Mei

First Name
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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Mei

User Submitted Origins

     Chinese
80%
     Japanese
10%
     Korean
10%

User Submitted Meanings

  • A user from New York, United States says the name Mei is of Korean origin and means "Angelic".
  • According to a user from Myanmar, the name Mei means "Sister".
  • A submission from California, United States says the name Mei means "Beautiful" and is of Chinese origin.
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  1. Japanese ornamental tree with fragrant white or pink blossoms and small yellow fruits
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name

Mei was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Hawaiian, Indonesian, Malay, Maori, Swahili, and Tok Pisin

Notable Persons Named Mei

Mei Melançon is an actress, writer, director, producer, and model. Mei was born on March 3rd, 1980.

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May'n is a j-pop and music of japan musician. She was most prominent from 2005 to present. May'n was given the name Mei Nakabayashi on October 21st, 1989. May'n is also known as May'n.

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Mei Lanfang is an artist.

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Mei was born on March 1st, 1973 in Beirut. Mei is also known as May Shigenobu.

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Mei was born on February 3rd, 1983 in Tokyo.

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Mei was born on November 7th, 1904 in Nanchang, Jiangxi. He left this life on April 23rd, 1973.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Mei

Verena was born in 2 in Pearl City, Hawaii.

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Eva was born in 1967 in Fabriano.

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Ze is also known as Mei Yi.

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Hu Mei is a film director, television director, and film producer. She has had major accomplishments since 1980. Hu was born on September 2nd, 1958 in Beijing.

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Pan Mei was a Zhongwu Command military governor. Pan was born in 925 in likely modern Daming County, Hebei. He died on July 20th, 0991.

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He left this life in 1676.

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How popular is the baby name Mei in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1947 6 6 0
1948 6 6 0
1949 6 6 0
1953 5 5 0
1957 5 5 0
1959 5 5 0
1960 7 7 0
1963 8 8 0
1964 10 10 0
1967 5 5 0
1969 6 6 0
1970 8 8 0
1972 10 10 0
1973 8 8 0
1974 14 14 0
1975 9 9 0
1976 14 14 0
1977 12 12 0
1978 18 18 0
1979 18 18 0
1980 18 18 0
1981 14 14 0
1982 15 15 0
1983 16 16 0
1984 10 10 0
1985 17 17 0
1986 12 12 0
1987 11 11 0
1988 9 9 0
1989 14 14 0
1990 21 21 0
1991 17 17 0
1992 17 17 0
1993 27 27 0
1994 12 12 0
1995 21 21 0
1996 15 15 0
1997 26 26 0
1998 14 14 0
1999 21 21 0
2000 41 41 0
2001 29 29 0
2002 30 30 0
2003 45 45 0
2004 35 35 0
2005 32 32 0
2006 47 47 0
2007 48 48 0
2008 32 32 0
2009 46 46 0
2010 33 33 0
2011 39 39 0
2012 39 39 0
2013 46 46 0
2014 49 49 0
2015 44 44 0
2016 54 54 0
2017 52 52 0
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

Where is the name Mei popular?

International Interest for Mei

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Popularity of Mei as a first name

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Popularity of Mei as a last name

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Common last names for Mei

  • Wong
  • Lee
  • Chan
  • Huang
  • Chen
  • Wu
  • Lin
  • Yee
  • Wang
  • Yu
  • Liu
  • Cheng
  • Fong
  • Chu
  • Zhu

Common first names for Mei

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mei U.S.
  White 6.37% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 91.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.62% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.97% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mei

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

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Fun Facts about the name Mei

  • How Popular is the name Mei? Mei is the 9,156th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mei was the 4,510th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mei have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,248 babies born with the first name Mei in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mei to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mei? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1947 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Mei first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mei is Saturday, November 1st, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Mei born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mei was in 2016 with a total of 54 babies.
  • Random Mei Factoid: According to the 2005 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mei 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 Mei: Your name in reverse order is Iem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eim. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mei? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,867 people with the last name Mei.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mei? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Mei as their last name.

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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