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Origin: Old English
Meaning: Meadow

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Lee

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Lee in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Lee:

  • Records indicate that 228,726 boys in the United States have been named Lee since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1951, when 3,673 people in the U.S. were given the name Lee. Those people are now 69 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Lee

    67% Approval Rating
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      6 Positive Comments

  • "I changed my name to this bc I'm not cisgender, and I like it. It's funny to see how people extend the pronunciation just to make it longer" Jun. 6, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "There is only one other person at my school named Lee. We have never met, but whenever someone calls to me I think they speak to me When I first told one of my old friends of my name change to this, she immediately asked ?But where did it come from!!? The last part of my name has a ?-lee? sound, but it is spelled like ?-Lie? I guess she suspected it would be pronounced ?Lie?, as in Lye No clue. But anyway, I?m transitioning so I actually don?t know if this name is masculine enough??" Feb. 7, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "That's been my name for 55 years now, and it's great. I wouldn't be anything else. Although some schoolfriends (friends?) would insist on changing it longer, just because they couldn't shorten it. So (to my annoyance) it has variously been Leo, Leonard (pronounced Lenn-ard) and Leonardo (even "Leonardo da Vinci" by one idiot who wouldn't shut up). To my oldest and best friend, I am still Leo! Oh well....." Aug. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like that this name can be either a boy or girls name and that it can be used on it's own. There are only a few girl names that I like with the ending LEE, Ashlee is one. It has a soft yet strong sound and it's simple." Mar. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its my bothers name and I always liked it better then my own, I like its simplicity" Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lee and it's one of the easiest names to say. A lot of the time I get people asking me if Lee is short for something and after about five minutes of hearing them hilariously try to figure it out, I tell them that it is just Lee." Jan. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "Is the European Lee short for something? It's weirdly short, Toms are Thomases, Dons are Donalds, Matts are Matthews, Mikes are Michaels; Lee just sticks out as short for no reason." Aug. 16, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "What even is it. It looks like an abbreviation but it isn't. what a stupid name." Dec. 8, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "this has to be the most unimaginative name, sorry to all lees but it is a boring name" Oct. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      5 Neutral Comments

  • "My middle name is lee but use it as my Main calling name... I considered changing it to my first name in the place of Roy. Thought it would offend my parents because I have the same name as my father. I just feel natural with this name. I gave Both my daughters lee as a middle name and They like it very much... Tara Lee and Tessa Lee" Apr. 15, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother and I both have the same middle name. His is Jackie lee which I love. Mine is violet lee, which I hate. I love violet. It is very feminine, and I wouldn't have minded the spelling lea or Leigh, but Lee sounds masculine to me and takes away from the ultra feminine violet." May. 25, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Lee is my last name and I like it well enough. My experiences with the name have been positive and it is always funny when people (wrongly) assume I am Asian." Mar. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it. It's classy, classic, and traditional." Jun. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my boyfriends name it means medow or in chinese it mean plum tree... it's a short name but i like it alot" May. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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