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in the U.S.
since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Chai

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From Hindi-Urdu चाय (cāy) / چای (ćāy), from Persian چای (and Turkish çay, and cognates) from Sinitic 茶 (chá). Ultimately cognate to tea; see that page for extended history.

  1. A beverage made with black teas, steamed milk and sweet spices based loosely on Indian recipes

chai was also found in the following language(s): Jamaican Creole, Mandarin, Navajo, Norman, Swahili, and Vietnamese

Notable Persons Named Chai

Chai Ling is a president & chief operating officer of jenzabar. Chai was born on April 15th, 1966 in Rizhao.


Chai Vang is a murderer. Chai was born on September 24th, 1968 in Laos.


Chai Jing is a journalist. She was most active from 1995 to present. Chai was born on January 1st, 1976 in Linfen, Shanxi Province, People's Republic of China.


Chai was born in 1959.


Chai Lee is an actor and actress. Chai was born in Guangdong.


Chai was born on June 13th, 1935 in Chiayi, Taiwan. Chai is also known as 蔡同榮 (Chinese). He left this life on January 11th, 2014.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Chai

He holds the title President. Nelson was born in 1965.



Arlene was born in 1955.


Lai Kew Chai was a judge. Lai was born on February 7th, 1941 in Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia. He passed away on February 27th, 2006.


Shao was born in 588. Shao is also known as Sichang. He died in 638.


He holds the title King of Ayutthaya Kingdom. He was most active from 1656 to 1656.


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Popularity of Chai as a last name

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Common last names for Chai

  • Lee
  • Wong
  • Yang
  • Xiong
  • Chan
  • Woo

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chai U.S.
  White 4.86% 64.26%
  African American 1.05% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 83.28% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.94% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.87% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chai

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

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Fun Facts about the name Chai

  • How Popular is the name Chai? Chai is the 16,346th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chai was the 9,030th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 498 babies born with the first name Chai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chai to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1977 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Chai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chai is Tuesday, December 9th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Chai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chai was in 1993 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Random Chai Factoid: According to the 1984 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chai is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 10 babies in California have the same name as you in 1984.
  • Weird things about the name Chai: Your name in reverse order is Iahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ciah. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,619 people with the last name Chai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chai? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Chai 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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