Mei (surname)

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Mei (Chinese: ; pinyin: Méi) is a Chinese surname, transcribed in the Mandarin dialect. In Hong Kong and other Cantonese-speaking regions, the name may be transliterated as Mui or Moy.[1] In Vietnam, this surname is spelled Mai. In romanized Korean, it is spelled Mae.

It is also a Western surname.


The Mei clan came from the Zi family. They were awarded a kingdom in the southeast of Bo County in Anhui. The Mei ancestral hometown is located 60 miles southeast of Runan in Henan in central China.

The first patriarch of the Mei lineage was Mei Bo or the Earl of Mei.[1] During King Zhou's reign (Shang Dynasty), Mei Bo pleaded repeatedly to King Zhou to repent from his cruel and corrupt ways. Mei Bo's convictions angered the erratic ruler, which he viewed as insubordination. As punishment, the Earl of Mei was beheaded. Inspired by Mei Bo's acts, his descendants subsequently adopted the surname of Mei to pay homage to this ancient noble.

People with the surname 梅[edit]

People with the surname Mei[edit]

  • Andrea Mei (born 1989), Italian footballer
  • Anna Mei (born 1967), Italian racing cyclist and mountain biker
  • Bernardino Mei (1612/15–1676), Italian painter and engraver
  • Giovanni Mei (born 1953), Italian retired footballer
  • Girolamo Mei (1519–1594), Italian historian and humanist
  • Lev Mei (1822-1862), Russian dramatist and poet
  • Natalie Mei (1900-1975), Estonian painter and graphic artist
  • Paolo Mei (1831–1900), Italian painter
  • Stefano Mei (born 1963), Italian long-distance runner


  1. ^ a b Louie, Emma Woo: "Chinese American Names"., p.29. McFarland & Co, Inc., 1998.