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Last name origins & meanings:
- English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow
or a patch of arable land, Middle English lee, lea, from
Old English lēa, dative case (used after a preposition) of
lēah, which originally meant ‘wood’ or ‘glade’.
- English: habitational name from any of the many places named with Old English
lēah ‘wood’, ‘glade’, as for example Lee in Buckinghamshire,
Essex, Hampshire, Kent, and Shropshire, and Lea in Cheshire,
Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, and Wiltshire.
- Irish: reduced Americanized form of Ó Laoidhigh
‘descendant of Laoidheach’, a personal name derived from
laoidh ‘poem’, ‘song’ (originally a byname for a poet).
- Americanized spelling of Norwegian Li or Lie.
- Chinese: variant of Li 1.
- Chinese: variant of Li 2.
variant of Li 3.
- Korean: variant of Yi.
- Lee is a prominent VA family name brought over in 1641 by Richard
Lee (d. 1664), a VA planter and legislator. His great-grandsons
included the brothers Arthur, Francis L., Richard Henry, and William
Lee, all prominent American Revolution legislators and diplomats.
Famous people with this last name:
This name appears in the following lists:
Before They Were Famous - Name Changers,
Flowers and Trees,
Heroes and Heroines,
Rock Kings and Queens,
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