Lai Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of a state called Lai (in present-day Henan province), which existed during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). Descendants of the ruling class of this state adopted its name as their surname. Chinese : Cantonese variant of Li 2. Vietnamese: unexplained. Polish: dialect variant of the personal name Lew ‘lion’ (see Lew 2).

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


Similar surnames: Li, Dai, Cai, Bai, Hai, Lao, Lau, Lam, Kai, Lei

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Lai Family Origin

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Lai Family Occupations

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  • Laborer

    25%
  • Store Keeper

    25%
  • Butcher

    13%
  • Carpenter

    13%

In 1880, Laborer, Store Keeper and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lai. A less common occupation for the Lai family was Carpenter. The most common Lai occupation in the USA was Laborer. 25% of Lai's were Laborers.

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Lai Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1961 and 2004, Lai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Lai in 1961 was 63, and 71 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lai

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