[ 2 syll. le-sley, les-l-ey ] The baby boy name Lesley is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. It is pronounced as LEHSLiy- or LIHZLiy- †. Lesley is used predominantly in the English language and it is derived from Celtic origins. Lesley is a variant spelling of the name Leslie (English and German).
Lesley is an unusual baby name for boys. Its usage peaked in 1903 with 0.013% of baby boys being given the name Lesley. It ranked at #541 then. The baby name has since experienced a steep loss in popularity, and is currently of very modest use. Among all boy names in its group, Lesley was nonetheless the most popular in 2018. Though Lesley is currently more often than not a girl name, there was a period before 1940 when more boys were given the name. From 1941 on, increasingly more girls than boys were named Lesley. In 1977, the name Lesley was given to 11 times as many girls than boys.
Baby names that sound like Lesley include Leslea, Leslee, Lesli, Leslie, Lesly, Lezlee, Lezley, Lezli, Lezlie, Lezly, Lahual, Lakely, Lasal, Lasale, Lasall, Lasalle, Laslo, László, Leslei, and Lesleigh.
† Pronunciation for Lesley: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)"