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What does Lee mean?

Lee /lee/ as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Lee) is pronounced lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Lee is "pasture or meadow".

Place name. Surname frequently used in the American South as a given name in honor of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Tough-guy actor Lee Marvin; Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca; actor Lee Majors.

Associated with: old english, meadow, surname


Lee has 2 variants: Lea and Leigh.

Related boy names: Brylee, Ashley, Bentley, Bradley, Farley, Finlay, Leander, Leo, Leonard and Leroy.

Lee has 7 feminine forms: Auralee, Braylee, Brylee, Jenilee, Kaylee, Leanna and Leatrice.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Leve, Llow, ..

(female) Lele, Lle, ..

How popular is Lee?

Lee is a very prominent first name for males (#123 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#22 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name history of Lee for boys. Lee was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #45 in the U.S. then, and is at #701 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lee name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lee outside U.S.

Popular alternative forms of Lee (#701 from recent data) are Bentley (#89 from recent data), Leo (#97), Bradley (#184), Leonard (#662), Leroy (#1064), Leigh, Lea, Farley, Finlay, Ashley and Leander. These forms of Lee were favored as birth names a century ago (median #982) and have become much less widespread since (#1233, 58.6%). Bradley is more familiar than the rest, though Bentley is now the top form, while versions such as Leander have lost favor.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lee, Ashley, Bentley, Bradley, Farley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lea, Leander, Leigh, Leo, Leonard, Leroy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lee, Ashley, Bentley, Bradley, Finlay, Leo outside U.S.

Similar Names


Lee is alike in pronunciation to La-, Le, Le-, Lew, Lleu, Loew, Loewe, Loewy, Lou, Louie, Lowe, Loy and Lugh. Other suggested similar names are Dee, Fee, Lem, Len, Les, Lev and Lex. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lee.