Mai Name Meaning

Vietnamese: unexplained. Chinese : origin unknown, although ancient accounts record its use in Guangdong and Henan provinces from an early date. The character for Mai also means ‘wheat’. Dutch, Danish, German, and French: variant of May.

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

Similar surnames: May, Bai, Man, Lai, Hai, Kai, Mao, Mei, Dai, Ma

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Mai Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mai name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mai. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Southeast Asia—Vietnam


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • China


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Mai Family Origin

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Mai Family Occupations

What did your Mai ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mai. A less common occupation for the Mai family was Coal Miner. The most common Mai occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Mai's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Coal Miner


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Mai Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Mai. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mai census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Mai. 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 Card

There are 100,000 military records available for the last name Mai. For the veterans among your Mai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mai Life Expectancy

What is the average Mai lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Mai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Mai in 1955 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mai ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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