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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • French : habitational name from Leys in Saône-et-Loire.
  • Dutch : patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Laurei(n)s (see Lawrence).
  • Scottish : habitational name from a place in Aberdeenshire called Leys, named with Old English lǣse ‘pasture’, ‘meadow’ (see Lees).

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