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Lei Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 雷 meaning ‘thunder’ in Chinese: (i) from the second element of Fang Lei (方雷) the name of an ancient state prior to the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). The state is said to have been named for Fang Lei Shi son of the legendary king Yu Wang (traditional dates: 4561–4494 BC) associated with a fief called Fangshan (perhaps in present-day Yuzhou or Songshan in Henan province). Some of the people from the state acquired 雷 as their surname while others acquired 方 (Fang) as their surname. (ii) said to be traced back to Lei Gong (雷公) a famous doctor during the reign of the legendary Huang Di the Yellow Emperor (c. 27th century BC). Chinese: Cantonese form of the surnames 李 and 利 see Li 1 and Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 呂 see Lu 6. Dutch: nickname for a lazy person from Middle Dutch lei ‘lazy’.

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


Similar surnames: Li, Lai, Lee, Leis, Mei, Pei, Leu, Wei, Leo, Lui

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You can see how Lei families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lei family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Lei families were found in and USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 7 Lei families living in British Columbia. This was about 58% of all the recorded Lei's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Lei families in 1911.
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What did your Lei ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Lei. 100% of Lei men worked as a Labourer. .

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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 1921

  • Labourer
    100%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Lei. For the veterans among your Lei ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lei lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Lei life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Lei in 1960 was 51, and 72 in 2004.

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