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Leslie 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 has 6 variant forms: Les, Leslea, Leslee, Lesley, Lesly and Lezly.
Suggested similar baby names are Lisle and Lysle.
Popularity of Leslie
Leslie is a very popular first name for males (#208 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1244 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
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