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Origin and Meaning of Desai

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  1. dative singular form of desa

Notable Persons With the Last Name Desai

Morarji Desai was a 4th Prime Minister of India, Minister of Home Affairs, 2nd Deputy Prime Minister of India, Minister of Finance, Minister of Home Affairs (India), and Ministry of Finance (India). Morarji was born on February 29th, 1896 in Valsad. He breathed his last breath on April 10th, 1995.


Prachi Desai is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Prachi was born on September 12th, 1988 in Surat, Gujarat, India.


Tina Desai is an actress and model. Tina was given the name Tena Babbar Desae on February 24th, 1987 in Bangalore.


Rashami Desai is an actor, model (people), dance, actress, model, and dancer.


Anita Desai is a writer and professor. Her ongoing career started in 1963. Anita was given the name Anita Mazumdar on June 24th, 1937 in Mussorie, India.


Renu Desai is a model (people), actor, costume designer, film director, film producer, model, actress, director, and producer. Renu was born on December 4th, 1981 in Pune.


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Popularity of Desai as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Desai U.S.
  White 2.95% 64.26%
  African American 0.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 93.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.33% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Desai

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

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Fun Facts about the name Desai

  • How Popular is the name Desai? Desai is the 62,626th most popular name of all time. As a last name Desai was the 1,938th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Desai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 19 babies born with the first name Desai in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Desai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2009 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Desai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Desai is Saturday, September 12th, 1925.
  • What year had the most people named Desai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Desai was in 2009 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Desai: Your name in reverse order is Iased. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Isead. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Desai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,638 people with the last name Desai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Desai? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Desai as their last name.

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