Wai name meaning

Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Wai mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Wai

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 submissions from New Zealand and the United States agree the name Wai means "Water" and is of Maori / Hawaiian origin.
  2. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Wai means "wisdom in Chinese".
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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

    Notable Persons Named Wai

    Wai Lin

    Wai Lin is a fictional character.

    Wai Young

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

    Wai Sze Lee

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

    Wai Chee Dimock

    Moe Set Wine

    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 Yiu

    Wai is also known as Yao and Wei Kelly.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wai

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Wai

    Michelle Wai

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

    Francis Brown Wai

    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

    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).

    Tan Kok Wai

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

    So Wa Wai

    So was born on October 6th, 1981.

    Wong Wai

    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.


    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

  1. How Popular is the name Wai? Wai is the 24,087th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wai was the 21,320th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Wai have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Random Wai Factoid: According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wai is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name in 1982.
  7. Weird things about the name Wai: The name spelled backwards is Iaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Iwa. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Wai? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,229 people with the last name Wai.
  9. 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!
  10. Wai name meaning

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