Gender: Female Meaning of Leslie: "garden of holly" Origin of Leslie: Scottish Leslie's Popularity in 2018: #520

Leslie Origin and Meaning

The name Leslie is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "garden of holly".

A Scottish place and surname that was once adrogynous but now leans about 20 to 1 toward the girls' side, Leslie has a pleasant, heathery feel that kept it in or near the Top 100 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 and is one of the surprising names always to have ranked among the US Top 1000 for girls.

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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Rank in US: #520

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Pop Culture References for the name Leslie

Leslea, Lesley, Leslei, Lezley, Lesly, Lezlee, Lesli, Lesleigh, Les, Lesslie, Lezlie, Lezli, Leslye, Leslee


Daiseymae Says:


Too many problems with this name. It is too bad.

leslie16 Says:


This is my name. I pronounce it less-lee when I introduce myself. It bothers me when hear people say it with a hard z, it just sounds prettier and less harsh with the s sound. I did get the lesbian association a few times as a kid. I never got after elementary school though. People would sometimes call me "lez" trying to give me a nickname and then they would laugh about it a little and then never call me it again. I think the s pronunciation also helps avoid being called "lez".

Mikey_pp Says:


Everytime I meet a Leslie I end up forgetting their name a bunch of times. It's such a neutral androgynous nothing name, like Ashley, Lindsey or Lynn. Get all of those mixed up from time to time.

However no Leslie I've known was ever teased for the Lesbian thing, I think you'd have to call your kid Lesbos or Leslie-Gaye before you get a reaction from anyone these days.

Lesli Jenkins Says:


OK so my name is Lesli, and I'm female. I most definitely did get teased about the lesbian thing in middle school and I hated my name growing up. In elementary school there was a boy Leslie and we hated each other just on principal of having a unisex name. By high school I was flirting with different spellings and thanking heaven my mom didn't spell it with a z instead of the s. That being said I adore my name as an adult and I am the only grandchild named after my grandfather Lester. I don't know how much a modern child would get teased due to more relaxed views of homosexuality, increasingly more emphasis on bullying, and odd names in general. However, in my 43 years on this earth, I have never heard the name meaning as "garden of holly". It has always been "from the grey fort".

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I don't know why but I'm really starting to love this name so much

headintheclouds Says:


I'd categorize Leslie as one of those names I'm wholly indifferent to- I neither like nor dislike the name, and have no strong opinions about it. I lean more boy-name on Leslie, but I think it fits as a girl name as well. I've always thought this would be the perfect name for a border collie!

Leslie Solis Says:


Yup...I somehow never got the "Leslie the Lesbian" thing growing up. But you're spot on with the matchy name thing! My mom is Stephanie, I'm Leslie, and my little sister is Ashley. *LOL* We've pretty much all learned to answer to any of the three names! And God help us if my little brother had been a girl...'Cause he would've been Brittany! 😄

Noey Says:


I actually really like this name. The sad part is that I can't get past the thought of "Leslie the Lesbian". That and my own name ends in a "Ley" so that would be too matchy in my opinion.

madison786 Says:


Love this name! I'm so using this is a first name or a middle name for my daughter!

HatGirl Says:


i used to love this name but ow all i think of lesbo cuz of the les part. :(