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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Chay

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From Pitman jay, which it is related to graphically, and the sound it represents.
  1. The letter ⟨/⟩, which stands for the ch sound /tʃ/, in Pitman shorthand.

chay was also found in the following language(s): Ch'orti', Ladino, Manx, Quechua, and Vietnamese

Notable Persons Named Chay

Chay Genoway is a hockey player for the HC Spartak Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. His ongoing career started in 2011. Chay was born on December 20th, 1986 in Morden, Manitoba.


Chay was born on February 18th, 1982.


Chay was born on February 25th, 1987 in Fountain Valley, California.


Chay Santini is an actress, model, and actor. Chay was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


He was most active from 1988 to 1997. Chay was born on March 5th, 1950 in Singapore.


Chay Shegog is a basketball player for the Connecticut Sun. She was most prominent from 2012 to present. Chay was born on February 22nd, 1990 in San Diego.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Chay

Chay was born on February 18th, 1982.



Jean-Yves Chay is an athlete for the FC Nantes, FC Gueugnon, and FC Montceau Bourgogne. Jean-Yves was born on April 8th, 1948 in Angers.


Chesster Chay is an actor, model (people), and commercial model. Chesster was given the name Fredyryk Chesster Siason-Chay on August 21st, 1989 in San Jose del Monte.


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Popularity of Chay as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chay U.S.
  White 12.21% 64.26%
  African American 1.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 37.87% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 46.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chay

People with the last name Chay are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Chay

  • How Popular is the name Chay? Chay is the 17,833rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Chay was the 21,535th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 428 babies born with the first name Chay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chay 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 Chay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies.
  • When was Chay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chay is Monday, January 27th, 1890.
  • What year had the most people named Chay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chay was in 1992 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Random Chay Factoid: According to the 1986 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chay is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1986.
  • Weird things about the name Chay: Your name in reverse order is Yahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ayhc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,212 people with the last name Chay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chay? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Chay as their last name since less than 1 person in 244k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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