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What does Les mean?

Les Pronunciation of Les [les] as a name for boys is of Old English derivation, and the name Les means "holly garden; from Leicester". Les is an alternate form of Leslie (Scottish, Gaelic): also possibly "the gray castle". Les is also a variation of Lester (Old English).

Associated with: old english, holly (tree).


5 related forms via Leslie, Lester: Leslea, Leslee, Lesley, Lesly and Lezly.

Creative forms:
(male) Lass, Lees, ..

(female) Lese, Lesi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Les Agastya (L.A.), ..

How popular is Les?

Les is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#895 out of 1220, Top 73%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#48293 out of 150436, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Les entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its apex position of #745 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Lester (#1600 from recent data), Leslie and Lesley are the popular alternative forms of Les rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Les reached its highest 115 years ago (median #775) and has become significantly reduced since (#1900, 99%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Les, Lesley, Leslie, Lester in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Les is pronounced similarly to Lewes, Lewis, Louis, Luce, Luis and Luiz. Other recommended names are Des, Le, Le-, Lea, Lee, Lem, Len, Leo, Lev, Lew, Lex and Wes. These names tend to be less frequently used than Les.

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