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Lee / Plum

China
HK lee
Japan ri / sumomo
Lee / Plum

李 is the most common Chinese character which sounds like "Lee" or "Li" and is used as a surname / family name in China.

李 actually means "Plum." So it's really Mr. Plum and Mrs. Plum if you translated the name instead of romanizing.

李 is not the only character in Chinese that can be romanized as "Lee" or "Li." If your family name is "Lee" or "Li" please be sure this is the correct character before you order this scroll (look at your grandparents' Chinese passports or other documents if you are an ABC and are trying to create a heritage wall scroll).

Famous people with this surname include Bruce Lee (Li Xiao-Long), Minister Li Peng, and famous Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai. In Korea, this is the original character for a surname that romanizes as "Yi".


Note: This also one version of Lee that is a common Korean surname. However, it's often romanized as "Yi" and sometimes as "Ri" or "Rhee."

Lee

China
Lee

麗 is the most common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the feminine western name Lee.

麗 means "pretty" or "beautiful."


Note: This can sometimes be used as a female given name in China. It is not the only given name that sounds like Lee or Li in China. For instance, this is a completely different character than the one used for Bruce Lee's name.

Lee

China
Lee

莉 is an alternate transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the feminine western name Lee.

莉 means "jasmine," as in the flower.


Note: This can sometimes be used as a female given name in China. It is not the only given name that sounds like Lee or Li in China.

Lee

China
Lee

力 is the most common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the masculine western name Lee.

力 means "power" or "strength."


Note: This can sometimes be used as a male given name in China. It is not the only given name that sounds like Lee or Li in China.

Lee

China
Lee

理 is an alternate transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the masculine western name Lee.

理 means "reason," "logic" or sometimes, "science."


Note: This can sometimes be used as a male given name in China. It is not the only given name that sounds like Lee or Li in China.

Lee

Japan rii
Lee

リー is the name Lee written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Search for Lee in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Lee
Plum
ri / sumomolǐ / li3 / li
Lee
lì / li4 / li
Lee lì / li4 / li
Lee lì / li4 / li
Lee lǐ / li3 / li
Lee リーrii / ri
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


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