Mi (surname)

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Mi is the pinyin romanisation of various Chinese surnames, including , , , and others.


The () were the royal house of the states of Chu and Kui (夔) during the later Zhou dynasty. They claimed descent from Zhuanxu via his grandson Jilian, whom they credited with founding their dynasty. The Chu Lexicon at the University of Massachusetts conjectures that it was a native Chu word whose meaning was "bear", explaining the cadet members of the family recorded with the surname Xiong (Chinese: "bear").[1]

Chu had a long history of dividing its royal family into numerous cadet branches. Two of the earliest branches of Mi were Dou (鬬) and Cheng (成), together they were known as the Ruo'ao clan.[2] Jing clan (景), Zhao clan (昭), and Qu (屈) clan were later formed by descendants of different Chu kings.[3] Sanlü (三閭) was the unified clan name for Jings, Zhaos and Qus.[4] Minor branches include Ye (葉, originally Shenyin 沈尹)[5], Xiang (項), Lan (蘭), Zha (查) among others.

Some of the Pans () of China come from a cadet branch of the family, descended from Pan Chong of the Chu line.

Notable people with the surname[edit]

Mi (羋)[edit]

Mi (禰)[edit]

Mi (糜)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ University of Massachusetts. "Chu Lexicon". 2001. Accessed 3 November 2013.
  2. ^ 通志二十略. Zhonghua Book Company. 1995. ISBN 9787101010077.
  3. ^ 元和姓纂. Zhonghua Book Company. 2008. ISBN 9787101010480.
  4. ^ 史记三家注-(全二册). Guangling Shushe. 2014. ISBN 9787555401049.
  5. ^ Wang, Liqi (2010). 风俗通义校注. Zhonghua Book Company. ISBN 9787101073850.