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Lei (surname)

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Language(s)  Chinese
Meaning  Thunder
Word/Name  China
Lei (surname)
Pronunciation  Léi (Mandarin) Lûi (Hokkien)
Language(s)  Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean
Variant(s)  Lei (Mandarin) Lui, Leoi, Loi (Cantonese) Louie, Louis (Taishanese) Lui (Hokkien, Teochew) Lūi (Gan) No, Ro (Korean) Lôi (Vietnamese)

Lei is the pinyin romanization of the Chinese surname (Léi).


Additionally, the very common Chinese surname Li () is sometimes romanized as "Lei", particularly among the Macanese.


雷 is also romanized as Lui in Hokkien and Teochew, Lui or Loi in Cantonese; Louie or Louis in Taishanese; Lūi in Gan.

It is rendered as Lôi in Vietnamese; Roe () or Noe () in Korean; and Rai in Japanese.


雷 is the 79th-most-common surname in mainland China but not included among the 100 most common surnames on Taiwan.

In the United States, Lei is an uncommon surname, ranking 14,849th during the 1990 census and 6,583rd during the year 2000 census. In order, "Roe", "Louis", "Noe", "Louie", and "Lui" were all more common than the pinyin name; Loi and Rai were quite uncommon; and Leoi was held by fewer than 100 US residents and left unlisted by the Census Bureau.

In Canada, Lei and Lui were among the 200 most common peculiarly Chinese-Canadian surnames found in a 2010 study by Baiju Shah & al, which data-mined the Registered Persons Database of Canadian health card recipients in the province of Ontario. Rai was found, but among the most common surnames of the Indian-Canadian community.


雷 is the Chinese character for "thunder".

In Old Chinese, its pronunciation has been reconstructed as *C.rˤuj; and in Middle Chinese, as Lwoj.

Persons with the surname

  • Lei Chen (1897–1979), Taiwanese politician
  • Lei Feng, Chinese soldier
  • Lei Jun, Chinese entrepreneur
  • Lei Sheng (born 1984), Chinese foil fencer
  • Lei Tingjie, Chinese chess player
  • Lei Yixin (born 1954), Chinese sculptor
  • Lei Zhengfu, Chinese politician
  • References

    Lei (surname) Wikipedia

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