What does Lesley mean?
Lesley /les-ley/ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Lesley) means "holly garden". Lesley is a variant form, with the suffix -y, of Leslie (Scottish, Gaelic): also possibly "the gray castle".
(female) Leley, Lescil, ..
(male) Leslou, Leslow, ..
How popular is Lesley?
Lesley is a very popular first name for females (#612 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#10266 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name history of Lesley for girls. Lesley entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #323 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #1799 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the statistics of Lesley and related names. Popular related forms of Lesley (#1799 in 2014) are Leslee, Lesli, Leslie (#337 in 2014), Lesly (#963) and Lezlie. Usage of these relations of Lesley reached its peak in 2001 (median #1033) and has become significantly reduced since (#1516, ▼78.8%).
Suggested similar names are Ansley▲, Chesley, Hedley, Jessey, Kealey, Keeley, Kelley▼, Keyley, Lassey, Leelee, Leisel, Leizel, Lesy, Liesel, Liesl, Lilley, Lisel, Lisl, Lusile, Lynley, Nelley, Perley, Sisley, Tessey, Ursley, Weslee and Wesleya. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lesley.