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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Tai

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Tai
Designating, or pertaining to, the chief linguistic stock of Indo-China, including the peoples of Siamese and Shan speech. It includes the Thai language.
noun Tai
A member of one of the tribes of the Tai stock.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The most widespread and best known of the Kadai family of languages
  2. A native or inhabitant of Thailand
  3. Of or relating to Thailand
  4. Of or relating to the languages of the Thai people
  5. Of or relating to or characteristic of Thailand or its people

Notable Persons Named Tai

Tai Babilonia is a figure skater.

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Tai was born on August 10th, 1990 in Scunthorpe.

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Tai Wynyard is a basketball player for the Kentucky Wildcats, Super City Rangers, New Zealand Breakers, and Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball in the Southeastern Conference. He was most active from 2014 to present. Tai was born on February 5th, 1998 in Auckland.

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Tai Hara is a presenter, actor, and presenter (former). He was most active from 2011 to 2011. Tai was born on March 29th, 1990 in Sydney.

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Tai Solarin was an educator, social activist, author first african pilot, and author (journalist) first african pilot. Tai was given the name Augustus Taiwo Solarin on August 20th, 1922 in Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria. He died on June 27th, 1994.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Tai

Her most notable accomplishments were from 2009 to 2009. Tzu-ying was born on June 20th, 1994 in Kaohsiung.

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They were most active from 8 to 8. Shō was born as the child of Shō Iku on August 3rd, 1843. They passed away on August 11th, 1901.

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(The was given the name Fok Koon Tai on November 21st, 1923 in Hong Kong. He died on October 28th, 2006.

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Eric was born on August 23rd, 1984.

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Penny Tai is a mandopop singer-songwriter and lyricist. She plays Guitar and Vocals.

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Samuel Tai is a mandopop and cantopop singing, songwriter, and record producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1988. Samuel was born on November 6th, 1966 in Hong Kong. Samuel is also known as Ah Bee.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1922 5 0 5
1924 5 0 5
1959 7 7 0
1963 5 0 5
1966 5 5 0
1969 13 6 7
1970 15 5 10
1971 21 8 13
1972 12 0 12
1973 19 7 12
1974 24 9 15
1975 30 14 16
1976 70 34 36
1977 52 21 31
1978 50 29 21
1979 83 47 36
1980 200 160 40
1981 160 125 35
1982 125 88 37
1983 116 79 37
1984 97 59 38
1985 64 38 26
1986 84 42 42
1987 55 23 32
1988 65 25 40
1989 56 27 29
1990 74 38 36
1991 94 55 39
1992 81 39 42
1993 76 32 44
1994 85 32 53
1995 67 23 44
1996 77 30 47
1997 92 42 50
1998 109 44 65
1999 136 40 96
2000 133 32 101
2001 137 42 95
2002 136 48 88
2003 167 36 131
2004 174 41 133
2005 143 36 107
2006 152 31 121
2007 139 36 103
2008 111 27 84
2009 112 22 90
2010 85 14 71
2011 113 24 89
2012 87 15 72
2013 80 10 70
2014 84 15 69
2015 74 16 58
2016 75 16 59
2017 70 17 53

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Popularity of Tai as a first name

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Popularity of Tai as a last name

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Common last names for Tai

  • Nguyen
  • Wong
  • Lee
  • Lam
  • Le
  • Chang
  • Huynh
  • Chin
  • Ng
  • Ly

Common first names for Tai

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tai U.S.
  White 3.86% 64.26%
  African American 3.18% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 86.18% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.23% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.79% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tai

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

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Fun Facts about the name Tai

  • How Popular is the name Tai? Tai is the 4,083rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Tai was the 7,553rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,401 babies born with the first name Tai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tai to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1922 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Tai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tai is Sunday, May 5th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Tai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tai was in 1980 with a total of 160 babies.
  • Random Tai Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tai is not a popular baby girl's name in Indiana. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Indiana have the same name as you in 1980.
  • Weird things about the name Tai: Your name in reverse order is Iat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ati. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,401 people with the last name Tai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tai? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Tai 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.