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Origin and Meaning of Sai

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Indian (Sanskrit)

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  • A user from India says the name Sai is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "True friend".
  • According to a user from India, the name Sai means "Mother".
  • A submission from India says the name Sai means "Gods name" and is of English origin.
  • A submission from Texas, United States says the name Sai means "Saint, master, lord. Sai was the name given to a god named Sai Baba." and is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin.
  • According to a user from Virginia, United States, the name Sai means "Dagger".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Sa"i
See Capuchin, 3 .

Etymology: Cf. Pg. sahi

  1. dative singular of Sais

Notable Persons Named Sai

Sai Pallavi is a film actress, doctor, and actor. Sai was born in Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu, India.


Sai Dharam Tej was an indian actor. He was most prominent from 2014 to present. Sai was born on October 15th, 1987 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Sai is also known as TEJU and TEJ. He passed away on October 15th, 1987.


Sai Tamhankar is an actor and actress. She has been prominent since 2005. Sai was born Sai Tamhankar on June 25th, 1986 in Maharashtra.


Aadi Pinisetty is an actor and film actor. Their ongoing career started in 2006. Aadi was given the name Sai Pradeep Pinisetty in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Aadi is also known as Aadi Pinisetty and Sai Pradeep . Pinisetty.


Khun Sa was a shan warlord. Khun was given the name Sai Sa on February 17th, 1934 in Loi Maw, Mongyai, British Burma. Khun is also known as Tun Sa and U Htet Aung. He died in 2007.


Sai Lokur is an actress and model. Sai was born on September 5th, 1989 in Belgaum.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sai


Narayan was born as the child of Asaram on January 27th, 1972 in Ahmedabad. Narayan is also known as Narayan Prem Sai.


Surendra was born on January 23rd, 1809 in Khinda, Sambalpur, Odisha. He breathed his last breath on May 23rd, 1884.


Ryoji was born on June 3rd, 1980 in Osaka.


Nand Kumar Sai is an MP, Rajya Sabha from Chhattisgarh, and Rajya SabhafromChhattisgarh. Nand was born on January 1st, 1946 in Chhattisgarh.


Vishnu Deo Sai is a Mines, Steel, Minister of State, and Member of Parliament. Vishnu was born on February 21st, 1964 in Bagiya, Kunkuri, Chhattisgarh.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1972 5 0 5
1980 14 6 8
1981 21 7 14
1982 15 10 5
1983 17 5 12
1984 12 0 12
1985 15 6 9
1986 19 6 13
1987 9 0 9
1988 8 0 8
1989 35 9 26
1990 26 6 20
1991 13 0 13
1992 17 0 17
1993 18 0 18
1994 13 0 13
1995 18 5 13
1996 24 6 18
1997 18 0 18
1998 23 9 14
1999 48 9 39
2000 30 7 23
2001 50 15 35
2002 51 20 31
2003 45 11 34
2004 46 21 25
2005 58 16 42
2006 58 17 41
2007 67 19 48
2008 74 15 59
2009 87 20 67
2010 60 14 46
2011 64 9 55
2012 66 15 51
2013 62 12 50
2014 66 13 53
2015 61 9 52
2016 59 11 48
2017 67 15 52
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

Where is the name Sai popular?

International Interest for Sai

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Popularity of Sai as a first name

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Popularity of Sai as a last name

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Common last names for Sai

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sai U.S.
  White 14.81% 64.26%
  African American 9.55% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 67.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.48% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sai

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

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Fun Facts about the name Sai

  • How Popular is the name Sai? Sai is the 8,285th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sai was the 42,308th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,459 babies born with the first name Sai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sai to occupy the territory of Tokelau (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,411 (as of October 18, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sai is Sunday, February 15th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Sai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sai was in 2009 with a total of 67 babies.
  • Random Sai Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sai is not a popular baby boy's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Sai: Your name in reverse order is Ias. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Asi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 513 people with the last name Sai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sai? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sai as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.