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Origin and Meaning of Li

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Li
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  1. A Chinese measure of distance, being a little more than one third of a mile.
  2. A Chinese copper coin; a cash. See Cash.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Chinese distance measure; approximately 0.5 kilometers
  2. A soft silver-white univalent element of the alkali metal group; the lightest metal known; occurs in several minerals
  3. Being one more than fifty
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​ of Chinese origin, a transcription of 李 ()
  2. A surname​ of Chinese origin, a transcription of other less common names such as 黎 () and 理 ()
  3. A surname​ of Korean origin, a variant of Lee and Rhee (Hanja: 李; Hangul: 이 & 리)
  4. A county in Gansu province in China

Li was also found in the following language(s): Translingual and Vietnamese

Notable Persons Named Li

Li was born in 1677 in Sichuan. He breathed his last breath on May 6th, 1933.

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Li Ka-shing is a chairman of ck hutchison holdings, chairman of ck property holdings, chairman of li ka shing foundation, ck hutchison holdings, cheung kong property holdings, li ka shing foundation, chairman ofck hutchison holdings, chairman ofck property holdings, and c. Li was born on July 29th, 1928 in Chaozhou, Guangdong, China.

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Li Bingbing is an actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present.

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Lykke Li is an indie pop, alternative rock, and dream pop musician. She plays Piano, Percussion instrument, Autoharp, Kazoo, Tambourine, and Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 2007. Lykke was given the name Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson on March 18th, 1986 in Ystad, Skåne, Sweden. Lykke is also known as Zachrisson and Li Lykke Timotej Svensson.

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Li Keqiang is a Communist Party Secretary of Liaoning, Communist Party Secretary of Henan, First Secretary of the Communist Youth League of China, Li Keqiang Government, Premier of the People's Republic of China, First Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Comm. Li was born on July 1st, 1955 in Dingyuan County.

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Li Bai is a writer. Li was born in Suyab.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Li

Jet Li is an actor, martial artist, director, film producer, singer, author, and chinese martial arts. He has been prominent since 1982. Jet is also known as 李陽中 (Traditional), 李阳中 (Simplified), Lǐ Yángzhōng (Mandarin), and Lei5 Joeng4 Zung1 (Cantonese) (Chinese producer pseudonym).

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Tim McLean was a carnival worker and menial worker. Tim was given the name Vince Weiguang Li on October 3rd, 1985 in Winnipeg. They left this life on July 30th, 2008.

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Gong Li is an actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present.

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Lykke Li is an indie pop, alternative rock, and dream pop musician. She plays Piano, Percussion instrument, Autoharp, Kazoo, Tambourine, and Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 2007. Lykke was given the name Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson on March 18th, 1986 in Ystad, Skåne, Sweden. Lykke is also known as Zachrisson and Li Lykke Timotej Svensson.

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Herman Li is a power metal, speed metal, neoclassical metal, thrash metal, and black metal musician and record producer. He plays Ibanez E-Gen. He was most prominent from 1993 to present. Herman was born Herman Li on October 3rd, 1976 in Hong Kong.

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Robin Li is a chairman and ceo, baidu inc., board of directors, education & technology group inc., baidu, and new oriental. Robin was born on November 17th, 1968 in Yangquan.

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Popularity of Li as a last name

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Common last names for Li

  • Chen
  • Wang
  • Lee
  • Huang
  • Liu
  • Lu

Common first names for Li

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Li U.S.
  White 1.49% 64.26%
  African American 0.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 96.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.02% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.89% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.63% 16.26%

Of Last Name Li

People with the last name Li are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Li

  • How Popular is the name Li? Li is the 19,400th most popular name of all time. As a last name Li was the 273rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Li have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 371 babies born with the first name Li in the United States. That's more than enough people named Li to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Li? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1952 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Li first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Li is Sunday, April 15th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Li born? The highest recorded use of the first name Li was in 2001 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Random Li Factoid: According to the 2005 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Li is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2005.
  • Weird things about the name Li: Your name in reverse order is Il. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Li. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Li? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 111,786 people with the last name Li.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Li? Li was ranked as the 273rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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