Kai Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: topographic name for someone living by a quayside, from Dutch kaai ‘quay’, German Kai (which was borrowed from the Dutch). Danish and Frisian: from the Danish personal name Kai, Kaj, Kay, which is of uncertain origin, most likely from Frisian or Latin Caius. Japanese: the original meaning is probably ‘shell’, but the name is written phonetically with two characters meaning ‘first class’ or ‘shell’, plus ‘beauty’. Though the surname is found mostly in the island of Kyushu, some families could have connections with the ancient province of Kai (now Yamanashi prefecture) in the mountains of central Honshu.

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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In 1881, the most common Kai occupation in the UK was Student. 100% of Kai's were Students.

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Between 1947 and 2004, 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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