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Iwai Surname Meaning

Japanese:: written 岩井 ‘stone well’ or 岩居 ‘resides in a stony place’; a common placename. The first is found as a surname in western Japan the second is more common in eastern Japan. Both are related to the name Ishii which has similar meanings. alternate reading in the Ryūkyūan island of Amami of Ga The name is written 祝 ‘celebration’.

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


Similar surnames: Imai, Kai, Kawai, Ida, Niwa, Iha, Arai, Cai, Sinai, Bai

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Where is the Iwai family from?

You can see how Iwai families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Iwai family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Iwai families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 7 Iwai families living in California. This was about 29% of all the recorded Iwai's in USA. California had the highest population of Iwai families in 1920.
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What did your Iwai ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Iwai. 50% of Iwai men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Iwai women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Iwai were Gardner and Teacher. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    50%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Truck Driver
    12%
  • Gardner
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    60%
  • Teacher
    40%
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Census Records

There are 549 census records available for the last name Iwai. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Iwai census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Iwai. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 274 military records available for the last name Iwai. For the veterans among your Iwai ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Iwai lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Iwai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Iwai in 1963 was 85, and 77 in 2004.

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