Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
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