Well, folks, sorry to disappoint, but it actually has nothing to do with the name Lee nor its niftiness. Here's the story:
I was in, let's say sixth grade, and I was about to embark on a quest beyond words. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was a relatively new release on the SNES and I couldn't wait to get my paws on it. I started a new file, but I had to think about what I should name the character. I could have gone with Link, but I wanted something original. I brainstormed and finally came up with Nifty.
Now you might be saying, Alfred, Nifty is an adjective, not a propper noun. You must be retarded to name a person an adjective. Well, friend, if people have names like Hope, Natural, Crystal, and Charisma, then why not Nifty? Besides, Nifty is a nifty name.
So now you're thinking, I really don't care that much. Why are you going on about nothing? Well, I'll tell you where the Lee came from in Nifty Lee. After naming my character Nifty, I starting using the adjective nifty. Eventually, I degraded nifty into an adverb: niftily. Yeah, you just read it and thought: Wow! Niftily sounds a whole lot like Nifty Lee! Maybe that's how it came about! You would be absolutely correct to assume so.
And thus ends the story of Nifty Lee...
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