Lesley

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39k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lesley

"Lesley" is a name of English origin, and it means "Joy". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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  1. A Scottish surname​ meaning "garden of hollies".
  2. A female given name derived from the surname,used since the 18th century. Popular in the U.K. in the mid-20th century.
  3. (rare): A male given name.

Notable Persons Named Lesley

Twiggy is a model. Twiggy was given the name Lesley Hornby on September 19th, 1949 in Neasden. Twiggy is also known as Twiggy Lawson.

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Lesley Gore was a singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. She was most active from 1963 to 2014. Lesley was given the name Lesley Sue Goldstein on May 2nd, 1946 in Brooklyn. She breathed her last breath on February 16th, 2015.

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Lesley Joseph is a presenter, actor, broadcaster, and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1969. Lesley was given the name Lesley Diana Joseph on October 14th, 1945 in Hackney, London, England.

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Lesley Ann Warren is an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1962 to present. Lesley was born on August 16th, 1946 in New York City, New York, U.S. Lesley is also known as Lesley Warren.

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Lesley Manville OBE is an actress. She was most active from 1972 to 1972. Lesley was born on March 12th, 1956 in Brighton.

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Lesley-Anne Down is an actress, model, and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to present. Lesley-Anne was given the name Lesley Anne Down on March 17th, 1954 in Wandsworth.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lesley

Brad Lesley was a baseball player. Brad was born on September 11th, 1958 in Turlock, California. He died on April 28th, 2013.

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Carole was born on May 27th, 1935 in Chelmsford, England. She breathed her last breath on February 28th, 1974.

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Caroline was born on July 14th, 1978 in Toronto.

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John Lesley is a christian bishop. John was born on September 29th, 1527.

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Alis was born on April 20th, 1938 in Chicago. Alis is also known as Lesley and Alice.

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Edith was born in 1872. She left this life in 1953.

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How popular is the baby name Lesley in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 6 0 6
1883 5 0 5
1893 5 5 0
1896 5 0 5
1897 5 0 5
1898 8 0 8
1900 10 0 10
1901 6 0 6
1903 17 0 17
1904 7 0 7
1905 10 0 10
1906 7 0 7
1908 11 0 11
1909 6 0 6
1910 17 5 12
1911 11 0 11
1912 19 0 19
1913 32 10 22
1914 27 5 22
1915 37 10 27
1916 41 12 29
1917 41 5 36
1918 52 11 41
1919 48 7 41
1920 65 15 50
1921 53 14 39
1922 64 6 58
1923 54 9 45
1924 47 7 40
1925 67 14 53
1926 51 15 36
1927 65 14 51
1928 51 5 46
1929 54 13 41
1930 48 8 40
1931 34 9 25
1932 36 5 31
1933 52 17 35
1934 65 23 42
1935 65 28 37
1936 49 18 31
1937 75 36 39
1938 79 39 40
1939 79 36 43
1940 89 32 57
1941 103 56 47
1942 162 102 60
1943 163 95 68
1944 199 129 70
1945 177 129 48
1946 261 204 57
1947 286 215 71
1948 282 211 71
1949 330 249 81
1950 318 254 64
1951 382 296 86
1952 386 307 79
1953 366 297 69
1954 428 353 75
1955 401 332 69
1956 378 296 82
1957 480 397 83
1958 386 286 100
1959 406 305 101
1960 320 244 76
1961 353 277 76
1962 387 304 83
1963 440 351 89
1964 482 404 78
1965 839 743 96
1966 852 752 100
1967 787 688 99
1968 749 663 86
1969 780 714 66
1970 842 767 75
1971 919 848 71
1972 706 641 65
1973 686 611 75
1974 842 783 59
1975 770 714 56
1976 809 752 57
1977 931 849 82
1978 888 842 46
1979 954 913 41
1980 981 928 53
1981 929 869 60
1982 873 833 40
1983 776 734 42
1984 647 606 41
1985 591 565 26
1986 560 520 40
1987 496 472 24
1988 502 479 23
1989 420 393 27
1990 466 440 26
1991 401 371 30
1992 373 354 19
1993 336 314 22
1994 308 288 20
1995 286 276 10
1996 606 591 15
1997 641 626 15
1998 710 695 15
1999 703 682 21
2000 675 658 17
2001 518 509 9
2002 482 471 11
2003 463 451 12
2004 460 451 9
2005 390 382 8
2006 382 370 12
2007 359 352 7
2008 259 254 5
2009 233 223 10
2010 226 219 7
2011 182 175 7
2012 131 131 0
2013 120 120 0
2014 113 113 0
2015 102 96 6
2016 84 76 8
2017 52 52 0

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Popularity of Lesley as a first name

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Popularity of Lesley as a last name

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Common last names for Lesley

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lesley U.S.
  White 78.53% 64.26%
  African American 14.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.13% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.36% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.56% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lesley

People with the last name Lesley are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Lesley

  • What name lists does Lesley rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Lesley? Lesley is the 1,180th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lesley was the 10,891st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lesley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 38,741 babies born with the first name Lesley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lesley to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lesley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Lesley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lesley is Saturday, July 1st, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Lesley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lesley was in 1980 with a total of 928 babies.
  • Random Lesley Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lesley ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 14 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1980.
  • Weird things about the name Lesley: Your name in reverse order is Yelsel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eylesl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lesley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,925 people with the last name Lesley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lesley? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Lesley as their last name since less than 1 person in 101k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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