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

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  • Laborer

    25%
  • Store Keeper

    25%
  • Butcher

    13%
  • Carpenter

    13%

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Lai Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Lai Life Expectancy

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Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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