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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cai

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C is for compatible, a friend's friend.

A is for articulate, a regular wordsmith

I is for incorruptible, always standing up for what is right

Notable Persons Named Cai

Cai was born in 50 in Guiyang , China. He died in 121.


Cai was born on December 8th, 1957 in Quanzhou, Fujian, China.


Cai Qi is a Mayor of Hangzhou, Head of the Organization Department of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee, Mayor ofHangzhou, and Head of the Organization Department of theZhejiang Provincial Party Committee. Cai was born in 1955 in Youxi County.


Cai Yuanpei is a president of peking university, revolutionary, teacher, politician, and peking university. Cai was born on January 11th, 1868 in Shaoxing.


Cai Yun is a badminton player. Cai was given the name 蔡赟 .


Gerald Tsai Jr. was an investment management. Gerald was given the name Cai Zhiyong on March 10th, 1929 in Shanghai. He passed away on July 9th, 2008.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cai

'Magic Babe' Ning is a professional magician and entrepreneur. 'Magic was given the name Ning Cai on October 16th, 1982 in Singapore.


Qian was born in 1761. He breathed his last breath in 1809.


Xueling was born on September 26th, 1993 in Harbin.


Mingjie was born in 1952 in China.


Lady Cai is a noble.


T. was born in 1967 in Rui'an.


How popular is the baby name Cai in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1989 5 0 5
1990 10 0 10
1993 9 0 9
1994 8 0 8
1995 6 0 6
1996 12 6 6
1997 16 9 7
1998 8 0 8
1999 6 0 6
2000 23 7 16
2001 22 5 17
2002 29 9 20
2003 33 8 25
2004 41 14 27
2005 41 12 29
2006 33 10 23
2007 39 10 29
2008 54 15 39
2009 57 16 41
2010 46 8 38
2011 65 26 39
2012 77 23 54
2013 76 21 55
2014 92 21 71
2015 107 25 82
2016 115 34 81
2017 92 25 67
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International Interest for Cai

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Cai as a first name

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Popularity of Cai as a last name

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Common last names for Cai

  • Wu

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cai U.S.
  White 1.54% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 95.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.91% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cai

People with the last name Cai are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Cai

  • How Popular is the name Cai? Cai is the 9,826th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cai was the 4,191st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,122 babies born with the first name Cai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cai to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1989 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Cai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cai is Monday, March 27th, 1899.
  • What year had the most people named Cai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cai was in 2015 with a total of 82 babies.
  • Random Cai Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cai is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Cai: Your name in reverse order is Iac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ica. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,457 people with the last name Cai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cai? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Cai as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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