Start your family tree now Is your surname Lee?
There are already over 5,000 users and over 5,000 genealogy profiles with the Lee surname on Geni. Explore Lee genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

Lee Genealogy and Lee Family History Information

‹ Back to Surnames Index

Create your Family Tree.
Discover your Family History.

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!
view all


About the Lee surname



Lea, Li, Leigh, Lei, Legh


English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow or a patch of arable land or a habitational name from any of the many places named with Old English leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’, as for example Lee in Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, and Shropshire, and Lea in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, and Wiltshire.

Irish: reduced Americanized form of Ó Laoidhigh ‘descendant of Laoidheach’, a personal name derived from laoidh ‘poem’, ‘song’ (originally a byname for a poet).[]

According to the U.S. Census (2000), Lee was the 22nd most popular surname in the U.S. with approximately 605,860 persons. Of those, 40.09% were white, 37.83% were Asian or Pacific Islander, and 17.41% were African-American.U.S. Census Bureau

Famous Persons

  • Robert E. Lee: career U.S. Army officer, an engineer, and the general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War.
  • Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III: cavalry officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He was the Governor of Virginia and a U.S. Congressman, as well as the father of American Civil War general Robert E. Lee.
  • Alexander Christopher Lee: a British historian and political theorist.

Wikipedia site:

Birthplace of Robert E. Lee:

Geneology Forum :