History of your Surname
Get access to Dee family records.Start a 14-Day Free Trial

Dee Family History

Dee Surname Meaning

Welsh: Anglicized form of Welsh du ‘dark black’ pronounced /di:/ in south Wales and spelled Dee in English records. Irish: shortened form of O'Day (from Ó Deaghaidh). Chinese: variant of Di . Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 李 see Li

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Dew, Doe, Ree, Lee, Hee, Gee, Bee, Deep, Dey, Deer

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Dee family from?

You can see how Dee families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dee family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dee families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 197 Dee families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded Dee's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Dee families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dee surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dee ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Dee. 18% of Dee men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Dee women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dee were Gardener and Domestic Servant. .

View Census Data for Dee | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    18%
  • Bricklayer
    10%
  • Incapacitated
    8%
  • Gardener
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    69%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    2%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Dee family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Dee. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dee census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Australian census records for Dee

Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Dee. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Dee immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Dee. For the veterans among your Dee ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Dee military records

You've only scratched the surface of Dee family history

Discover More

What is the average Dee lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Dee life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Dee in 1942 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dee

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Dee family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Dee last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial