I've never seen "nee" used by a man. "William R Leroy nee Hooks" is written consistently on his marriage affidavit and his signature. It's meaning is "born", so used for maiden name for women. Has anyone heard of a man using this before? Does it mean he changed his name informally, and wants to mention his legal name since it's a legal document? Or that his mother's name was Hooks? He has an uncle named Hooks who he lives with. Also this is the feminine spelling, I don't know any French but the masculine spelling is supposed to be "ne". So I'll rely on anyone who has seen this and knows what it means.