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- A Scottish surname, from Scottish Gaelic meaning "garden of hollies".
- A female given name transferred from the surname, used since the 18th century. Popular in the U.K. in the mid-20th century.
- (rare) A male given name transferred from the surname.
The male given name is usually spelled Leslie.
- 1792 Robert Burns: Bonnie Lesley:
- O saw ye bonnie Lesley,
- As she gaed o'er the border.
- She's gane, like Alexander,
- To spread her conquests farther.