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This name derives from the Medieval English 'be', itself deriving from the Olde English 'beo' meaning a bee and was originally given as a nickname to a busy and industrious worker, or an active person. The bee has long been taken as a symbol of industry. The name is first recorded as a surname in the late 12th century as Be and le Boe. The spelling Bee appears in 1379 - 'Alicia Bee' the Poll Tax returns of Yorkshire. Other examples are Richard Bee, a witness at St. Dunstan church, Stepney on January 24th 1589 and Anne Bee who married Thopolis Leigh at Christchurch, Newgate on November 13th 1728.

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