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

The name Mei is a girl's name of Chinese origin meaning "beautiful". Mei and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Beautiful and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop one with middles ... BOYS :)".

From the experts:

Lovely name familiar in several Asian cultures.

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Famous People Named Mei

Mei Ng, American novelist
Maggie Shiu (Mei-kei), Hong Kong actress
A-mei, Taiwanese pop singer
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Chinese-American poet
Muzi Mei (born Li Li), Chinese journalist and blogger
Mei Finegold (born Meital Slonimsky), Israeli pop singer
Mae Mei Lapres, Chinese-Canadian model
Gwei Lun-Mei, Taiwanese actress
Celia Mei Rubin, American actress
Mei Kurokawa, Japanese actress
Mei Yu, YouTuber
A'mei Kazuko Grandberry (b. 2016), daughter of rapper Omarion and Apryl Jones

Pop Culture References for the name Mei

Mei, princess in Disney's "Mulan 2"
An-mei Hsu, character in "Joy Luck Club"
Jing-mei Woo, character in "Joy Luck Club"
Mei, character in movie "My Neighbor Totoro"
Mei Yasumura, character in anime "Ouran High School Host Club"
Mei, character in French animated series "Galactik Football"
Mei, character in manga "O-Parts Hunter"
Mei Hotarubi, character in "Loveless"
Meimei (妹妹), Chinese term for a little sister
Misaki Mei, character in anime "Another"
Mei-Ling Zhou, playable hero in Blizzard Entertainment game "Overwatch"
Mei Mio, character from the video game "Yandere Simulator"


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.