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Meaning and Origin of: Lee

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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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’.
  2. 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.
  3. Irish: reduced Americanized form of Ó Laoidhigh ‘descendant of Laoidheach’, a personal name derived from laoidh ‘poem’, ‘song’ (originally a byname for a poet).
  4. Americanized spelling of Norwegian Li or Lie.
  5. Chinese: variant of Li 1.
  6. Chinese: variant of Li 2.
  7. Chinese: variant of Li 3.
  8. Korean: variant of Yi.
  9. 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 first name: Jason Lee, Tommy Lee, Spike Lee

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