The Mei came from the Zhi family. They were awarded a kingdom in the southeast of Hao County in Anhui. The Duke of Mei was known as Mei Bo. During 's reign in the Shang Dynasty, Duke Mei Bo pleaded repeatedly to Zhou to repent from his cruelty. This angered King Zhou who beheaded Mei Bo. Mei Bo's descendants began to assume the last name Mei to commemorate this righteous Duke.
The Mei ancestral hometown is located 60 miles southeast of Ru'nan in Henan.
Prominent people with the surname ÷
*Mei Yaochen, Song Dynasty poet
*Mei Lanfang, famous Beijing opera actor
*Mei Ju-ao, jurist of the Tokyo Trial
*Anita Mui, famous Hong Kong singer and actress