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

Similar surnames: Lye, Lees, Lew, Leed, Gee, See, Leer, Ree, Lie, Ley

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Lee Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lee. 17% of Lee men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Lee women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lee were Truck Driver and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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