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Gender: F Meaning of Leslie: "garden of hollies" Origin of Leslie: Scottish Leslie's Popularity in 2013: #284

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A Scottish place and surname that was once adrogynous but now is almost exclusively feminine, Leslie has a pleasant, heathery feel that kept it in or near the Top 100 names for several decades; the Lesly and Lesley spellings are also frequently used, especially in Britain. While Leslie may not be the freshest name in the bunch, it's become a modern classic, now resting at Number 284.

Trivia tidbit: Both President Gerald Ford and comedian Bob Hope were born Leslie, and Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart used the name for their daughter, in honor of actor Leslie Howard.

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Famous People Named Leslie

Leslie Caron, French actress
Leslie Mann, American actress
Leslie Louise Bibb, American actress
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Pop Culture References for the Name Leslie

Leslie is Anne's best friend in "Anne's House of Dreams", part of the Anne of Green Gables series
Leslie Knope, character on TV's "Parks and Recreation"
Leslie Burke, character in "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson and is portrayed by AnnaSophia Robb, with co-star Josh Hutcheson as Jesse.
Leslie Buffay, one of Phoebe's triplets on TV's "Friends"
Leslie, character in "Ink Exchange" by Melissa Marr
Leslie Shay, character on TV's "Chicago Fire"
Leslie Benedict, character in "Giant" by Edna Ferber

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