Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow, pasture, or patch of arable land, Middle English l(e)ye (late Old English lēage, dative of lēah ‘wood’, ‘glade’); or a habitational name from Lye in Herefordshire (with the same etymology).
  2. French: habitational name from Lye in Indre.
  3. French (Lyé): habitational name from places called Lié in Deux-Sèvres and Vendée.
  4. Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead in Rogaland named Lye, Old Norse Lýgi meaning ‘alliance’, ‘covenant’, used to denote a place sanctified by such an agreement, such as a court or council meeting place.
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