Leslie

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378k
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since 1880
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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 Leslie

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

  1. A Scottish surname​.
  2. A male given name derived from the surname.
  3. A female given name, of mostly American usage.

Leslie was also found in the following language(s): French and Scots

Notable Persons Named Leslie

Leslie Mann is an actress and comedian. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Leslie was born on March 26th, 1972 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

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Leslie Jones is an observational comedy comedian. Leslie was born on September 7th, 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Bob Hope was an actor, comedian, singer, author, athlete, stand-up comedy, and singing. His ongoing career started in 1919. Bob was given the name Leslie Townes Hope on May 29th, 1903 in Eltham. Bob is also known as Packy East. He died on July 27th, 2003.

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Leslie Nielsen was an actor and producer. His career lasted from 1948 to 2010. Leslie was given the name Leslie William Nielsen on February 11th, 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He left this life on November 28th, 2010.

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Les Claypool is an alternative metal, funk metal, progressive rock, and experimental rock musician. He plays Bass, vocals, upright bass, drums, guitar, whamola, bassjo, mandolin, banjo, clarinet, Double bass, and Bass banjo. He was most active from 1979 to present. Les was given the name Leslie Edward Claypool on September 29th, 1963 in Richmond, California, United States. Les is also known as Colonel Claypool and Les.

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Leslie Caron is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1951. Leslie was given the name Leslie Claire Margaret Caron on July 1st, 1931 in Boulogne-Billancourt.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Leslie

Rose Leslie is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. Rose was given the name Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie on February 9th, 1987 in Aberdeen.

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Lisa Leslie is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks. She was most active from 1997 to 2009. Lisa was born on July 7th, 1972 in Gardena, California.

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Ryan Leslie is a composer, arrangement, record producer, rapping, music executive, singing, songwriter, visual arts, musical arranger, music producer, rapper, record executive, singer, and visual artist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to 1997. Ryan was given the name Anthony Ryan Leslie on September 25th, 1978 in Washington, D.C.

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Joan Leslie was an actress, dancer, and vaudevillian. She was most prominent from 1934 to 1991. Joan was given the name Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel on January 26th, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. She breathed her last breath on October 12th, 2015.

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John Leslie is a television presenter, real estate development, and property developer. John was given the name John Leslie Stott on February 22nd, 1965 in Edinburgh.

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Jordan Leslie is a football player for the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Atlanta Falcons. Jordan was born on October 31st, 1991 in Houston.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 87 8 79
1881 103 11 92
1882 131 9 122
1883 127 7 120
1884 140 15 125
1885 132 10 122
1886 144 8 136
1887 178 12 166 #90 boy name
1888 198 23 175 #100 boy name
1889 178 23 155
1890 201 20 181 #96 boy name
1891 192 28 164 #98 boy name
1892 229 22 207 #93 boy name
1893 211 26 185 #95 boy name
1894 259 36 223 #87 boy name
1895 257 22 235 #81 boy name
1896 264 27 237 #85 boy name
1897 256 34 222 #83 boy name
1898 252 24 228 #89 boy name
1899 199 18 181 #95 boy name
1900 305 30 275 #91 boy name
1901 227 29 198 #89 boy name
1902 288 37 251 #85 boy name
1903 251 24 227 #89 boy name
1904 266 30 236 #91 boy name
1905 272 35 237 #94 boy name
1906 292 29 263 #87 boy name
1907 307 34 273 #95 boy name
1908 320 41 279 #95 boy name
1909 327 35 292 #96 boy name
1910 365 52 313
1911 358 35 323
1912 742 49 693
1913 890 52 838
1914 1,144 68 1,076
1915 1,497 88 1,409
1916 1,456 101 1,355
1917 1,539 99 1,440
1918 1,771 127 1,644
1919 1,653 114 1,539
1920 1,684 92 1,592
1921 1,773 126 1,647
1922 1,665 121 1,544
1923 1,704 151 1,553
1924 1,806 142 1,664
1925 1,657 139 1,518
1926 1,607 140 1,467
1927 1,567 126 1,441
1928 1,481 102 1,379
1929 1,360 102 1,258
1930 1,371 132 1,239
1931 1,292 101 1,191
1932 1,272 94 1,178
1933 1,291 123 1,168
1934 1,339 125 1,214
1935 1,385 162 1,223
1936 1,429 179 1,250
1937 1,416 177 1,239
1938 1,424 176 1,248
1939 1,473 179 1,294
1940 1,625 255 1,370
1941 2,062 505 1,557
1942 2,568 834 1,734
1943 3,054 1,137 1,917
1944 3,173 1,202 1,971
1945 3,679 1,703 1,976
1946 4,277 2,139 2,138
1947 4,664 2,358 2,306
1948 4,519 2,306 2,213
1949 4,622 2,417 2,205
1950 4,462 2,328 2,134
1951 4,839 2,541 2,298
1952 5,931 3,574 2,357
1953 6,185 3,905 2,280 #96 girl name
1954 6,379 4,148 2,231 #99 girl name
1955 6,633 4,401 2,232 #99 girl name
1956 6,438 4,386 2,052
1957 8,198 6,100 2,098 #77 girl name
1958 7,947 6,008 1,939 #79 girl name
1959 7,407 5,652 1,755 #84 girl name
1960 6,915 5,239 1,676 #92 girl name
1961 7,289 5,671 1,618 #84 girl name
1962 7,437 5,784 1,653 #80 girl name
1963 7,413 5,858 1,555 #72 girl name
1964 7,047 5,602 1,445 #73 girl name
1965 6,293 4,874 1,419 #75 girl name
1966 6,236 4,997 1,239 #71 girl name
1967 6,382 5,319 1,063 #66 girl name
1968 6,293 5,282 1,011 #66 girl name
1969 6,879 5,836 1,043 #64 girl name
1970 6,634 5,621 1,013 #65 girl name
1971 6,098 5,111 987 #68 girl name
1972 5,019 4,181 838 #75 girl name
1973 4,747 3,955 792 #75 girl name
1974 5,154 4,463 691 #65 girl name
1975 4,787 4,106 681 #71 girl name
1976 4,844 4,310 534 #65 girl name
1977 4,858 4,251 607 #65 girl name
1978 4,865 4,341 524 #63 girl name
1979 5,028 4,498 530 #65 girl name
1980 5,285 4,778 507 #61 girl name
1981 5,434 4,934 500 #56 girl name
1982 5,414 4,983 431 #60 girl name
1983 4,658 4,244 414 #67 girl name
1984 4,182 3,815 367 #75 girl name
1985 3,937 3,606 331 #77 girl name
1986 3,601 3,221 380 #86 girl name
1987 3,485 3,195 290 #89 girl name
1988 3,397 3,079 318 #94 girl name
1989 3,191 2,864 327
1990 3,123 2,828 295
1991 2,830 2,551 279
1992 2,698 2,482 216
1993 2,494 2,294 200
1994 2,603 2,396 207
1995 2,497 2,311 186
1996 2,839 2,664 175
1997 2,979 2,821 158
1998 3,202 3,079 123
1999 3,461 3,341 120 #100 girl name
2000 3,760 3,623 137 #90 girl name
2001 3,737 3,612 125 #83 girl name
2002 3,618 3,522 96 #91 girl name
2003 3,738 3,637 101 #91 girl name
2004 3,589 3,499 90 #93 girl name
2005 3,224 3,122 102
2006 3,118 3,036 82
2007 2,772 2,690 82
2008 2,401 2,325 76
2009 2,057 1,981 76
2010 1,611 1,564 47
2011 1,339 1,285 54
2012 1,270 1,220 50
2013 1,147 1,111 36
2014 1,061 1,000 61
2015 932 878 54
2016 846 801 45

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Popularity of Leslie as a first name

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Popularity of Leslie as a last name

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Common last names for Leslie

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  • White
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Hall
  • Wright
  • Allen
  • Robinson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Leslie U.S.
  White 72.64% 64.26%
  African American 19.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.13% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.28% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.10% 16.26%

Of Last Name Leslie

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

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Fun Facts about the name Leslie

  • How Popular is the name Leslie? Leslie is the 178th most popular name of all time. As a last name Leslie was the 1,417th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Leslie have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 378,414 babies born with the first name Leslie in the United States. That's more than enough people named Leslie to occupy the country of Bahamas with an estimated population of 353,658 (as of May 3, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Leslie? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 87 new born babies.
  • When was Leslie first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Leslie is Saturday, June 25th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Leslie born? The highest recorded use of the first name Leslie was in 1957 with a total of 6,100 babies. That's a lot of babies named Leslie!
  • Random Leslie Factoid: According to the 1965 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Leslie ranks 98th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 57 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1965.
  • Weird things about the name Leslie: Your name in reverse order is Eilsel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elelis. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Leslie? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 25,078 people with the last name Leslie.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Leslie? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Leslie as their last name.

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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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