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

What does the name Kawai mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Kawai

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  • A user from China says the name Kawai is of Japanese origin and means "Cute Love able Adorable Pretty".
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Alt. Meaning

K is for keepsake, you treasure your memories.

A is for abundant, your cheer knows no bounds.

W is for warmth, the glow of your friendship.

A is for able, for you surely are.

I is for intuitive, others should trust your instincts

Notable Persons Named Kawai

Kawai Gyokudō was an artist in the field of painting. Kawai was given the name Kawai Yoshisaburō on November 24th, 1873 in Ichinomiya, Aichi. They breathed their last breath on June 30th, 1957.


Kawai was born on August 24th, 1890. They died on November 18th, 1966.


Kawai Wong is a journalist, magazine editor, writer, and fashion stylist. Kawai was born on February 4th, 1986 in Hong Kong, British Hong Kong.


Kawai Tsugunosuke was a karō of nagaoka domain, karō, and karō ofnagaoka domain. Kawai was born on January 27th, 1827 in Nagaoka, Niigata. He breathed his last breath on October 1st, 1868.


Kawai was born on October 19th, 1948.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Kawai

Kenji Kawai is a film score, electronic music, and instrumental musician. He was most active from 1986 to present. Kenji was born on April 23rd, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan.


Ami Kawai is an actor and actress. Ami was born on December 15th, 1967 in Tokyo, Japan.


Ikuko Kawai is a classical music, electronic music, and instrumental composer, violinist, and violin. She plays Violin. She was most prominent from 2000 to present. Ikuko was born on January 19th, 1968.


Hayao Kawai was a jungian psychologist. Hayao was born on June 23rd, 1928. He breathed his last breath on July 19th, 2007.


She was most active from 1982 to 1997. Kazumi was born on July 9th, 1964 in Tokyo. She passed away on May 9th, 1997.


Ritsuko Kawai is a writer.


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Popularity of Kawai as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kawai U.S.
  White 6.76% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 71.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 15.86% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.29% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kawai

People with the last name Kawai are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander or Two or More Ethnicities

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Fun Facts about the name Kawai

  • How Popular is the name Kawai? Kawai is the 52,335th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kawai was the 30,390th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kawai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 36 babies born with the first name Kawai in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kawai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2008 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kawai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kawai is Sunday, July 16th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Kawai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kawai was in 2016 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Kawai: Your name in reverse order is Iawak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wkaia. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kawai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 769 people with the last name Kawai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kawai? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kawai as their last name since less than 1 person in 385k 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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