What does the baby name Leslie mean? Learn about what Leslie means, its history & origin, popularity in our random name database, pronunciation, similar names, nicknames & spelling variations.

Leslie - Name Meaning, Origin & Popularity

Spelling of Leslie
L-E-S-L-I-E, is a 6-letter male given name.
Pronunciation of Leslie
LEZ lee
LES lee
Meaning of Leslie
From the gray fortress, joy, holly orchard, meadowlands, holly garden.
Origin of Leslie
The name 'Leslie' has its origins in Scotland. It is derived from a Scottish surname, which in turn is derived from a place name. The place name 'Leslie' comes from the Scottish Gaelic word 'leas celyn', which means 'garden of holly'.
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Popularity of Leslie
The popularity of the name 'Leslie' has varied over time. In the early 20th century, it was predominantly used as a masculine name. It gained popularity in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s, reaching its peak in the 1940s. During this time, it was among the top 100 most popular names for boys.

In more recent years, the name 'Leslie' has become more commonly used as a feminine name. It experienced a decline in popularity for boys but has remained relatively steady for girls. It is worth noting that the popularity of the name can vary by region and cultural influences.
Leslie currently has 101 likes, and is in the top 4% of liked boy's names. The name Princeton is slightly more popular than Leslie.

Etymology of Leslie

The name 'Leslie' is derived from the Scottish Gaelic words 'leas' and 'celyn'. 'Leas' means 'garden', while 'celyn' means 'holly'. When combined, the name 'Leslie' can be interpreted as 'garden of holly'.

Cultural Significance of Leslie

The name 'Leslie' holds cultural significance in Scotland, as it is associated with the place name from which it originated. Leslie is the name of several towns and villages in Scotland, and individuals with the name may have ancestral ties to these areas.