Lesley
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Traditionally this is the female version of the masculine name Leslie.
-- Anonymous User  4/9/2005
Funny, I read somewhere that this is the masculine version and Leslie was the female version. I prefer it for a girl whatever the spelling though.
-- Anonymous User  5/8/2007
A famous bearer of this name is one of my all-time favorite singers Lesley Gore.
-- AndrewJKD  4/16/2005
Actress Lesley Ann Warren portrayed Miss Scarlett in the 1985 film, "Clue."
-- Emmasj  10/27/2006
This name is pretty cute; it sounds like Lindsey.
-- Taydbug112  12/18/2006
I don't mind the name Lesley. I think it's quite nice but it's not my favourite but it is growing on me. (:
-- chloeellen  6/26/2007
Leslie was traditionally only a masculine name, the feminine version was first recorded in a poem called "Bonnie Lesley" by the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns. It comes from a Scottish surname which was derived from Gaelic leas celyn, meaning "garden of holly".

BONNIE LESLEY

O SAW ye bonnie Lesley
As she gaed o'er the Border?
She 's gane, like Alexander,
To spread her conquests farther.

To see her is to love her, 5
And love but her for ever;
For Nature made her what she is,
And ne'er made sic anither!

Thou art a queen, fair Lesley,
Thy subjects we, before thee: 10
Thou art divine, fair Lesley,
The hearts o' men adore thee.

The Deil he couldna scaith thee,
Or aught that wad belang thee;
He'd look into thy bonnie face 15
And say, 'I canna wrang thee!'

The Powers aboon will tent thee,
Misfortune sha'na steer thee:
Thou'rt like themsel' sae lovely,
That ill they'll ne'er let near thee. 20

Return again, fair Lesley,
Return to Caledonie!
That we may brag we hae a lass
There 's nane again sae bonnie!

Robert Burns. 1759–1796

My name is Lesley, I was named after my grandfather, because I was my mother's first born as I am female the spelling had to be changed accordingly. My grandfather died before I was born so sadly I never knew my namesake, it took me till my early twenties to appreciate my name, it is an honour to have.
-- karma30  7/13/2009
My mother's name is Leslie and she was named for her grandfather. I would name a son Lesley because I think that the "ie" at the end sounds more feminine.
-- Alie.Meilian  12/17/2010
I like this name very much, although I am concerned about any girl named this, because of some harsh nicknames that cruel people may come up with. Such as "Lesley the Lesbian".
-- Anonymous User  2/25/2011
This is my name and I have never liked it very much, sometimes I think it's ok and sometimes I hate it... I have always disliked how it can't be spoken easily. The 2 "L"s are hard to say together in an elegant way and I'm a very elegant person which bothers me a little bit. I do think the name will come back though pretty soon.
-- LMG  4/1/2011
In the Middle Ages, Lesley was a common vernacular form of the feminine name Lettice (Laetitia).
-- SugarPlumFairy  5/10/2012
A famous bearer is actress Lesley-Ann Down.
-- shadow1999  8/5/2013
Lesley Lawson (née Hornby; born 19 September 1949), widely known by the nickname Twiggy, is an English model, actress and singer.
-- justsomegirl  10/25/2014
I am a female and I love my name. It is rather unique by the spelling which is "Lesley". Whenever people misspell my name as Leslie, I immediately correct them. Although I pronounce mine as Lezzlee, I do not mind when its pronounced Lessley. My nickname is Les or Lezz. I was born in the mid-sixties and my mother named me after Lesley Ann Warren (the beautiful Cinderella character).
-- mzlezz924  4/30/2015

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