Last name origins & meanings:
- English: topographic name for someone whose dwelling was ‘by the
clearing or meadow’, Middle English atte lee. The word
lea or lee (Old English lēah) originally meant
‘wood’, thence ‘clearing in a wood’, and, by the Middle English
period, ‘grassy meadow’.
- This is the name of a family that was prominent in Lancaster, PA,
in the 18th century.
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