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What does Mai mean?

Mai Pronunciation of Mai [mai] as a girls' name is pronounced mye. Nickname of Margit and Maria.


Mai has 1 variant: Maj.

Related girl names: May and Maya.

8 more relations via Margit, Maria: Maree, Mariah, Marie, Marika, Marja, Marya, Mayra and Mayria.

Creative forms:
(female) Mah, Mami, ..

(male) Maimo, Mamil, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mai Edith (M.E.), ..

How popular is Mai?

Mai is a very popular first name for women (#925 out of 4276, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2752 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Mai reached its apex position of #795 in the U.S. in 1990, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mai name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mai outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Mai are Maree, Maria (#109 via latest list), Mariah (#155), Marie (#564), Marika, May (#1658), Maya (#69) and Mayra (#1275). Adoption of these forms of Mai was well-received among parents in the 1890s (usage of 2.21%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.68%, 69%). Maria has historically been popular among parents, although Maya seems to be getting popular too, while forms such as Marie used to be popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mai, Maree, Maria, Mariah, Marie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marika, May, Maya, Mayra in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariah, Maya outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mai is pronounced similarly to Mae, Maia, Maiah, Maiya, Maiyah, Mayah, Maye, Mea, Mei, Meya, Mia, Miah, Miya, Mo, Moia, Moya and Mya. Other recommended names are Cai, Dai, Gai, Kai, Mab, Maci, Mag, Mair, Maji, Mal, Mali, Mari, Mat, Max and Maxi. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mai.

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