Lees Family History
Lees Name Meaning
English and Scottish: topographic name from Middle English lees ‘fields arable land’ plural of lee (see Lee ) or from Middle English lese ‘pasture meadow’ (Old English lǣs). English: habitational name from Leece or Lees in Lancashire or Leese in Cheshire all named from Old English lēas ‘woodland clearings’ (plural of lēah) or from Leece in Cumbria which was probably named with a Celtic word lïss ‘hall court the principal house in a district’. English: variant of Leece Scottish: shortened form of Gillies . Scottish and Irish: shortened and altered form of McLeish . Dutch: variant of Leys .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press