What does Lesley mean?
Lesley /les-ley/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name (also used 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".
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 popularity of Lesley for girls. Lesley entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its highest rank of #306 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Lesley and related names. Popular related forms of Lesley are Lesli, Leslie (#337 in 2014) and Lesly (#963). Usage of these girl names reached its peak in 2000 (usage of 0.5228%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.175%, ▼66.5%), with the versions Lesley and Lesly becoming less trendy. Leslie (#337) is the most fashionable birth name in this compilation, and there is a rebound in birth name popularity for this name. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)