Gender: Female Pronunciation: may Meaning of Mei: "beautiful" Origin of Mei: Chinese and Hawaiian

Mei Origin and Meaning

The name Mei is a girl's name of Chinese origin meaning "beautiful".

Lovely name familiar in several Asian cultures.

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RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:


This is the name I gave a character in a book I wrote. i found the meanings "beautiful" and "plum" online, which came up when she was teaching an alien Chinese. Didn't know about any of the others though.

indiefendi2 Says:


I once had a coworker named Mei. She didn't make it seem that deep.

Loveislife23 Says:


Mei is also the Dutch word for May, but it's not pronounced like may.

SimoneKadele Says:


I love this name! It is a great spelling. It reminds me of the little girl from "My Neighbor Totoro".

tfzolghadr Says:


As Chinese is a tonal language and English lacks tones, Mei (without writing the character or tone) could have many different meanings. Those meanings include "beautiful", "to sleep soundly", "a measure word/ Chinese surname", "eyebrow", "each", "have not", "plum", "coal", "moldy, bacteria", "charming", "younger sister", "magnesium", "radiant, flaming", "disease caused by anxiety", "quickening of the fetus", "wasted, rotten", "berry, strawberry", "enzyme, ferment", "demon, magic", "americum", "lock, metal dog collar", "a kind of evergreen tree", etc. So to say that it means "beautiful" is a gross oversimplification. It can mean beautiful with the right tone and character, but it can also mean many, many other things.

Sweekune Says:


I love this multicultural name. To me it's much prettier than May or Mae.