The Mǐ (芈) were the royal house of the states of Chu and Yue 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").
Notable people with the surname
- Mi Heng (禰衡; 173 – 200) – Scholar in the Late Han Dynasty
- Mi Zhu (糜竺; died c. 221) – Official under warlord Liu Bei in the Late Han Dynasty
- Mi Fang (糜芳) General under Liu Bei then military general of Eastern Wu
- University of Massachusetts. "Chu Lexicon". 2001. Accessed 3 November 2013.
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