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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wai

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Borrowing from Thai ไหว้ (wâi, “a gesture of thanks”).

  1. A Thai greeting wherein the palms are brought together in front of the face or chest, sometimes accompanied with a bow.

Phonetic respelling of why.

    wai was also found in the following language(s): 'Are'are, Aka-Bea, Arosi, Buli (Indonesia), Central Tagbanwa, Duri, Fijian, Gothic, Hawaiian, Japanese, Kambera, Kapingamarangi, Lamaholot, Lau, Malay, Mamasa, Mamuju, Mandarin, Maori, Masiwang, Nauete, Neko, Omba, Oroha, Owa, Palu'e, Pitjantjatjara, Raga, Sa'a, Sikaiana, Tae', Tangoa, Torres Strait Creole, Viti, Waima'a, and Waropen

    Notable Persons Named Wai

    Wai Lin is a fictional character.


    She was most prominent from 2011 to present. Wai was born on May 20th, 1960 in Hong Kong.


    Wai was born on May 12th, 1987 in Kowloon.



    Moe Set Wine is a model, businessperson, and model (people). She holds the title Miss Myanmar 2013 and Miss Myanmar. Moe was given the name Wai Wai Khine on May 20th, 1988 in Yangon.


    Wai is also known as Yao and Wei Kelly.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wai

    She was most prominent from 2008 to present. Michelle was born on November 24th, 1984 in Hong Kong.


    His military service ended in 1944. Francis was born on April 14th, 1917 in Honolulu. Francis is also known as Wai and Francis Brown. He breathed his last breath on October 20th, 1944.


    Lam Ka Wai is a soccer player for the Kitchee SC, Hong Kong Rangers FC, Double Flower FA, Hong Kong national under-23 football team, and Hong Kong national football team. Lam was born on June 5th, 1985 in Hong Kong. Lam is also known as 林嘉緯 (Chinese).


    He has had major accomplishments since 1995. Tan was born on October 7th, 1957 in Negeri Sembilan, Federation of Malaya.


    So was born on October 6th, 1981.


    Wong Wai is a soccer player for the Hong Kong Pegasus FC, Sham Shui Po SA, Dreams Metro Gallery FC, Hong Kong national under-20 football team, Hong Kong national under-23 football team, and Hong Kong national football team. Wong was born on August 27th, 1992 in Hong Kong.


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    Popularity of Wai as a last name

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    Common last names for Wai

    • Wong
    • Lee
    • Chan
    • Ng
    • Lau
    • Tam
    • Leung
    • Lam
    • Cheung
    • Cheng
    • Chu
    • Yuen
    • Fong

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Wai U.S.
      White 3.25% 64.26%
      African American 2.52% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 86.90% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 6.67% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Wai

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Wai

    • How Popular is the name Wai? Wai is the 23,371st most popular name of all time. As a last name Wai was the 21,320th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Wai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 262 babies born with the first name Wai in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wai 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 Wai? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1970 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Wai first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wai is Friday, May 21st, 1880.
    • What year had the most people named Wai born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wai was in 1977 with a total of 15 babies.
    • Random Wai Factoid: According to the 1987 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wai is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1987.
    • Weird things about the name Wai: Your name in reverse order is Iaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wia. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Wai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,229 people with the last name Wai.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wai? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Wai as their last name since less than 1 person in 238k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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