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Gender: Male Meaning of Ming: "shining bright" Origin of Ming: Chinese

The name Ming is a boy's name meaning "shining bright". Ming and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Hope and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Your Own Family, Choose Their Family".

From the experts:

A common Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean unisex name, and the name of a culturally rich Chinese Dynastic period. Yao Ming is the seven and a half foot Shanghai-born basketball star. Trivia tidbit: His parents were the tallest couple in China at the time of his birth.

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Famous People Named Ming

Yao Ming, Chinese basketball player
Ming Lee Simmons, daughter of American model Kimora Lee Simmons
Ming-Na Wen, Macau-born American Actress
Ming Chen, star of AMC's Comic Book Men

Pop Culture References for the name Ming

Ming Huang, character in MTV's "Awkward"
Ming Zhang, character in Netflix's "American Vandal"


no1d Says:


True. I went to school with a Korean war adoptee named Min.

no1d Says:


My grandfather was born in the 1800s in Hong Kong and was named Ming. My dad adjusted my english name so if you listen close it souinds like Ming ha.

Ming Says:


My name is Ming, believe it or not. I'm Chinese btw

flora_kate Says:


All I can think of is MingMing from the movie "Elf."

bootsie Says:


What a lovely sound.

Essa Says:


Where I'm from if something is minging it is disgusting or gross. Definitely not useable here.

Alicia1 Says:


This is a darling name and I would use it for a girl.

Guest Says:


I told my mom I would use this name on a daughter one day and she actually liked that idea. I was shocked lol she is quite picky with names.

alveraolive Says:


This is not a Korean name... however, Min is a Korean boys name.