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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Lee Family Origin

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Lee Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Laborer

    11%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Lee family was Farm Laborer. The most common Lee occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Lee's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lee.

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lee

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