Lee Name Meaning & Origin

Lee

Pronunciation: LEE (key)

Origin of the name Lee:

Transferred use of the surname derived from the Old English lēah (wood, clearing, meadow), lee has the meaning "dweller by the wood or clearing." In Middle English, the spelling lēah evolved to leigh, legh. Lee is popularly used as a name element in combination names such as Kathy-Lee and Lee-Ann.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Dull, masculine sounding first name, but might be okay for a middle name.

I like it.

My dad's middle name is Lee, so I and my siblings all have Lee for our middle names.

A middle name that will go with anything

Can also mean 'shelter'.

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Popular surname: Irish "Lee, Chinese "Li", Norwegian "Lie"...

My dad's mom was from Lillehammer, Norway. When she joined her sisters in Boston, they eventually changed the spelling of their last name from Lie to Lee. She named her children American names - when I asked where she got them, dad said "the society pages". But dad's middle name was his father's first name. And her daughter's middle name was Lee.

Both my dad and aunt gave the middle name Lee to a daughter. And three of my cousins gave their oldest daughters the middle name Lee.

My dad's middle name is Lee, so I and my siblings all have Lee for our middle name.

And the first baby girl of the next generation (b. 2/14/2013) has the middle name Lee.

(I've heard similar explanations for Lee as a middle name.)

Nicknames for Lee: | Edit

Leelee

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Famous real-life people named Lee: | Edit

Lee Patrick, American actress.
Lee Remick, American actress.
Lee Meredith, American actress and Playboy model.
Lee Grant, American Academy Award-winning actress.
Lee Radziwill, American socialite and author.
Lee Ann Womack, American country singer and songwriter.
Lee Miller, American photographer.
Lee Meriwether, Miss America 1955.
Tommy Lee: American rock star
Tommy Lee-Jones: American actor
Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr's third child and only daughter is named Lee
Jamie-Lee Curtis, actress.
Lee Newton, YouTuber on SourceFed and SourceFedNerd

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