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pinWhat 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: Loisslie, Loslie, Luslie. [more]

pinHow 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. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Leslie for girls. Leslie reached its apex rank of #69 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #337 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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 2 years ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Lesley, Lesli and Lesly (#963 2 years ago). Usage of these forms of Leslie was more pronounced in 2000 (average #477) and is somewhat less today (#825, 66.5% less). Leslie is more ubiquitous than the rest, and Lesly is no longer trendy. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Leslie and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

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