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in the U.S.
since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rai

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Rai is of Japanese origin and means "Trust".
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International Interest
  1. A surname found among people from coastal Karnataka and northern India. Rai is also an ancient indigenous ethnolinguistic group of Nepal.

Notable Persons Named Rai

Raí is a soccer player for the Botafogo Futebol Clube (SP), Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, São Paulo FC, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., and Brazil national football team. Raí was born on May 15th, 1965 in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.


Rai Vloet is a soccer player for the SC Cambuur, PSV Eindhoven, Jong PSV, Netherlands national under-17 football team, and Netherlands national under-19 football team. Rai was born on May 8th, 1995 in Schijndel.


Rai Simons is a soccer player for the Chesterfield F.C., North Village Rams, Newcastle Town F.C., and Ilkeston F.C. Rai was born on January 11th, 1996 in Hamilton, Bermuda.


Rai Chand Boral was a music director. Rai was born on October 19th, 1903 in Bhagalpur, Bengal, British India. He breathed his last breath on November 25th, 1981.


He holds the title Satguru of Sant Mat/Radhasoami tradition and SatguruofSant Mat/Radhasoamitradition. Rai was born on March 14th, 1829 in Peepal Mandi, Agra, British India. He left this life on December 6th, 1898.


Rai Hassan Nawaz is a District Nazim of Sahiwal, Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, and Member of theNational Assembly of Pakistan. Rai was born on November 1st, 1962 in Chichawatni.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rai

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an actress and model. They have had major accomplishments since 1991. Aishwarya was given the name Aishwarya Rai on November 1st, 1973 in Mangalore, Karnataka, India.


Prakash Raj is a film actor, producer, film director, and television presenter. He has had major accomplishments since 1986. Prakash was given the name Prakash Rai on March 26th, 1965 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. Prakash is also known as Prakash Raj.


Priya was born on December 25th, 1977 in New Delhi.


Guru was given the name Gobind Rai by his parents Guru Tegh Bahadur and Mata Gujri on December 22nd, 1666 in Patna, India. He died on October 7th, 1708.


Lala was born on January 28th, 1865 in Dhudike. He died on November 17th, 1928.


Muthappa was born in Puttur , Karnataka, India.


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International Interest for Rai

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Popularity of Rai as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rai U.S.
  White 3.68% 64.26%
  African American 1.06% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 89.99% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.31% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.40% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rai

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

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Fun Facts about the name Rai

  • How Popular is the name Rai? Rai is the 22,493rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Rai was the 6,418th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 282 babies born with the first name Rai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rai to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1952 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Rai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rai is Saturday, March 13th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Rai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rai was in 2016 with a total of 21 babies.
  • Random Rai Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rai is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 7 babies in California have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Rai: Your name in reverse order is Iar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,295 people with the last name Rai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rai? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Rai as their last name.

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