What does the name Lee mean?
The surname Lee has a number of different roots. Lee is internationally seen in names from Asia (particularly Korea), but in the English-Speaking world it most often derives from the Old English word 'leah' (a forest clearing or meadow), and would be given to someone who lives at or near one of these geographical features.
The earliest occurrence of the Lee surname in our family history documents is from 1386, and we currently have 3,498,334 records where Lee appears.
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Typical jobs for Lees
Hard-working people, the Lees. 2755 worked as labourers, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Lees lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Lee in Yorkshire.
Lees’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Lees were angels, apparently. We found 3321 in criminal records.
Lees in World War I
According to the World War I records, 4388 Lees served in the First World War.