Meaning and Origin of: Lee

The name Lee comes from English word laye, which means “clearing in the woods” or “meadow.”

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : Weary
  • Old English : Glade
  • Gaelic : Poet
  • English : Sheltered from the storm
  • Irish : Poetic
  • Chinese : Plum
  • Scottish : Dweller in the gray castle
  • Old English : Small meadow

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Glade
  • Gaelic : Poet
  • Chinese : Plum
  • Old French : The king
  • English : English moor; meadow; Outdoors loving
  • Old English : Dweller by the deer meadow

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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