Wei Name Meaning

Chinese : from the name of the area of Wei in present-day Shanxi province. During the Warring States period (403–221 bc), Hua Wan of the state of Jin repeatedly distinguished himself in battle, and as a reward was granted this area. His descendants subsequently adopted the place name Wei as their surname. Chinese : from the name of an area called Shiwei. A grandson of Peng Zu, who according to tradition lived for over 800 years and came to be a symbol of long life, was granted an area named Shiwei. His descendants adopted the second character of this name, Wei, as their surname. Chinese : from the name of the state of Wei. When the Zhou dynasty was established in 1122 bc, the new ruler Wu Wang left the conquered Shang people their capital, to rule themselves under the supervision of various Zhou appointees. The Shang convinced their overseers to revolt with them, but were soon put down by the Zhou. This time, Wu Wang put his younger brother Kang Shu, the eighth son of Wen Wang, in control of the area, naming it the state of Wei. Many descendants of Kang Shu later adopted Wei as their surname, although others adopted the name Kang (see Kang 1).

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

Similar surnames: Wen, Fei, Mei, Pei, Qi, Bai, Sui, Cui, Lei, Wai

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Wei Family Occupations

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In 1940, Cook was the top reported job for people in the US named Wei. 67% of Wei men worked as a Cook

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
  • Laborer

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Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Wei life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Wei in 1965 was 53, and 73 in 2004.

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