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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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