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Lai Surname Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin or Cantonese form of the surname 賴 meaning ‘depend on’ in Chinese: from Lai (賴) the name of a state (located in Henan province) which was annexed by the state of Chu during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 來 meaning ‘to come’ in Chinese: (i) simplified form of the placename Lai (郲) the name of a fief (located in Henan province) during the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). (ii) adopted in place of the Chinese surname Lai (萊) which originated from the name of a fief/state. After its annihilation by the state of Qi people simplified the name as 萊 in order to escape from political persecutions. Chinese: Cantonese form of the surnames 黎 厲 and 酈. Also variant Romanization of the surnames 李 and 利. See Li 1 2 3 5 and 6. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 雷 see Lei Vietnamese (Lại): from the Chinese surname 賴 see 1 above. German: variant of Lay .

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

Similar surnames: Li, Dai, Cai, Bai, Hai, Lao, Lau, Lam, Kai, Lei

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You can see how Lai families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lai family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Lai families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 46 Lai families living in California. This was about 81% of all the recorded Lai's in USA. California had the highest population of Lai families in 1880.
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What did your Lai ancestors do for a living?

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

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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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Passenger Lists

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What is the average Lai lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Lai life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Lai in 1961 was 63, and 71 in 2004.

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