Simplified Form: 李阳, Traditional Form: 李陽, Semi-cursive Script: , Small Seal Script:
Pinyin "Li", also written as "Lee" (Wade–Giles); is one the most popular (~100 million) family names in China, as well as in the world.
In ancient scripts it appears as "杍". Both characters consist "木" (tree) and "子" (child). So 李 is often called "木子李", "child of tree".
"李" means plum (tree).
"李" was also used interchangeably with "理", meaning "judge and/or justice".
See Kangxi: page 511, character 11
"阳" means the sun, the same as its right part, "日". The bronze inscription of "日",
"阳" originally means south side of the mountain and/or north bank of the river (brighter side) in contrast of "阴" north side of the mountain and/or south bank of the river (dimmer side).
"阳" also means male, positive, bright;
See Kangxi: page 1355, character 15
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