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Lees Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name from Middle English lees ‘fields’, ‘arable land’, plural of lee (see Lee), or from Middle English lese ‘pasture’, ‘meadow’ (Old English l?s). English: habitational name from Leece or Lees in Lancashire, or Leese in Cheshire, all named from Old English leas ‘woodland clearings’ (plural of leah), or from Leece in Cumbria, which was probably named with a Celtic word, lïss ‘hall’, ‘court’, ‘the principal house in a district’. English: variant spelling of Leece 1. Scottish: reduced form of Gillies. Scottish and Irish: reduced and altered form of McLeish. Dutch: variant of Leys.

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


Similar surnames: Lee, Leys, Leed, Hees, Dees, Leas, Lier, Leet, Leese, Leeds

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Where is the Lees family from?

You can see how Lees families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lees family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lees families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 16 Lees families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Lees's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lees families in 1840.
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What did your Lees ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lees. 9% of Lees men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Lees women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lees were Clerk and New Worker.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    9%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • New Worker
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Lees. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Lees. For the veterans among your Lees ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lees lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Lees life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Lees in 1946 was 45, and 77 in 2004.

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