Meaning of Name Mei Ling

Q: What does the name mei-ling mean?

There are two characters in the name "Mei-ling" or "Mei Ling" or "Meiling". In the old days it was also latinized as "May-ling". However you write the name in letters, the characters are the same. The first character, "Mei", means "beautiful". The second character, "Ling", means "years" or "age".

Song Meiling, or Madame Chiang Kai-shek, was the youngest of three sisters. The eldest of the three sisters was Song Ailing. "Ai" means "kind" or "gentle". The middle sister is Song Qingling. "Qing" means "celebrating". They also had a young brother, whose name is Song Ziwen; "Ziwen" means "Son Literary".

Song Ailing married a banker in China who served as the prime minister and the minister of finance under Chiang Kai-shek. Song Qingling married Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Republic of China, whom position Chiang Kai-shek succeeded.