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Leslie (boy)

What does Leslie mean?

Leslie Pronunciation of Leslie [leslie] as a boys' name (also used more widely as girls' 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.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, holly (tree), clan (surname).


Leslie has 6 variants: Les, Leslea, Leslee, Lesley, Lesly and Lezly.

Creative forms:
(male) Laslie, Lislie, ..

(female) Leli, Leliz, ..

Middle name pairings:
Leslie Jesse (L.J.), ..

How popular is Leslie?

Leslie is a very prominent first name for males (#208 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1335 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Leslie reached its apex position of #90 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Leslie appearing in the Top 2000 are Les and Lesley. These forms of Leslie were at the peak of their popularity in the 1900s (usage of 0.2%).

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

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

Similar Names

Leslie is alike in pronunciation to Laslo. Other recommended names are Ainslie, Anslie, Arlie, Beaslie (see Beasley), Beatie, Benjie, Bentlie, Bernie, Brilie (see Briley), Busbie, Cheslie, Chesnie, Denlie, Dennie, Derbie, Dunlie (see Dunley), Earlie, Elie, Erlie, Everlie, Farlie, Finlie, Gussie, Harlie, Heckie, Heinie, Henlie, Herbie, Hermie, Hernlie (see Hernley), Hewie, Horslie (see Horsley), Jemmie, Jerrie, Jessie, Kearie, Keelie, Kelbie, Kenlie, Kerrie, Laddie, Ladle, Lale, Larie, Lasalle, Legate, Lemmie, Lenci, Lennie, Lerone, Lester, Levi, Lewis, Linlee, Linnie, Lisle, Louie, Lyle, Lysle, Massie, Neddie, Ollie, Ossie, Percie, Perrie, Reggie, Remie, Rollie, Tullie, Wallie, Welbie, Westbie (see Westby), Willie and Wylie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Leslie.

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