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Subject: Re: Leslie
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: May 22, 2007 at 9:53:50 AM
Reply to: Leslie by r
Perhaps not in that spelling. In the UK, at least until very recently, most people have thought of the spelling Leslie as being masculine and the spelling Lesley as being feminine. However, many commentators believe that the original impetus for Lesley becoming a regularly used female given name was the poem "Bonnie Lesley" written by the Scottish author Robert Burns, and since he died in 1796, it would seem possible to me to have a girl named Lesley born in the UK in the early 1800s:

http://www.bartleby.com/101/500.html

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