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This name is of English locational origin from any of the several places named with the Olde English pre 7th Century element "leah" translating variously as "an open place in a wood, a glade or low lying meadow". Examples are Lee in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Essex, Kent and Shropshire, also Lea in Cheshire, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire etc.. The name may also be topographic for someone who dwelled by a pasture or clearing. The surname is first recorded in the mid 12th Century, (see below). One, Turqod de la Lea appears in the 1193 "Pipe Rolls of Warwickshire" and a Richard de la Lee in the 1273 "Hundred Rolls of Wiltshire".

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