Black/Dark, Chinese, Color, Female, Food, L names, Male, Plum, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Lee

Lee comes from an English surname, a locational name which comes from Old English lēah meaning “clearing; woodland”. Lee is also a variant transcription of Li, a Chinese unisex name with various meanings depending on the characters used such as:

  •  “reason, logic”;
  • 立 “stand, establish”;
  • 黎 “black, dark”;
  • 力 “force, power, capability, strength”; *usually masculine;
  • 丽 “beautiful, pretty”.

Of course there are other possible meanings depending on the characters used and it can be used in combination with another name element. Li is also a Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese surname which derives 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”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Chinese

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Variants:

  • Leigh (English)
  • Li (Chinese)

 

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