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Lee Family History

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 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Lee Families

  • Number of Lee families
     1,775 - 3,547
     592 - 1,774
     1 - 591
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Lee families
     4,269 - 8,536
     1,424 - 4,268
     1 - 1,423
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Lee families
     250 - 498
     84 - 249
     1 - 83
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Lee Family Origin

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Lee Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Lee

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Lee Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Lee Civil War Service Records

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Confederate
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Union
4,673

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