Meaning and Origin of: Lei

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Chinese : Flower bud
  • Irish : The narrows; a place where cattle graze; a wood; a church
  • Scottish : From a narrow strait; the name of a Scottish region
  • Chinese : Thunder

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • Chinese : said to be from a modified form of the name of Lei Zu, principal wife of the legendary emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc) and the first woman to be designated empress.
  • Chinese : Cantonese variant of Li 1.
  • Dutch : nickname for a lazy person, from Middle Dutch lei ‘lazy’.