What does Leslie mean?
Leslie [leslie] 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.
(female) Laslie, Lyslie, ..
(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)
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 #371 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Leslie (#371 in 2015) listed in the Top 2000 are Leslee, Lesley, Lesli, Lesly (#1111 in 2015) and Lezlie. Usage of these forms of Leslie was more pronounced in 2001 (median #1033) and is now much diminished (#1580, 83% less usage), with forms such as Lesley becoming less stylish.
Similar NamesRecommended 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.See names in meaning and etymology.