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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.


Lee has 2 variants: Lea and Leigh.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Ashley, Bentley, Bradley, Farley, Finlay, Leander, Leo, Leonard and Leroy.

Lee has 5 feminine forms: Auralee, Jenilee, Kaylee, Leanna and Leatrice.


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 reached its highest position of #45 in the U.S. then, and is at #701 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 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 last year) are Bentley (#89 last year), Leo (#97), Bradley (#184), Leonard (#662), Leroy, Leander, Finlay, Ashley and Leigh. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.5002%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.3267%, down 34.7%), with the forms Lee, Ashley, Leander, Leroy and Leonard falling out of style. Bentley (#89), Leo (#97) and Bradley (#184) are three of the more trendy baby names here, and there is also a rebound in baby name popularity for Bradley and Leo. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Lee and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ashley, Bentley, Bradley, Leander, Lee, Leigh, Leo, Leonard, Leroy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.