Meaning: “Beautiful plum” or “plum blossom”
Gender: Female
Pronunciation: MAY
Origin: Chinese
Other forms of the name: N/A

Plums have many connections to the winter season; there’s the Sugarplum Fairy from the “Nutcracker”, Plum Pudding, and Prunus mume, or Prunus mei.

Prunus mei aka Plum Blossom in English, is one of the most loved flowers in China, there it is seen as a sign of winter. It blooms in winter time and is listed as one of the “The Friends of Winter” along with bamboo and chrysanthemum. It is also one of the “Flowers of Four Seasons”. There are orchids (spring), lotus (summer), chrysanthemums (autumn), and plum blossoms (winter). The designer for the Ming Dynasty’s garden described them as the “beautiful woman of the forest and moon”.

Plum pudding is also known simply as Christmas Pudding. Plum refers to any type of dried fruit in it. It has been around since the Medieval ages where the Roman Catholic Church decreed that the “pudding should be made on the 25th Sunday after Trinity, that it be prepared with 13 ingredients to represent Christ and the 12 apostles, and that every family member stir it in turn from east to west to honour the Magi and their supposed journey in that direction”.