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Origin and Meaning of Tee

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  • A user from Indiana, United States says the name Tee is of Thai origin and means "Water".
  • A user from Nigeria says the name Tee is of African origin and means "Elder".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tee
The mark aimed at in curling and in quoits.The nodule of earth, or a short peg stuck into the ground, from which the ball is struck at the beginning of play for each hole in golf.

Etymology: Cf. Icel. tjā to show, mark

noun Tee
  1. A short piece of pipe having a lateral outlet, used to connect a line of pipe with a pipe at a right angle with the line; -- so called because it resembles the letter T in shape.
  2. The letter T, t; also, something shaped like, or resembling in form, the letter T.
verb Tee
To place (the ball) on a tee; also called to tee up.
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  1. A short peg put into the ground to hold a golf ball off the ground
  2. Support holding a football on end and above the ground preparatory to the kickoff
  3. The starting place for each hole on a golf course ("they were waiting on the first tee")
  4. Connect with a tee ("tee two pipes")
  5. Place on a tee ("tee golf balls")

From Middle English, from Old English te, from Latin te (the name of the letter T).

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter T/t.
  2. Something shaped like the letter T. Found in compounds such as tee-shirt, tee-beam, tee-frame, tee-iron, tee-headed, tee pipe fitting (T-splitter), tee computing command...
    angles and tees
  3. T-shirt

From Middle English teen, from Old English tēon (“to pull, tug, draw, drag, entice, allure, induce, lead, bring, rear, educate, attract, arrogate, bring forth, produce, restrain, betake oneself to, go, roam”), from Proto-Germanic *teuhaną (“to draw, lead, bring, pull, help”), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull, lead”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian tja (“to pull, draw”), Low German teen (“to draw, pull”), German ziehen (“to draw, pull, drag”), Latin dūcō (“draw, pull, lead”) and Albanian nduk (“to draw (out), pull up, pluck”).

First attested in the 17th century with the form teaz.

  1. (golf) A flat area of ground from which players hit their first shots on a golf hole.
  2. (golf, baseball) A usually wooden or plastic peg from which a ball is hit.
  3. (curling) The target area of a curling rink
  4. The mark at which players aim in quoits.

    tee was also found in the following language(s): Estonian, Finnish, Old Irish, Tetum, Tiri, Votic, and Võro

    Notable Persons Named Tee

    Tee Martin is an american football player for the USC Trojans football. Tee was born on July 25th, 1978 in Mobile, Alabama.


    Tee was given the name Jason Toler on June 13th, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.


    Rex Goh is a rock music musician. He plays Gibson Les Paul. He has been prominent since 1971. Rex was given the name Tee Haut Rex Goh on May 5th, 1951 in Singapore.


    Tee A. Corinne was a photographer, visual artist, writer, and activist. Tee was given the name Linda Tee Cutchin on November 3rd, 1943 in Saint Petersburg. She left this life on August 27th, 2006.


    Tee Tee Luce was a philanthropist. Tee was given the name Tee Tee on July 19th, 1895 in Insein Township. Tee is also known as Daw Tee Tee. She left this life on September 9th, 1982.


    Dr. Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli is a classical music and pop music flute. He plays Flute. Dr. was given the name Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli . Dr. is also known as Tee Mac.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tee

    Brian Tee is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Brian was given the name Jae-Bum Takata on March 15th, 1977 in Okinawa Prefecture.


    Richard Tee was a musician and singer-songwriter. He plays Piano, Fender Rhodes electric Piano, Hammond organ, clavinet, synthesizer, keyboards, vocals, and Rhodes piano. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to 1993. Richard was given the name Richard Ten Ryk on November 24th, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on July 21st, 1993.


    Larry Tee is an electroclash, house music, and pop music disc jockey, promoter (entertainment), and record producer. His ongoing career started in 1989. Larry was given the name Lawrence Thom on October 12th, 1959.


    King Tee is a west coast hip hop, hip hop music, and gangsta rap rapping, master of ceremonies, and record producer. They plays Drum kit, Keyboard instrument, Drum machine, Sampler (musical instrument), and Vocals. They have had major accomplishments since 1986. King was given the name Roger McBride on December 14th, 1968.


    Tommy Tee is a hip hop music rapping, songwriter, record producer, and radio personality. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Tommy was given the name Tommy Flaaten on December 18th, 1971. Tommy is also known as Father Blanco and The Crazy Minister.


    Jay Tee is a west coast hip hop, gangsta rap, hip hop music, and chicano rap rapper, songwriter, producer, record company owner, rapping, and hip hop production. He was most prominent from 1990 to present. Jay was given the name James Trujillo . Jay is also known as Jaime Trago.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Tee U.S.
      White 30.25% 64.26%
      African American 11.11% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 50.74% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 2.57% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.89% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.44% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Tee

    • How Popular is the name Tee? Tee is the 17,482nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Tee was the 17,951st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Tee have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 442 babies born with the first name Tee in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tee to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tee? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1910 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Tee first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tee is Tuesday, August 16th, 1870.
    • What year had the most people named Tee born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tee was in 1984 with a total of 12 babies.
    • Random Tee Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tee is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1917.
    • Weird things about the name Tee: Your name in reverse order is Eet. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ete. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Tee? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,557 people with the last name Tee.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tee? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tee as their last name since less than 1 person in 189k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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