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Chi Surname Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin and Cantonese form of the surname 池 meaning ‘moat’ in ancient Chinese: (i) acquired as a surname by people who lived beside a moat. (ii) from Chi (池) said to be the name of an ancient state (of unknown location and period). (iii) from the personal name Chi (池) personal name of a son of an official in the state of Qin during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Mandarin and Cantonese form of the surname 遲 meaning ‘late’ in Chinese: (i) borne by descendants of Chi Ren (遲任) a person who lived during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). (ii) shortened form of the Chinese compound surname Yu-Chi (尉遲) originally the name of a tribe from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China. (iii) from the second element of the personal name Zi Chi (子遲) style name of Fan Xu a student of Confucius (551–479 BC). Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surname 植 see Zhi Chinese: alternative Mandarin and Cantonese form of the surnames 支 and 智 see Zhi 2 and Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surnames 紀 季 冀 姬 籍 嵇 吉 計 薊 暨 and 汲 see Ji 1-1 Chinese: alternative Mandarin form of the surnames 齊 祁 戚 漆 亓 蕲 and 啓 see Qi 1-7.7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 奚 and 郗 see Xi 1 and 5.8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 錢 based on its Teochew Hokkien or Taiwanese pronunciation see Qian .9: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 徐 based on its Hokkien or Taiwanese pronunciation see Xu 10: Korean: written 지 in Chinese characters 池 meaning ‘moat’ and 智 meaning ‘wisdom’. The two Chinese characters for the Chi surname are borne by different groups. (i) The smaller of the two groups has only one clan associated with it the majority of whose members live in Kangwŏn and Ch’ungch’ŏn North Provinces of South Korea and North Korea's P’yŏngan North Province. (ii) The other group also has one clan but a much larger population. Unlike many clans in Korea the larger Chi family did not remain congregated in and around its clan seat but dispersed fairly evenly around the peninsula. Compare Chee 5 and Jee 1 Amerindian (Mexico Guatemala and Belize): Mayan name from chi' ‘mouth’ also ‘shore bank’ or from a homonymous name of a fruit-bearing shrub or small tree (Malpighia glabra).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Chu, Cho, Chin, Cha, Shi, Chiu, Che, Shim, Ho, Choi

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You can see how Chi families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chi family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Chi families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there was 1 Chi family living in Kent. This was 100% of all the recorded Chi's in United Kingdom. Kent had the highest population of Chi families in 1891.
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What did your Chi ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Chi. 100% of Chi women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    100%
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Between 1968 and 2004, in the United States, Chi life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Chi in 1968 was 93, and 80 in 2004.

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