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 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).
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).