Meaning and name origin
Leslie \l(e)-slie, les-lie\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Leslie), is pronounced 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. Boys' use is probably due to admiration for actors Leslie Howard. Actor Leslie Nielsen.
Leslie is a very popular first name for males (#208 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1244 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Leslie for boys. Leslie reached its highest rank of #90 in the U.S. in 1890-1899 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Leslie and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Leslie, Lesley and Les. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).