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Meaning and name origin

Leslie \l(e)-slie, les-lie\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 variant forms: Leslea, Leslee, Lesleigh, Lesley, Lesli, Lesly, Lezlee, Lezley and Lezlie.


Leslie is a very popular first name for females (#143 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1244 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Leslie for girls. Leslie reached its highest rank of #69 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Leslie name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Leslie and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Leslie (#337), Lesly (#963), Lesli and Lesley. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lesley, Lesli, Leslie, Lesly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Lealie and Weslie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leslie.