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What does the name Thai mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Thai

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  • A user from Germany says the name Thai is of Chinese origin and means "Thai means to be free.".
  • According to a user from Germany, the name Thai means "Safe".

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International Interest
Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Thai
The language of Thailand (Siam); it is a member of the Tai group of languages.
adjective Thai
Of or pertaining to the Thai language, a member of the Tai group of languages.
  1. Of or pertaining to Thailand or its people.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A branch of the Tai languages
  2. A native or inhabitant of Thailand
  3. Of or relating to Thailand ("the Thai border with Laos")
  4. Of or relating to the languages of the Thai people ("Thai tones")
  5. Of or relating to or characteristic of Thailand or its people ("different Thai tribes live in the north")

Notable Persons Named Thai

Thai was born in 1942 in Trung Ha Village, Quế Sơn District of Quảng Nam Province.


Thai Phương is royalty. She holds the title Princess of Vietnam and Princess ofVietnam. Thai was born on April 30th, 1946 in France.


He holds the title King of Ayutthaya. His career lasted from 1709 to 1733.


Thai was born on July 2nd, 1958 in Hanoi.


Thai was born in 1934 in Hanoi.


Thai was born in 1882. He died in 1916.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Thai

Hoàng Văn Thái was a general staff of the vietnam people's army. His military service ended in 1986. Hoàng was born in 1915 in Tiền Hải District. He breathed his last breath on July 2nd, 1986.


Thành Thái was royalty. He holds the title Emperor of Vietnam. His career lasted from 1889 to 1907. Thành was born as the child of Dục Đức on March 14th, 1879. He left this life on March 24th, 1954.


Minh Thai is an athlete.


Vico Thai is an actor. Vico was born Vico Thai on April 16th, 1981.


He holds the title King of Sukhothai. His career lasted from 1298 to 1323.


Ho was born in 1960 in Hanoi.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1975 6 0 6
1976 10 0 10
1977 15 0 15
1978 16 0 16
1979 20 0 20
1980 22 9 13
1981 37 9 28
1982 41 13 28
1983 40 0 40
1984 22 0 22
1985 25 0 25
1986 38 0 38
1987 27 0 27
1988 31 0 31
1989 27 5 22
1990 23 0 23
1991 29 0 29
1992 33 5 28
1993 36 0 36
1994 35 0 35
1995 36 0 36
1996 37 6 31
1997 40 9 31
1998 37 10 27
1999 45 10 35
2000 43 0 43
2001 41 8 33
2002 45 10 35
2003 51 9 42
2004 52 10 42
2005 52 10 42
2006 40 9 31
2007 49 13 36
2008 39 7 32
2009 36 6 30
2010 22 0 22
2011 31 9 22
2012 18 5 13
2013 22 5 17
2014 19 7 12
2015 22 6 16
2016 13 0 13
2017 16 7 9
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Where is the name Thai popular?

International Interest for Thai

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Popularity of Thai as a first name

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Popularity of Thai as a last name

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Common last names for Thai

  • Nguyen
  • Tran
  • Le
  • Yang

Common first names for Thai

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Thai U.S.
  White 2.23% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 95.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.41% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.58% 16.26%

Of Last Name Thai

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

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Fun Facts about the name Thai

  • How Popular is the name Thai? Thai is the 8,770th most popular name of all time. As a last name Thai was the 3,089th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Thai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,339 babies born with the first name Thai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Thai to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Thai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1975 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Thai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Thai is Wednesday, December 6th, 1893.
  • What year had the most people named Thai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Thai was in 2000 with a total of 43 babies.
  • Random Thai Factoid: According to the 1987 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thai is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 10 babies in California have the same name as you in 1987.
  • Weird things about the name Thai: Your name in reverse order is Iaht. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hati. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Thai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,644 people with the last name Thai.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Thai? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Thai as their last name.

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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).
  • 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.