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What does Lee mean?

Lee Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Ashley. Also form of Bentley. Also form of Bradley. Also form of Farley. Also form of Finlay. Also form of Leander. Also form of Leo. Also form of Leonard. Also form of Leroy.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, meadow, surname




FEMININE FORMS Auralee, Braylee, Brylee, Jenilee, Kaylee, Leanna, Leatrice



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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)

Lee was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #45 in the U.S. then, and is at #689 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Lee (#689 FROM RECENT DATA) are Leo (#50), Bentley (#121), Bradley (#247), Leonard (#633), Leroy (#875), Ashley, Farley, Finlay, Lea, Leander and Leigh. These forms of Lee were favored as birth names a century ago (MEDIAN #982) and have become much less widespread since (#1217, 54.1%). Bradley is more familiar than the rest, though Leo 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-sounding names are Dee, Fee, Lem, Len, Les, Lev and Lex. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lee.

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