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Mei Family History

Mei Name Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 梅 meaning ‘Chinese plum’: from the placename Huang Mei (黃梅) the name of a fief (located in present-day Hubei Province) which was given to the grandson of Mei Bo (梅伯 Earl of Mei) by King Wu of Zhou (c. 1087–1043 BC). When the name of the fiefdom was adopted as a surname it was shortened to Mei (梅). Dutch: variant of May . Italian: patronymic or plural form of Meo .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wei, Fei, Pei, Meo, Meis, Mein, Meli, Sui, Lei, Qi

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You can see how Mei families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mei family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Mei families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 2 Mei families living in Ontario. This was 100% of all the recorded Mei's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Mei families in 1911.
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What did your Mei ancestors do for a living?

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

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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

  • Waiter
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Mei. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mei census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Mei. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Mei. For the veterans among your Mei ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mei lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Mei life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Mei in 1960 was 50, and 81 in 2004.

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