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Lee Name Meaning

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 in England named with Old English lēah ‘wood glade’ including Lee in Buckinghamshire Essex Hampshire Kent and Shropshire and Lea in Cheshire Derbyshire Herefordshire Lancashire Lincolnshire and Wiltshire. Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Ó Laoidhigh ‘descendant of Laoidheach’ a personal name derived from laoidh ‘poem song’ (originally a byname for a poet). Americanized form of Norwegian Lie or Li 1 Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 李 黎 利 栗 厲 and 酈. See Li 1-6. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 雷 see Lei 7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 呂 see Lu 6.8: Southeast Asian (Hmong): variant of Ly 9: Southeast Asian (Iu Mien): from the name of the Lee clan of the Iu Mien people from Laos. Compare Saelee .10: Korean: variant of Yi Compare Lie

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

Similar surnames: Lye, Lees, Lew, Leed, Gee, See, Leer, Ree, Lie, Ley

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Where is the Lee family from?

You can see how Lee families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lee family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lee families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 8,536 Lee families living in Yorkshire. This was about 16% of all the recorded Lee's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Lee families in 1891.
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What did your Lee 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 Lee. 7% of Lee men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Lee women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lee were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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*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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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There are 448,000 military records available for the last name Lee. For the veterans among your Lee ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lee lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Lee life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lee in 1940 was 53, and 73 in 2004.

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