Infographic of Lee name meaning, which is “The boy from the pasture,” based on the Middle English lee, a pasture or a meadow.
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Lee Name Popularity

How popular is the name Lee? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 49 716 0.2034%
1911 68 608 0.1633%
1912 78 1,008 0.1999%
1913 78 1,198 0.2113%
1914 82 1,441 0.2068%
1915 84 1,898 0.2089%
1916 83 2,000 0.207%
1917 85 1,984 0.1983%
1918 86 2,144 0.1998%
1919 82 2,172 0.2074%
1920 82 2,315 0.2082%
1921 86 2,339 0.2043%
1922 83 2,357 0.2116%
1923 85 2,338 0.2087%
1924 83 2,403 0.2069%
1925 82 2,532 0.224%
1926 85 2,294 0.2086%
1927 86 2,378 0.2148%
1928 87 2,253 0.2106%
1929 85 2,196 0.212%
1930 82 2,349 0.2249%
1931 90 2,103 0.2131%
1932 86 2,272 0.23%
1933 79 2,287 0.2455%
1934 79 2,363 0.2444%
1935 79 2,416 0.2486%
1936 76 2,411 0.2503%
1937 78 2,480 0.2517%
1938 80 2,568 0.2508%
1939 78 2,577 0.2533%
1940 80 2,612 0.2457%
1941 81 2,731 0.2426%
1942 87 2,916 0.2309%
1943 91 2,785 0.2133%
1944 85 2,925 0.236%
1945 87 2,924 0.2398%
1946 91 3,333 0.2259%
1947 92 3,677 0.2203%
1948 93 3,434 0.2151%
1949 93 3,560 0.2213%
1950 91 3,602 0.2237%
1951 92 3,681 0.2171%
1952 92 3,646 0.2089%
1953 93 3,579 0.2022%
1954 96 3,559 0.1947%
1955 96 3,591 0.1952%
1956 103 3,509 0.1858%
1957 104 3,595 0.1868%
1958 113 3,514 0.1859%
1959 115 3,502 0.1843%
1960 116 3,434 0.1812%
1961 122 3,116 0.165%
1962 115 3,257 0.1774%
1963 119 3,011 0.1677%
1964 117 3,036 0.1725%
1965 116 2,771 0.1694%
1966 105 2,963 0.1898%
1967 103 2,956 0.1948%
1968 106 2,868 0.191%
1969 117 2,758 0.179%
1970 118 2,789 0.1753%
1971 128 2,472 0.1645%
1972 124 2,260 0.1659%
1973 123 2,103 0.1622%
1974 125 2,084 0.1603%
1975 137 1,848 0.1438%
1976 138 1,861 0.1444%
1977 133 2,004 0.1487%
1978 132 1,979 0.1472%
1979 129 2,075 0.1472%
1980 124 2,205 0.1508%
1981 122 2,207 0.1501%
1982 123 2,194 0.1468%
1983 138 1,902 0.1289%
1984 124 2,161 0.1453%
1985 140 2,002 0.1319%
1986 144 1,925 0.1275%
1987 152 1,810 0.1186%
1988 153 1,782 0.1144%
1989 188 1,525 0.0945%
1990 210 1,433 0.0865%
1991 231 1,266 0.0777%
1992 254 1,114 0.0698%
1993 284 963 0.0618%
1994 296 897 0.0584%
1995 331 743 0.0493%
1996 344 683 0.0456%
1997 384 584 0.0395%
1998 408 555 0.0371%
1999 451 468 0.0313%
2000 475 456 0.0299%
2001 467 471 0.0313%
2002 523 394 0.0263%
2003 548 371 0.0244%
2004 555 369 0.0242%
2005 590 340 0.0222%
2006 603 357 0.0228%
2007 658 320 0.0203%
2008 668 313 0.0203%
2009 658 327 0.0219%
2010 675 302 0.021%
2011 657 308 0.0216%
2012 643 320 0.0225%
2013 657 313 0.022%
2014 677 311 0.0213%
2015 669 326 0.0224%
2016 656 338 0.0234%
2017 665 313 0.0224%
2018 667 303 0.0221%
2019 761 236 0.0174%

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Names Like Lee

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What names are variants of Lee?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Lee.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lea

Pasture or meadow

English

Leigh

Meadow of the sheep; meadow of the bulls; fair-haired courageous one; heather meadow; pasture or meadow

Irish


What names sound like Lee?

If you like how Lee sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Lee.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Le

One who lives by unseeded land

English

Lew

Like a lion; famous warrior

Welsh


What names are similar to Lee?

Find a name that’s like Lee, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ashley

Ash meadow

English

Bentley

Bent grass meadow

English

Bradley

Broad meadow

English

Farley

Meadow of the sheep; meadow of the bulls

English

Finlay

Fair-haired courageous one

Irish

Leander

Lion man

Greek

Leo

Lion

Latin

Leonard

Lion strength

German

Leroy

The king

French


Lists With Lee

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Lee.


Siblings of Lee

Mamas with kids named Lee also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Gabrielle

God is my strength

French

4 Comments

  1. Lee is after my grandfather’s middle name magic is after a card game William is after my Great grandfather and Hiett is my last name i was gonna name Luke but everyone has that name so I thought Lee was a good idea

  2. we chose lee for our first – brody. it is my husbands middle name also.

  3. Lee is my mom’s middle name… I liked it for a boy’s first name, and it sounds good with our last name.

  4. Lee was my deceased father’s middle name, as well as my father in law’s middle name, so it satisfied both sides of the family.
    I like that it’s a name you don’t hear often anymore. We don’t know any other boys with his name.
    I don’t like that it can sound confusing with being so short. One day we were playing with another family of kids and each time I’d say, “Hey, Lee..” their daughter “Haley” would respond.


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