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Lee Surname and Variants


Lee Surname and Variants

Whether you're researching the Lee families of Connacht, Kerry, Tipperary, Ulster, Virginia, or eslewhere, this group's for you. Variant spelling? No problem. Join and meet other Lee researchers.

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English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow or a patch of arable land, Middle English lee, lea, from Old English lea, dative case (used after a preposition) of leah, which originally meant ‘wood’ or ‘glade’.
English: habitational name from any of the many places named with Old English leah ‘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.
Chinese : variant of Li 3.
Korean: variant of Yi.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Discussion Forum

Lee Family in Connecticutt

Started by Carol Anne Kuse Oct 26, 2015. 0 Replies

Lee from Dunkirk New York

Started by Liz Emmerick May 14, 2012. 0 Replies

Lees of VA and TN

Started by Gen Story Girl. Last reply by Lora Miller Aug 6, 2011. 3 Replies


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