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.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Leslie: | Edit

Historically a unisex name (with male usage common in the southern states). Currently used for girls only in the U.S.

Personal experiences with the name Leslie: | Edit

I like my name because it is not entirely off-the-wall, but it's somewhat uncommon. My father called me Lesslie and my mother called me Lezlie. I prefer Lezlie and introduce myself this way. I just think that the z pronunciation makes the name sound more sophisticated and grown up.

I think of my name as a smooth and pretty name to say, and also somewhat uncommon. I have lived and spent extended time in many states and have only personally met two other women (and no men) with my name. My family and I pronounce my name as Leslie (with the traditional spelling). I dislike being referred to as "Lezlie"; the "z" is harsh and detracts from the beauty of the name.

My family pronounced my name Leslie, I prefer & wished my name had been pronounced Lezlie. Sounds more feminine, interesting-- maybe even sexy. Then I would like my name. I realized this late in life. Sometimes someone will call me Lezlie & I love it. Also I would have preferred the spelling Lesley--more feminine.

I had a different experience. My family pronounced my name Leslie, but teachers often defaulted to pronouncing it Lezlie. I prefer Leslie, because I think the Z sound is harsh. I also like the spelling Leslie because it is unique.

Hi my name is Lezly. I love it. I have never met one other person with the same spelling. Im glad it wasnt spelled with a s because i think it sounds like a boys name. I always have to spell it to everyone but thats ok with me

I have always loved my name. Happy that I have the traditional spelling L-E-S-L-I-E.

Hello. My name is Lesley. i don't hate my name. I'm 15 years old and so far i know that theirs not a lot of Lesley's, which i like. People usually say my name with the 'z' but i really like how it sounds with the 's'. The 's' sounds smoother. i also really like the fact that my name is spelled L-e-s-l-e-y and not L-e-s-l-i-e. I really like the way my name would look if it was spelled Leslee, because it looks fun. Most people like spelling my name wrong.

I was born in 1960 and I have never experienced going to school with anyone with my name or ever even working with anyone named LESLIE, so I feel very happy with my name all these years and I always felt like a true individual. I prefer the "S" in my name and agree with the harshness of putting a "Z" in there and always corrected people imediately when they pronounced it like that. I never had a issue with "how do you spell that" , and was never teased or called anything else and the only nickename that only people close to me use was Les.

Nicknames for Leslie: | Edit

Lel, Lelley, Les, Lessie, Lez, Lolly, La, Lesaly

Meanings and history of the name Leslie: | Edit
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Famous real-life people named Leslie: | Edit

Leslie Caron, actress
Leslie Gore, singer
Leslie Bibb, actress
Leslie Blodgett, Bare Escentuals CEO and cosmetics entreprenuer
Leslie Uggams, actress

Leslie in song, story & screen: | Edit

Leslie Shay - A main female character on the TV series 'Chicago Fire' (NBC, 2012-2013). The character's full name is Leslie Elizabeth Shay & is played by actress Lauren German.
Leslie Knope - A character from "Parks & Recreation" played by Amy Poehler
Leslie Burk from Bridge To Terabithia
"Leslie Moore," character in Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery (and subsequent books)
"Leslie Anne Levine" song by the Decemberists
From song "Summer in the City" by the Loving Spoonful--my friends always thought they sang "You and me and Leslie" instead of "You and me endlessly" worked/works for me--Leslie Lowrey.
Robert Frost's "Last Word of the Bluebird" "... tell Lesley (will you?)That her little Bluebird" Frost's daughter was named Lesley
Leslie Caron--musicals "American in Paris" with Gene Kelly;"Gigi" with Maurice Chelvalier & many stage/screen movies.Orig.French Ballerina
Lesley Anne Warren-actress-stage/screen/tv-1965 TV musical "Cinderella"
'Leslie Benedict' was the character played by Elizabeth Taylor in the movie 'Giant' (1956).
'Leslie Wright' was the main character in the film Just Wright (2010) played by Queen Latifah.

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