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Lee (in, f) This is a surname derived from a common
placename which has a variety of original meanings, such
as ‘wood,’ ‘clearing,’ ‘pasture.’ In Scotland it is used as a
Christian name for both girls and boys, and is no longer
thought of as a transferred surname. In England and Wales there is a tendency to spell the girls’ name as Leigh, perhaps in allusion to the actress Vivien Leigh (1913-67). The use of the name for boys began in the U.S.A., probably in honour of General Robert E. Lee (1807-70).

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