Meaning and name origin
Lesley \l(e)-sley, les-ley\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Lesley), is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Lesley is "holly garden". Lesley is a variant of Leslie (Scottish, Gaelic): also possibly "the gray castle".
Lesley is a very popular first name for females (#612 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#10335 out of 88799, Top 12%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Lesley for girls. Lesley reached its highest rank of #306 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Lesley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Leslie (#337), Lesly (#963), Lesli and Lesley. (2014 statistics).