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Lee

Origin: Korea, Republic of
gender-female
Region Origin: Eastern Asia

Lee is a unisex given name derived from the English surname Lee, which is ultimately from a placename derived from Old English "leah," meaning "clearing" or "meadow". The name has its origins in Great Britain or Ireland and has been used as both a masculine and feminine name. The meaning of Lee is associated with a clearing in the woods or a meadow. It is also used as a topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow or a patch of arable land. In different contexts, the name Lee has been associated with various meanings, such as "protecting shelter", "healer" in Celtic baby names, and "poetic" in Irish baby names. The name Lee has also been used for famous figures, such as the 19th-century American Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

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