Meaning and Name Origin
Lesley \l(e)-sley, les-ley\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Lesley). Lesley's name origins are Scottish and Gaelic, and the name Lesley means "holly garden". Lesley is a variant of Leslie (Scottish, Gaelic): also possibly "the gray castle". An intermittently used birth name for girls. Unisex name.
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 (#10335 out of 88799, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Lesley for girls. Lesley entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its highest rank of #306 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Lesley and related names. Popular related forms of Lesley ranked in the Top 1000 are Lesli, Leslie (#337 in 2014) and Lesly (#963). Usage of these girl names reached its peak in the year 2000 and has become significantly lower since, with the versions Lesley and Lesly becoming less trendy. Leslie (#337) is the most fashionable birth name in this compilation, with this name having a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)