 ‘shell’ but the name is written phonetically with two characters 甲斐 ‘tortoise shell’ and ‘beauty’. Though the surname is found mostly in the island of Kyūshū some families could have connections with the ancient province of Kai (now Yamanashi prefecture) in the mountains of central Honshū whose name is written with the two characters above. Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surname 蓋 see Gai Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 解 see Xie Chinese: Cantonese form of the surname 計 see Ji 8. Altered form or a rare variant of North German and Danish (and perhaps also of Dutch) Kay .

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

Similar surnames: Kay, Kan, Kari, Kam, Kau, Lai, Mai, Oki, Mar, Iwai

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You can see how Kai families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kai family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Kai families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 14 Kai families living in California. This was about 61% of all the recorded Kai's in USA. California had the highest population of Kai families in 1880.
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What did your Kai ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kai. 22% of Kai men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Kai women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kai were Proprietor and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housemaid
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Kai. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Kai. For the veterans among your Kai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kai lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Kai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Kai in 1947 was 78, and 64 in 2004.

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