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Leslie

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39k Lesley (English)

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 1,685 92 1,593
1921 1,773 126 1,647
1922 1,664 121 1,543
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 1,482 102 1,380
1929 1,359 102 1,257
1930 1,371 132 1,239
1931 1,292 101 1,191
1932 1,273 94 1,179
1933 1,290 123 1,167
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 2,060 505 1,555
1942 2,568 834 1,734
1943 3,055 1,137 1,918
1944 3,173 1,202 1,971
1945 3,679 1,703 1,976
1946 4,275 2,139 2,136
1947 4,664 2,358 2,306
1948 4,519 2,306 2,213
1949 4,622 2,417 2,205
1950 4,464 2,329 2,135
1951 4,837 2,540 2,297
1952 5,931 3,575 2,356
1953 6,185 3,905 2,280 #96 girl name
1954 6,376 4,146 2,230 #99 girl name
1955 6,633 4,401 2,232 #99 girl name
1956 6,438 4,385 2,053
1957 8,200 6,101 2,099 #77 girl name
1958 7,944 6,007 1,937 #79 girl name
1959 7,410 5,654 1,756 #84 girl name
1960 6,914 5,238 1,676 #92 girl name
1961 7,289 5,671 1,618 #84 girl name
1962 7,434 5,783 1,651 #80 girl name
1963 7,412 5,858 1,554 #72 girl name
1964 7,046 5,600 1,446 #73 girl name
1965 6,293 4,874 1,419 #75 girl name
1966 6,234 4,996 1,238 #71 girl name
1967 6,384 5,320 1,064 #66 girl name
1968 6,294 5,282 1,012 #66 girl name
1969 6,879 5,836 1,043 #64 girl name
1970 6,634 5,621 1,013 #64 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 5,413 4,982 431 #60 girl name
1983 4,657 4,243 414 #67 girl name
1984 4,182 3,815 367 #75 girl name
1985 3,938 3,607 331 #76 girl name
1986 3,600 3,220 380 #87 girl name
1987 3,486 3,196 290 #89 girl name
1988 3,395 3,077 318 #94 girl name
1989 3,191 2,864 327
1990 3,123 2,828 295
1991 2,829 2,550 279
1992 2,697 2,481 216
1993 2,495 2,295 200
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 3,201 3,078 123
1999 3,461 3,341 120 #100 girl name
2000 3,757 3,620 137 #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 2,055 1,979 76
2010 1,611 1,564 47
2011 1,339 1,285 54
2012 1,269 1,219 50
2013 1,147 1,111 36
2014 1,061 1,000 61
2015 930 876 54

Fun Facts about the name Leslie

  • How many people with the first name Leslie have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 377,546 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 6,101 babies. That's a lot of babies named Leslie!
  • Random Leslie Factoid: According to the 1966 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Leslie ranks 77th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 89 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1966.
  • 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 Seelli. 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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Popularity of Leslie as a last name

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Common last names for Leslie

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • 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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Leslie" mean? The list below shows the origins of Leslie as well as things modernly associated with the name Leslie such as celebrities named Leslie.

English

Origin and Meaning of Leslie

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

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

Leslie Mann

Leslie Mann is an actress and comedian with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1989 to present. Leslie was born in 1972 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

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Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen is an actor and comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1948 to 2010. Leslie was born in 1926 as Leslie William Nielsen in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Leslie Bibb

Leslie Bibb is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1996 to present. Leslie was born in 1974 as Leslie Louise Bibb in Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.

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Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford is an officeholder. Gerald was born in 1913 as Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

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Bob Hope

Bob Hope is an actor, comedian, singer, and author with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1919 to 1997. Bob was born in 1903 as Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England.

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Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne is a singer-songwriter and actress specializing in pop, dance-pop, freestyle, and adult contemporary music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1985 to present. Taylor was born in 1962 as Leslie Wunderman in Baldwin, New York, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Leslie

Leslie Brassfield
Leslie Knope
Leslie Pools
Leslie Sansone
Leslie Van Houten
Leslie Caron
Leslie Jones

Notable Persons With the Last Name Leslie

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie is a basketball biography. Lisa was born in 1972 in Gardena, California.

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Joan Leslie

Joan Leslie is an actress, dancer, and vaudevillian with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1934 to 1991. Joan was born in 1925 as Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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What does the name Leslie mean?

Lis for life, that you live so well.

Eis for easy going, no ruffles here.

Sis for serene, your calm time.

Lis for look, the way you look at life.

Iis for infinite, are your possibilities

Eis for enamoured, forever will your children be with you

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