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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pa`is
The country; the people of the neighborhood.

Note: ☞ A trial per pais is a trial by the country, that is, by a jury; and matter in pais is matter triable by the country, or jury.

Etymology: OF. puïs, F. pays, country


From Old French, equivalent to French pays (“country”).

  1. (obsolete, law) The (people of the) country.

pais was also found in the following language(s): French, Galician, Interlingua, Istriot, Norman, Old French, Portuguese, Romansch, and Scottish Gaelic

Notable Persons With the Last Name Pais

Josh Pais is an actor and acting coach. He was most active from 1988 to present. Josh was born on June 21st, 1958 in New York City, New York, U.S.


Frank was born on December 7th, 1934 in Santiago de Cuba. He breathed his last breath on July 30th, 1957.


Melissa Pais is an actor and actress. She was most active from 2004 to present. Melissa was born on August 11th, 1983 in Goa, India.


Syn Cole is an electro house, progressive house, and electronic dance music disc jockey. He plays Synthesizer and Piano. His most notable accomplishments were from 2012 to present. Syn was given the name Rene Pais in 1988 in Pärnu.


Abraham Pais was a scientist in the field of physicist. Abraham was born on May 19th, 1918 in Amsterdam. He left this life on July 28th, 2000.


Sidónio Pais was a military officer, lecturer, and officer (armed forces). Sidónio was born on May 1st, 1872 in Caminha. He left this life on December 14th, 1918.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pais U.S.
  White 54.75% 64.26%
  African American 3.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 31.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Pais

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Fun Facts about the name Pais

  • How Popular is the name Pais? As a last name Pais was the 35,582nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Pais? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Pais was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Pais: Your name in reverse order is Siap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Siap. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pais? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 632 people with the last name Pais.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pais? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Pais as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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