Lee

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Origin: English, Chinese

Meaning: an English surname from Old English lēah meaning “clearing” or “meadow”.

It’s also a variant spelling of a Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese surname derived  from Chinese character Li (李) meaning “plum” or “plum tree”. Other meanings I’ve come across depending on the kanji are “black”; “reason” or “judge”; “chestnut”, “sharp”, “benefit”, “profit” or “interest”; “strict” or “severe”.

As a Chinese unisex given name, it means “reason, logic” (理);  “stand, establish” (立); “black, dawn” (黎); “power, capability, influence” (力) which is usually masculine; and “beautiful” (丽) usually used for females. Of course there are other possible meanings depending on different kanji.

Variants: Li (Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese surname); Leigh (English)

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