Nee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely. The original Gaelic form of the name Nee is Mac Neidhe, which is derived from the word niadh, which means champion.
Early Origins of the Nee family
The surname Nee was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Nee family
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Nee Spelling Variations
Ireland in the Middle Ages was inhabited by very few literate people. Therefore, the proper spelling of names was decided by a very select few. The surviving records for the time demonstrate that these scribes were often not consistent in their efforts for there are many spelling variations of certain common names. Some of the variations for the name Nee include MacNee, MacNea, MacNay, MacKnee, MacNeigh, MacNia, Nee, Knee and many more.
Early Notables of the Nee family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Nee is the 11,178th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Nee is ranked the 6,074th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 
Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Nee:
Nee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century