Chi

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Meaning and Origin

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  1. The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet
  2. The circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health
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From Latin chī, from Ancient Greek χεῖ (kheî).

  1. The twenty-second letter of the Classical and Modern Greek alphabets.

From former romanizations of Mandarin Chinese 氣/气 (), from Middle Chinese (kʰjɨ̀j), from Old Chinese (*C.qʰəp-s, “breath, vapor”)

  1. (philosophy) A life force in traditional Chinese philosophy, culture, medicine, etc. related (but not limited) to breath and circulation.

From the pinyin romanization of Mandarin Chinese (chǐ)

  1. The Chinese foot, a traditional Chinese unit of length based on the human forearm.
  2. (Mainland China) The Chinese unit of length standardized in 1984 as 1/3 of a meter.
  3. (Taiwan) The Taiwanese unit of length standardized as 10/33 of a meter, identical to the Japanese shaku.
  4. (Hong Kong) The chek or Hong Kong foot, a unit of length standardized as 0.371475 meters.

    chi was also found in the following language(s): Atsahuaca, Chickasaw, Cornish, Esperanto, Garo, Guerrero Amuzgo, Italian, Japanese, Ladin, Mandarin, Norman, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yola

    Notable Persons Named Chi

    Chi McBride is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to 1992. Chi was given the name Kenneth McBride on September 23rd, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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    Chi Cheng was an alternative metal, nu metal, heavy metal music, post-metal, experimental rock, spoken word, and post-rock musician. He was most prominent from 1988 to 2008. Chi was given the name Chi Ling Dai Cheng on July 15th, 1970 in Stockton, California, United States. He left this life on April 13th, 2013.

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    Chi Onwurah is a Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation, Skills, Shadow Minister for Culture, Media, Sport, for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Member of Parliament, and forNewcastle upon Tyne Central. Chi was born on April 12th, 1965 in Wallsend, Northumberland , England.

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    Chi was born in Shunde District. Chi is also known as 周至元 (Chinese).

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Chi

    Her career lasted from 1986 to 1992. Nina was born on December 31st, 1961 in Shanghai. Nina is also known as Li Zhi and Li Chi.

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    Chao-Li Chi was an actor. He was most prominent from 1948 to 1948. Chao-Li was born on April 5th, 1927 in Shanxi. He breathed his last breath on October 16th, 2010.

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    Tseng was born in 1950. He passed away in 1990.

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    Thùy Chi is a pop music musician. She plays Vocals. Thùy was given the name Trần Thùy Chi on May 4th, 1990 in Hải Dương. Thùy is also known as Trần Thùy Chi.

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    Greta Chi is an actress and business owner. Her career lasted from 1959 to 1976. Greta was given the name Chi Ke Ping in Copenhagen. Greta is also known as Chi Ke Ping, Greta Maxwell, Maxwell, and Greta.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1970 11 5 6
    1971 10 0 10
    1972 6 6 0
    1973 38 29 9
    1974 41 28 13
    1975 30 20 10
    1976 37 20 17
    1977 33 21 12
    1978 28 19 9
    1979 19 11 8
    1980 37 25 12
    1981 34 19 15
    1982 49 27 22
    1983 43 20 23
    1984 39 26 13
    1985 40 16 24
    1986 25 17 8
    1987 27 14 13
    1988 32 17 15
    1989 34 11 23
    1990 36 24 12
    1991 30 19 11
    1992 30 18 12
    1993 22 13 9
    1994 33 15 18
    1995 12 0 12
    1996 18 10 8
    1997 16 8 8
    1998 20 12 8
    1999 15 6 9
    2000 14 7 7
    2001 20 8 12
    2002 14 5 9
    2003 12 5 7
    2004 17 8 9
    2005 23 15 8
    2006 8 0 8
    2007 6 0 6
    2008 12 5 7
    2009 19 12 7
    2011 13 8 5
    2012 11 11 0
    2013 12 6 6
    2014 10 10 0
    2015 10 10 0
    2016 9 9 0
    2017 22 12 10

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    Popularity of Chi as a last name

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    Common last names for Chi

    • Nguyen
    • Lee
    • Tran
    • Chan
    • Wong
    • Wang
    • Liu
    • Kim
    • Cheng
    • Lau
    • Chang
    • Tang

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Chi U.S.
      White 2.98% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 84.11% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.76% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 8.22% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Chi

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Chi

    • How Popular is the name Chi? Chi is the 10,082nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Chi was the 4,843rd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Chi have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,077 babies born with the first name Chi in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chi 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 Chi? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1970 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
    • When was Chi first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chi is Sunday, February 8th, 1874.
    • What year had the most people named Chi born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chi was in 1973 with a total of 29 babies.
    • Random Chi Factoid: According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chi is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 14 babies in California have the same name as you in 1982.
    • Weird things about the name Chi: Your name in reverse order is Ihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cih. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Chi? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,273 people with the last name Chi.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chi? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Chi 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).
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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