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Mei Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of an area called Mein during the Shang dynasty. Under the reign of the corrupt and cruel last king of the Shang dynasty, Zhou Xin (1154–1123 bc), a high counselor’s position was occupied by the prince of the area of Mei. The prince of Mei was loyal but outspoken, and many times criticized his ruler’s extravagant and dissolute behavior. This enraged the king, who executed the prince. The deceased’s descendants subsequently adopted the place name Mei as their surname. Dutch: variant of May. Italian: from a patronymic or plural form of a short form of the personal names Bartolomeo, Romeo, or Tolomeo. Italian: see Meo.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Wei, Fei, Pei, Meo, Meis, Mein, Meli, Sui, Lei, Qi

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Where is the Mei family from?

You can see how Mei families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mei family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Mei families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 2 Mei families living in Michigan. This was about 40% of all the recorded Mei's in the USA. Michigan and 1 other state had the highest population of Mei families in 1880.
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What did your Mei ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mei. 34% of Mei men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Mei women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mei were Mechanic and Operator.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Bartender
  • Clerk
  • Mechanic

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Operator
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Mei. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Mei. For the veterans among your Mei ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mei lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Mei life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Mei in 1960 was 50, and 81 in 2004.

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