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Sakai Family History

Sakai Name Meaning

Japanese: variously written, most usually with the characters for ‘rice wine (sake)’ and ‘well’. The latter family is descended from the Tokugawa family, and took its name from the village of Sakai in Izumi (now part of Osaka prefecture), though the name of the village is written with a character meaning ‘boundary’. Another family’s name, meaning ‘well at the slope’, is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku, but written with yet another set of characters.

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

Similar surnames: Kawai, Osaki, Sakata, Saeki, Arai, Takai, Nakai, Takei, Aki, Saiki

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Where is the Sakai family from?

You can see how Sakai families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sakai family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Sakai families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 78 Sakai families living in Hawaii. This was about 40% of all the recorded Sakai's in USA. Hawaii had the highest population of Sakai families in 1920.
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What did your Sakai ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sakai. 18% of Sakai men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Sakai women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sakai were Proprietor and New Worker. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Teacher
  • Farmer
  • New Worker
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Sakai. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Sakai. For the veterans among your Sakai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sakai lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Sakai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Sakai in 1948 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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