Mai

First Name
5k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
17k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Mai

User Submitted Meanings

  • A submission from Ohio, United States says the name Mai means "Graceful, elegance movement or dance" and is of Japanese origin.
  • According to a user from Massachusetts, United States, the name Mai is of Vietnamese origin and means "Refers to 'prunus mume,' a type of plum tree -- plum blossom.".
  • According to a user from New Jersey, United States, the name Mai is of Hebrew origin and means "May".
  • A user from Indiana, United States says the name Mai is of Cherokee origin and means "Flower".
  • A user from Vietnam says the name Mai is of Vietnamese origin and means "Mai means 'Tomorrow' (ngay MAI) or 'Apricot Blossom'(hoa MAI).".
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Wiktionary
  1. A female given name, a rare spelling variant of Mae/May, or borrowed from Scandinavia, with the same ultimate origin.
  2. A surname​ of Chinese or German origin.

Mai was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, Ewe, Friulian, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Vietnamese, and Welsh

Notable Persons Named Mai

Saori was given the name Mai Kato on January 1st, 1988 in Hiroshima, Japan.

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Mai Zetterling was an actress and film director. She was most active from 1941 to 1993. Mai was given the name Mai Elisabeth Zetterling on May 24th, 1925 in Västerås, Västmanland, Sweden. She died on March 17th, 1994.

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Mai Shiraishi is a j-pop musician. Her ongoing career started in 2011. Mai was born on August 20th, 1992. Mai is also known as Maiyan.

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Sirikitiya was given the name Mai Jensen by her parent Ubolratana Rajakanya on March 18th, 1985 in San Diego.

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Mai Mizuhashi is a j-pop and music of japan singing. She was most prominent from 2006 to present. Mai was given the name 水橋 舞 on January 31st, 1992.

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Mai Nakahara is a voice acting in japan, singing, voice actress, and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Mai was born on February 23rd, 1981 in Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Mai

Jeannie was given the name Jeannie Camtu Mai on January 4th, 1979 in Downtown Historic District (San Jose, California). Jeannie is also known as Jeannie Harteis.

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Marie Mai is a pop music, rock music, and jazz musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2003. Marie was given the name Marie-Mai Bouchard on July 7th, 1984. Marie is also known as Marie-Mai.

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Khánh Ly is a musician. She was most prominent from 1962 to present. Khánh was given the name Nguyễn Lệ Mai on March 6th, 1945 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Phương Mai is royalty. They hold the title Dowager Duchess of Addis Abeba and Dowager Marchioness of Sabotino. Phương was born as the child of Bảo Đại and Nam Phương on August 1st, 1937.

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Mai Hoshimura is a j-pop singer-songwriter and pianist. She plays Piano. She has had major accomplishments since 2002. Mai was given the name Hoshimura Mai on April 18th, 1981. Mai is also known as Barefoot Piano Girl.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 6 6 0
1881 6 6 0
1890 5 5 0
1891 5 5 0
1895 6 6 0
1896 6 6 0
1898 8 8 0
1902 5 5 0
1905 5 5 0
1907 11 11 0
1909 8 8 0
1911 6 6 0
1912 7 7 0
1913 7 7 0
1914 12 12 0
1915 12 12 0
1916 10 10 0
1917 10 10 0
1918 8 8 0
1919 11 11 0
1920 15 15 0
1921 15 15 0
1922 10 10 0
1923 12 12 0
1924 10 10 0
1925 14 14 0
1926 13 13 0
1927 8 8 0
1928 14 14 0
1929 17 17 0
1930 15 15 0
1931 13 13 0
1932 8 8 0
1933 9 9 0
1935 13 13 0
1936 7 7 0
1937 12 12 0
1938 9 9 0
1939 8 8 0
1941 7 7 0
1942 6 6 0
1944 9 9 0
1946 5 5 0
1947 6 6 0
1948 7 7 0
1949 5 5 0
1950 8 8 0
1952 7 7 0
1953 9 9 0
1954 7 7 0
1955 11 11 0
1956 12 12 0
1957 7 7 0
1958 10 10 0
1959 6 6 0
1960 6 6 0
1961 11 11 0
1962 9 9 0
1963 10 10 0
1964 9 9 0
1965 11 11 0
1966 9 9 0
1967 17 17 0
1968 9 9 0
1969 16 16 0
1970 18 18 0
1971 21 21 0
1972 20 20 0
1973 14 14 0
1974 18 18 0
1975 24 24 0
1976 32 32 0
1977 24 24 0
1978 31 31 0
1979 49 49 0
1980 71 71 0
1981 138 138 0
1982 133 133 0
1983 148 148 0
1984 184 179 5
1985 181 172 9
1986 165 165 0
1987 154 154 0
1988 184 184 0
1989 246 240 6
1990 253 253 0
1991 221 221 0
1992 201 201 0
1993 202 202 0
1994 213 213 0
1995 165 165 0
1996 132 132 0
1997 95 95 0
1998 89 89 0
1999 84 84 0
2000 71 71 0
2001 74 74 0
2002 63 63 0
2003 81 81 0
2004 74 74 0
2005 84 84 0
2006 75 75 0
2007 69 69 0
2008 79 79 0
2009 76 76 0
2010 58 58 0
2011 61 61 0
2012 55 55 0
2013 55 55 0
2014 55 55 0
2015 46 46 0
2016 49 49 0
2017 34 34 0

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Popularity of Mai as a first name

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Popularity of Mai as a last name

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Common last names for Mai

  • Nguyen
  • Yang
  • Vang
  • Xiong
  • Tran
  • Lee
  • Le
  • Pham
  • Huynh
  • Moua
  • Truong
  • Chang
  • Ly
  • Wong
  • Ngo

Common first names for Mai

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mai U.S.
  White 11.32% 64.26%
  African American 0.55% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 85.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.11% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.14% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mai

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

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Fun Facts about the name Mai

  • How Popular is the name Mai? Mai is the 3,667th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mai was the 2,075th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,274 babies born with the first name Mai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mai to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Mai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mai is Sunday, March 5th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Mai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mai was in 1990 with a total of 253 babies.
  • Random Mai Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mai is not a popular baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, only 10 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1926.
  • Weird things about the name Mai: Your name in reverse order is Iam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aim. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 17,445 people with the last name Mai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mai? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Mai 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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