What does Lee mean?
Lee \lee\ as a girls' name (also used more widely as boys' name Lee) is pronounced lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Lee is "meadow or pasture". Lee is often used as a middle name. Confederate General Robert E. Lee influenced the name in the 1950s. Actress Lee Remick; Princess Lee Radziwill.
Lee is a very popular first name for women (#341 out of 4276, Top 8%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#22 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Lee for girls. Lee reached its top position of #226 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular alternative forms of Lee are Ashley (#87 a year ago), Beverly, Kaylee (#52), Lea (#677), Leah (#35), Leanna (#725), Leatrice and Leigh. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.5503%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.3804%, down 30.9%), with forms like Lea, Leanna, Leatrice, Lee and Leigh falling out of style. Ashley (#87), Kaylee (#52) and Leah (#35) are three of the more fashionable names for newborns in this list, and there is also a rekindling in baby name popularity for Leah. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Lee and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Lee▼ is pronounced similarly to La-, Leeya, Leia, Leya, Lia, Lou▼ and Lu. Other suggested similar baby names are Bee, Cee, Dee▼, Fee, Lene and Ree. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lee.