Leslie: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Leslie

Leslie

Pronunciation: LEHZ-lee, LEHS-lee (key)

Origin of the name Leslie:

Transferred use of the Scottish surname taken from Lesslyn, a place-name in Aberdeenshire. The name might be derived from the Gaelic elements lios (enclosure, garden, fort) and chuilinn (a holly tree) or liath (gray): hence, "garden of hollies" or "the gray fort." The name, borne by a well-known Scottish clan, was not in common use as a personal name until late in the 19th century.

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Entertainer Bob Hope was born Leslie Hope. For roll call the teacher would say "Hope, Leslie", leading to teasing about being "hopelessly". Bob eliminated that problem.

Leslie Howard, actor. He played Ashley Wilkes in the movie "Gone with the Wind".
Leslie "Les" Richter, Pro Football Hall of Fame football player, former head of operations for NASCAR and president of the Riverside International Raceway.
Leslie Nielsen, Canadian-American actor.
Leslie "Les" Moonves, President and CEO of CBS..

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