• 710 Nakai
First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Nakai

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Alt. Meaning

N is for narrator, tell many stories

A is for aptitudes, your special capabilities shine

K is for keen, your sense of honesty.

A is for acquaintance, the many friends you know.

I is for impartial, a great arbiter

Notable Persons With the Last Name Nakai

Kazuya Nakai is a voice acting in japan and voice actor. Kazuya was born on November 25th, 1967 in Hyōgo-ku, Kobe, Japan.


Yuki Nakai is a martial artist. Yuki was born on August 18th, 1970 in Hamamasu village, Hokkaidō, Japan.


Masahiro Nakai is a pop music singing, actor, and master of ceremonies. His career lasted from 1987 to 1987. Masahiro was born on August 18th, 1972.


R. Carlos Nakai is an indigenous music of north america musician. He plays Native American flute. His most notable accomplishments were from 1982 to present. R. was born on April 16th, 1946.


Chiharu Nakai is a famed human. Chiharu was born on August 18th, 1984 in Tokyo.


Kiichi Nakai is an actor. He was most prominent from 1981 to present. Kiichi was born on September 18th, 1961 in Tokyo, Japan.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1974 17 9 8
1975 16 7 9
1977 5 5 0
1989 6 6 0
1994 14 5 9
1995 6 0 6
1996 12 0 12
1997 9 0 9
1998 26 10 16
1999 10 0 10
2000 12 6 6
2001 29 6 23
2002 10 0 10
2003 35 7 28
2004 46 12 34
2005 40 8 32
2006 35 0 35
2007 51 7 44
2008 53 14 39
2009 32 0 32
2010 30 6 24
2011 30 6 24
2012 33 9 24
2013 34 7 27
2014 36 0 36
2015 45 7 38
2016 38 5 33

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Popularity of Nakai as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nakai U.S.
  White 4.90% 64.26%
  African American 0.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 35.85% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 48.80% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.98% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.98% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nakai

People with the last name Nakai are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Nakai

  • How Popular is the name Nakai? Nakai is the 12,906th most popular name of all time. As a last name Nakai was the 21,633rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nakai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 710 babies born with the first name Nakai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nakai to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nakai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1974 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Nakai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nakai is Thursday, July 2nd, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Nakai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nakai was in 2007 with a total of 44 babies.
  • Random Nakai Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nakai is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Nakai: Your name in reverse order is Iakan. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kaina. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nakai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,205 people with the last name Nakai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nakai? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nakai 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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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.