Leslie - Meaning of Leslie
[ 2 syll. le-slie, les-l-ie ] The baby girl name Leslie is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced as LEHSLiy- or LIHZLiy- †. Leslie is of Celtic origin. It is used mainly in English and German. The name Leslie means 'garden of hollies'. It is derived from leas which means 'garden' ; cuilinn 'holly'. See Leslie for more information.
The diminutives Lee (English), Lesa (English), and Lessie (English), and the spelling variants Leslea (English), Leslee (English), Lesleigh (English), Lesley (English), Lesli (English), Lesly (English), Leslye (English), Lezlee (English), Lezleigh (English), and Lezlie (English) are other forms of the name.
Leslie is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still rather popular as a baby girl name, but not as much as it was in the past. The name grew in popularity from the 1920s up to the 1960s. Its usage peaked in 1969 with 0.331% of baby girls being named Leslie. It had a ranking of #64 then. The baby name has dropped in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #520 with a usage of only 0.032%, but it was nevertheless the most regularly used among all girl names in its family. Although Leslie is used more commonly as a baby girl name today, there was a period prior to 1945 that it was more popular with boys. After 1946, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. There were 18 times more baby girls than boys who were named Leslie in 1997.
Baby names that sound like Leslie include Leslea, Leslee, Lesley, Lesli, Lesly, Lesslie, Lezlee, Lezley, Lezli, Lezlie, Lezly, Lachelle, Lacole, Laloh, Leisel, Leizel, Leslei, Lesleigh, Leslye, and Liesel.
† Pronunciation for Leslie: 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)"