Lee Family Crest


Lee family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Lee family crest


Argent (silver) - represents the Lee family reputation for sincerity and peace towards others since the middle ages.

Sable (black)symbolises constancy and the enduring nature of this family.



 Meaning of the symbols on the Lee family crest 

The three oak leaves - are a connection to the religious beliefs of early family members and symbolizes faith and endurance.


The fesse (strip across the shield), is an ancient symbol and represents one who upholds good concscience, honour and religion against evil forces.


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Origins of the Lee family name

The name Lee is thought to have originated in England from the Old English wordleah, meaningclearing in the woods.
The name may have originally been used to describe someone who lived in or near such a clearing.
Over time, the name has been adapted to various other cultures and languages, and it is now a common surname in many countries.

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Summary of the Lee family and the Lee family crest

  • The Lee surname is derived from Old English and means "clearing" or "meadow".
  • The Lee family can be traced back to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
  • The first recorded use of the Lee surname was in the Domesday Book of 1086.
    • The Lee family name was first found in the county of Hampshire.
    • The Lee family name later spread to the counties of Essex, Kent, and Surrey.
    • There is evidence that some of the Lee family originally came from Normandy, France.
    • The Lee family is one of the oldest and most distinguished families in America.
    • The first Lee in America was Richard Lee, who arrived in Virginia in 1639.
    • The Lee family was one of the very first families to settle in Virginia.
    • The Lee family was one of the first families to be granted a coat of arms in America.
    • The Lee family has produced many notable individuals including in the early United States, including Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
    • In the United States, Lee is the seventh most common surname.