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Lee

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How popular is the baby name Lee in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 389 28 361 #43 boy name
1881 381 39 342 #44 boy name
1882 470 43 427 #41 boy name
1883 443 55 388 #43 boy name
1884 483 48 435 #43 boy name
1885 394 46 348 #50 boy name
1886 436 37 399 #47 boy name
1887 460 60 400 #44 boy name
1888 491 61 430 #48 boy name
1889 492 77 415 #46 boy name
1890 468 58 410 #44 boy name
1891 410 68 342 #52 boy name
1892 528 68 460 #46 boy name
1893 511 66 445 #46 boy name
1894 538 83 455 #45 boy name
1895 576 98 478 #47 boy name
1896 528 73 455 #48 boy name
1897 550 97 453 #47 boy name
1898 609 111 498 #46 boy name
1899 482 94 388 #50 boy name
1900 813 138 675 #39 boy name
1901 519 95 424 #45 boy name
1902 609 134 475 #46 boy name
1903 587 110 477 #45 boy name
1904 671 139 532 #45 boy name
1905 651 165 486 #49 boy name
1906 586 150 436 #57 boy name
1907 708 192 516 #55 boy name
1908 750 197 553 #51 boy name
1909 780 196 584 #52 boy name
1910 965 224 741 #49 boy name
1911 904 258 646 #67 boy name
1912 1,342 312 1,030 #78 boy name
1913 1,522 294 1,228 #78 boy name
1914 1,856 405 1,451 #84 boy name
1915 2,361 445 1,916 #84 boy name
1916 2,491 475 2,016 #83 boy name
1917 2,483 479 2,004 #85 boy name
1918 2,666 507 2,159 #86 boy name
1919 2,674 484 2,190 #82 boy name
1920 2,864 543 2,321 #82 boy name
1921 2,813 459 2,354 #86 boy name
1922 2,868 496 2,372 #83 boy name
1923 2,852 493 2,359 #85 boy name
1924 2,907 489 2,418 #83 boy name
1925 3,068 531 2,537 #82 boy name
1926 2,855 542 2,313 #85 boy name
1927 2,882 490 2,392 #86 boy name
1928 2,792 513 2,279 #87 boy name
1929 2,687 476 2,211 #85 boy name
1930 2,825 463 2,362 #82 boy name
1931 2,570 448 2,122 #90 boy name
1932 2,738 455 2,283 #85 boy name
1933 2,705 403 2,302 #79 boy name
1934 2,798 422 2,376 #79 boy name
1935 2,899 474 2,425 #80 boy name
1936 2,859 440 2,419 #76 boy name
1937 2,936 438 2,498 #78 boy name
1938 3,025 449 2,576 #80 boy name
1939 3,064 477 2,587 #78 boy name
1940 3,116 492 2,624 #80 boy name
1941 3,261 520 2,741 #81 boy name
1942 3,506 584 2,922 #87 boy name
1943 3,388 597 2,791 #91 boy name
1944 3,531 599 2,932 #85 boy name
1945 3,628 689 2,939 #87 boy name
1946 4,151 807 3,344 #91 boy name
1947 4,534 857 3,677 #92 boy name
1948 4,286 842 3,444 #93 boy name
1949 4,382 818 3,564 #93 boy name
1950 4,428 818 3,610 #91 boy name
1951 4,573 891 3,682 #92 boy name
1952 4,597 948 3,649 #92 boy name
1953 4,602 1,017 3,585 #93 boy name
1954 4,918 1,355 3,563 #96 boy name
1955 5,415 1,819 3,596 #96 boy name
1956 5,447 1,936 3,511
1957 5,434 1,835 3,599
1958 5,212 1,699 3,513
1959 5,052 1,549 3,503
1960 4,974 1,534 3,440
1961 4,619 1,492 3,127
1962 4,636 1,379 3,257
1963 4,499 1,478 3,021
1964 4,307 1,272 3,035
1965 4,074 1,299 2,775
1966 4,178 1,212 2,966
1967 4,103 1,141 2,962
1968 4,030 1,159 2,871
1969 3,898 1,134 2,764
1970 3,767 970 2,797
1971 3,350 875 2,475
1972 2,954 690 2,264
1973 2,768 658 2,110
1974 2,723 608 2,115
1975 2,446 585 1,861
1976 2,410 532 1,878
1977 2,577 561 2,016
1978 2,469 489 1,980
1979 2,701 621 2,080
1980 2,860 651 2,209
1981 2,744 533 2,211
1982 2,687 485 2,202
1983 2,290 373 1,917
1984 2,524 360 2,164
1985 2,315 310 2,005
1986 2,219 286 1,933
1987 2,054 242 1,812
1988 2,050 268 1,782
1989 1,776 231 1,545
1990 1,645 197 1,448
1991 1,461 162 1,299
1992 1,287 156 1,131
1993 1,147 159 988
1994 1,041 124 917
1995 877 103 774
1996 815 94 721
1997 686 72 614
1998 694 87 607
1999 591 81 510
2000 568 67 501
2001 569 56 513
2002 481 42 439
2003 446 43 403
2004 455 43 412
2005 406 22 384
2006 418 28 390
2007 403 22 381
2008 376 17 359
2009 402 29 373
2010 384 31 353
2011 371 20 351
2012 375 22 353
2013 386 28 358
2014 371 23 348
2015 395 24 371

Want to know about the popularity of the Lee baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 292,097 babies born with the name Lee in the United States. That's more than enough Lees to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 389 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Lee" was in 1951 with a total of 3,682 babies. (That's a lot of baby Lees)

According to the 1965 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Lee" ranks #78 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 52 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1965. Across the entire United States a total of 4,074 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Lee" mean? The list below shows the origins of Lee as well as things modernly associated with the name Lee such as celebrities named Lee.

Origin and Meaning of Lee

The name "Lee" is of English origin, and it means "Field". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Lee
To lie; to speak falsely.
noun Lee
That which settles at the bottom, as of a cask of liquor (esp. wine); sediment; dregs; -- used now only in the plural.

Etymology: F. lie, perh. fr. L. levare to lift up, raise. Cf. Lever

noun Lee
Senses
  1. A sheltered place; esp., a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind; shelter; protection; as, the lee of a mountain, an island, or a ship."We lurked under lee." [Morte d'Arthure.]"Desiring me to take shelter in his lee." [Tyndall.]
  2. [Naut] That part of the hemisphere, as one stands on shipboard, toward which the wind blows. See Lee (a.)

Etymology: OE. lee shelter, Icel. hlē, akin to AS. hleó hleów, shelter, protection, OS. hlèo, D. lij lee, Sw. , Dan.

adjective Lee
Of or pertaining to the part or side opposite to that against which the wind blows; -- opposed to weather; as, the lee side or lee rail of a vessel.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The side of something that is sheltered from the wind
  2. American general who led the Confederate Armies in the American Civil War (1807-1870)
  3. Soldier of the American Revolution (1756-1818)
  4. Leader of the American Revolution who proposed the resolution calling for independence of the American Colonies (1732-1794)
  5. United States physicist (born in China) who collaborated with Yang Chen Ning in disproving the principle of conservation of parity (born in 1926)
  6. United States actor who was an expert in kung fu and starred in martial arts films (1941-1973)
  7. United States striptease artist who became famous on Broadway in the 1930s (1914-1970)
  8. United States filmmaker whose works explore the richness of black culture in America (born in 1957)
  9. Towards the side away from the wind

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Other Inspirations for the Name Lee

Lee Daniels
Lee Brice
Lee Flanagan
Lee District Park
Lee Funeral Home
Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee High School

Alternative Meanings

L is for laughter, you spread wherever you go.

E is for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

E is for elegant, born within you.

Your name in reverse order is "Eel". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Lee". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Lee born Feb 25, 1967

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Western Russia approximately on 525. Your profession was librarian, priest, and keeper of tribal relics.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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