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What does Leslie mean?

Leslie /le-slie/ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Leslie) is pronounced LESS-lee, LEZ-lee. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Leslie is "holly garden".

Also possibly "the gray castle". Place name and name of a prominent Scottish clan, first used as a given name in the 18th century. Used mainly for boys in England and Scotland. American use of Leslie is mainly for girls. The Lezlie spelling preserves the original Scottish pronunciation. Actresses Leslie-Ann Down, Lesley Ann Warren.


Leslie has 9 variants: Leslea, Leslee, Lesleigh, Lesley, Lesli, Lesly, Lezlee, Lezley and Lezlie.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Laslie, Luslie, ..

(male) Lele, Lesliele, ..

How popular is Leslie?

Leslie is a very prominent first name for women (#143 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1335 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Leslie for girls. Leslie reached its apex rank of #70 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #337 presently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leslie name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leslie outside U.S.

Popular related forms of Leslie (#337 in 2014) listed in the Top 2000 are Leslee, Lesley (#1799 in 2014), Lesli, Lesly (#963) and Lezlie. Usage of these forms of Leslie was more pronounced in 2001 (median #1033) and is now much diminished (#1516, 79% less usage), with forms such as Lesley becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Leslie, Leslee, Lesley, Lesli, Lesly, Lezlie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Leslie and related baby names outside U.S.

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Recommended names are Anslie, Bessie, Celie, Cellie, Cesilie, Cheslie, Delie, Hedlie, Jessie, Keelie, Keilie, Kellie, Kessie, Keylie, Lailie, Lallie, Lassie, Lealia, Lealie, Leelee, Leelia, Lelia, Lellia, Leoline, Leonie, Lesia, Lettie, Lexie, Liesl, Lilie, Lillie, Lisl, Lissie, Lollie, Lusile, Lyssie, Mellie, Neelie, Nellie, Nessie, Seelie, Selie, Tessie, Verlie, Weslee, Weslia, Weslie and Zelie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leslie.