Turns out Lay sounds the same as the Chinese word 'Lei', meaning 'tired'.
Yixing talks about it in an English translation below:
"Do you know what my stage name is? It's LAY. (Note: Lay sounds the same as the word Lei, meaning tired in Chinese). See, it's really this. Why did they give me this name, Lay? It's very interesting, I didn't have a choice in this matter. At that time the company (preparing for debut), they said they think the name Lay is not bad. I asked why. They said in "Meteor Garden/Boys Over Flowers/Hana Yori Dango" there is a character called Huaze Lei, who is quiet and doesn't say much, but plays the violin and is talented and likes music quite a bit. At that time how could I think much? Sure, as long as I can debut, sure sure, you guys do what you want, I'm fine, I'm fine with it. I didn't think it'd become an attribute I can't shake off, 'tired'" (Source)
We guess being a super successful singer, songwriter, dancer, variety show star and idol show judge could be tiring? Tbh, we'd rather think of Lay as the self-proclaimed lead sheep in China.
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