What does Lee mean?
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.
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. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity 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 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular alternative forms of Lee (#701 2 years ago) are Bentley (#89 2 years ago), Leo (#97), Bradley (#184), Leonard (#662), Leroy, Leander, Finlay, Ashley and Leigh. These forms of Lee were favored as birth names during 1890-1899 (average #499) and are somewhat less widespread today (#673, ▼34.7%). Bradley is more familiar than the rest, though Bentley is now the top form, and Ashley has become less popular. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Lee and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Lee▼ is alike in pronunciation to La-, Le, Le-, Lew▼, Lleu, Loew, Loewe, Lou▼, Lowe and Loy▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Dee▼, Fee, Lem▼, Len▼, Les▼, Lev and Lex. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lee.