Leslie

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a place name in Aberdeenshire, originally Lesslyn, Goidelic leas celyn "garden of hollies".

Proper noun[edit]

Leslie

  1. A Scottish surname​.
  2. A male given name derived from the surname.
  3. A female given name, of mostly American usage.
    • 2010 Kate Atkinson, Started Early, took My Dog, Doubleday, ISBN 9780385608022, page 19:
      'Leslie with an "ie",' she had to tell everyone in England because they spelt it with a 'y'. 'Really?' Dominic's mother said, as if Leslie herself was a spelling mistake.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The male name was popular in the U.K. during the first half of the 20th century.
  • The female given name is usually spelled Lesley in the U.K.

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English. By folk etymology confused with Liesel, Liesl, German pet forms of Elisabeth.

Proper noun[edit]

Leslie

  1. A female given name, popular in the 1980s and the 1990s.

Scots[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Leslie

  1. A Scottish surname meaning "garden of hollies".
  2. A male or female given name transferred from the surname.