Bee Name Meaning

Scottish: reduced form of McBee, a variant of McBeth. English: from Middle English be ‘bee’, Old English beo, hence a nickname for an energetic or active person or a metonymic occupational name for a beekeeper. Compare Beeman 2.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Lee, Beer, Dee, Been, Gee, Bye, See, Obee, Bel, Mee

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Bee Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bee name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bee. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Benin/Togo


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Bee Family Origin

Where is the Bee family from?

Bee Family Occupations

What did your Bee ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bee occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 8% of Bee's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Bee family was Joiner. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bee.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Joiner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bee ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bee Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Bee. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bee census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Bee. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Bee. For the veterans among your Bee ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bee Life Expectancy

What is the average Bee lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bee life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bee in 1944 was 22, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bee ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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