Transferred use of the surname, in origin a local name from any of numerous places so called from Old English lēah ‘wood, clearing’. In the United States, it is sometimes chosen in honour of the great Confederate general Robert E. Lee (1807–70). As a girl's name it is commonly used in compounds such as Casey-Lee and Jamie-Lee.
English: habitational name from North or South Elkington in Lincolnshire, so named from an Old English personal name (possibly Ēa(n)lāc) + Old English tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Elkington in Northamptonshire is not the source of the family name: it did not acquire the name until 1617, before which it was Eltington or Elteton.