The surname Lee is of English origin.The name Lee is derived from the Old English leah which has many meanings,of which the most common are “a wood and a clearing in a wood”.Other exact interpretations of the word are “meadow,clearing,open land,woodland,rough clearing in a wood,piece of open land,woodland glade,and pasture land”,and the exact meaning in any particular name is most difficult to ascertain.Other spellings of the name are Leigh and Lay.The name thus comes to signify “a dweller by the wood or clearing”.The name can also be a habitational name from many of the places so named in England,such as Lee in Essex and Kent.In Ireland the name is an anglicization of the Irish O’Laoidhigh ‘descendant of Laoidheach’,a personal name derived from Laoidh,signifieing poem,song(originally a byname for a poet).The name dates back to the twelfth century were a Alan de Lee is recorded in historical archives.The name was brought to America by English immigrants.One of the first forefathers to bring this name to America is that of a Alexander Lee,who came to America aboard the Carolina,he settled in Virginia.No doubt this surna… Coat of arms: Gules,a fesse chequy azure and or between ten billets argent,four i…
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