When William Lees was born on 3 March 1843, in Ancaster, Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, his father, Alexander Lees, was 19 and his mother, Mary Cairns, was 20. He died on 14 May 1899, at the age of 56, and was buried in Riversdale, Bruce, Ontario, Canada.
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 fromLeece or Lees in Lancashire, or Leese in Cheshire, all named from OldEnglish lēas ‘woodland clearings’ (plural oflēah), or from Leece in Cumbria, which was probably namedwith a Celtic word, lïss ‘hall, court, the principalhouse in a district’.
English: variant of Leece 1.