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Leslie Marmon Silko is an influential Native American author and the most successful female Native American author of all time. She is most famous for her novels, Ceremony and Almanac of the Dead.
ars musica  11/30/2005
Leslie Howard was a great actor, among other roles he played Ashley Wilkes in Gone With The Wind.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
This is the real name of 60's super model Twiggy.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2005
Famous bearer: amazing comedian Leslie Neilsen.
Tudor  6/14/2006
Leslie shouldnt be a man's name. If a name ends in a "A" or an "E" sound it shouldn't be a man's name.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2006
@Anonymous from 8/4/2006,
That is a very ignorant statement. Are you saying Joshua and Henry also belong on girls and girls only because of the sounds they end in?

The appropriate gender of a name depends on meaning (relative to language) and history; not the way they sound, which is relative to opinion.
Tiger Lilly  10/12/2013
The reason why I hate this name is its famous bearer, the Manson Family member and the murderer Leslie Van Houten.
― Anonymous User  8/27/2006
I have a friend named this, but she spells the name as "Lesli", without the 'E' at the end.
Lena Is A Secret  9/10/2006
Canadian singer Leslie Feist, who goes by Feist. She's also a member of Broken Social Scene.
Honora  10/31/2006
"Leslie Anne Levine" is a song by the Decemberists.
mymymetrocard  11/10/2006
Ex-President Gerald Rudolph Ford was born Leslie Lynch King.
floppery  11/20/2006
Leslie can also be a last name, since I know someone named Tonya Leslie. It is a beautiful name; first or last.
Taydbug112  12/26/2006
I think the name is good for a boy and a girl.
7up  1/24/2007
I'd prefer this more as a girls name rather than a boys name.
Luangi  4/9/2007
My name is Leslie and I really like it. I only know a handful of other people with the name. Leslie isn't a cutesy name like Ashley or Callie. My name can be taken seriously in later life.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2007
Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope. And it's my name, too, but I'm a girl and not a boy.
Elphaba  5/7/2007
For the longest time I didn't like this name. It was the name my parents almost gave me too. When I heard it today I thought it sounded too pretty and refreshing from all the other common names. For myself, I prefer it for a girl. But I do know of 2 males with this name who are adults.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2007
It's an ugly name for a male. It's prettier for a female. It sounds better for a girl than a boy.
― Anonymous User  5/14/2007
Actually it means "from the gray fortress".
K.L.Morgan  5/27/2007
Actually it is a masculine name ancient Scottish. It is also an Scottish surname. It has only in more recent times been attached to females. As it was a traditional Scottish name. So much misinformation on the internet.
K.L.Morgan  5/27/2007
A famous bearer is Leslie Feist, a singer/songwriter.
lovelydove  6/6/2007
AnnaSophia Robb plays a girl named Leslie Burke in the movie Bridge to Terabithia.
libbygirl  7/25/2007
I have a friend whose name is "Lezlie". I've always liked the unique twist replacing the s with a z puts on this classic name without maiming it (ie Lyndsye).
ZoryaLily  7/29/2007
Leslie Hornby is the real name of the model Twiggy.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2007
I've always really disliked the name Leslie, especially for a girl. For one thing, it sounds more masculine than feminine. The two syllables starting with the same letter are not attractive, and neither is the harsh Z sound in the middle. The first syllable always reminds me of the word "lesbian." I have absolutely nothing against lesbians, but it's just not what I want to think of when I hear a name.
queenv  9/30/2007
I totally agree with what the user called 'queenv' who says this about the name Leslie: "The first syllable always reminds me of the word "lesbian." I have absolutely nothing against lesbians, but it's just not what I want to think of when I hear a name."

I'm personally not a fan of the name Leslie for EITHER gender! I honestly don't see ANY appeal. :/
― Anonymous User  4/9/2015
I love this name! I like it better for a girl though. I think a good middle name for Leslie is Marie.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2007
This is the middle name of Hayden Panettiere.
jasmineenimsaj  3/21/2008
I can't really imagine this name on a male anymore. It's not a bad name on a female, as long as it's pronounced LES-lee, not LEZ-lee. Too bad the name makes me think of the abstinence only education proponent Leslee Unruh, who has basically ruined this name for me.
slight night shiver  4/27/2008
I've got a friend named Leslie. It's a nice name, though I like it for boys.
― Anonymous User  9/16/2008
My name is Leslie and I pronounce it LEZ-lee. And I'm a girl.
― Anonymous User  2/22/2009
A good, strong masculine name, completely inappropriate for a female, IMO.
angolmois  4/1/2009
I wish my name was Leslie, it's so wholesome and inviting.
Gods.daughter  5/13/2009
I like this name. For a boy, not for a girl. On a girl, it reminds me of an obnoxious little kid with pigtails and big buckteeth. On a boy, it reminds me a cute, lovable, scruffy guy. I don't know why, but it does. However, I wouldn't name my son this, no matter how much I'd want to. He'd be teased mercilessly, even though Leslie WAS originally a masculine name. Oh, and a (sort of) famous bearer is Leslie Rudd, a character on the webcomic Friendly Hostility ( Yeah, that's where I got it from.
DestructoGirl  5/17/2009
In the U.S., both the LESLIE and LESLEY spellings are considered largely feminine. In Britain, the convention seems to be that the former spelling is used for boys and the latter for girls. I don't believe this is absolute, however, I do recall a British Lesley, telling my ex Leslie (American), "Oh, you spell it the boys' way."

The etymology of the name seems to be quite vague and certainly disputed. "From the grey fort"? "Small meadow"? You name it. And of course, the pronunciation isn't exactly settled either, with some pronouncing it "LES-lee" and other "LEZ-lee." For a relatively simple and straightforward name, this one raises a lot of questions.
gbcallahan  6/29/2009
A famous bearer is American actor Leslie David Baker (born February 19, 1958). He is best known for his portrayal of Stanley Hudson on the American TV program "The Office".
AndrewJKD  12/19/2009
Along with Pat, this is one of those unisex names that offer mass confusion on whether it's a more appropriate male or female name. Sounds like a female name, but was first a male name. Like or dislike, your mail will probably be addressed with the wrong pre-fix, all the same.
JW41926  5/4/2010
In the Hannah Montana TV series on Disney Channel, Jake Ryan (he’s a character, I’m not sure about the actor’s name) said that his name was Leslie. And in the book, Bridge to Terrabitha, there was a girl named Leslie Burke, who dies.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2010
It sounds fine for boys. But as a girl's name it reminds me of a spoiled idiot.
― Anonymous User  8/14/2010
I used to adore this name. I liked Zinnia-Leslie when I was little... but I'm not a fan of hyphenated names anymore.

Also, when I was in middle school, the boys would call the girls "Leslies" by way of calling them lesbians. It was a stupid immature teasing thing that didn't die out for about three or four years. Now it's all I can think about, even though I don't care if a person is a lesbian or not, it's not something I want to think about when naming someone.
Book_Reader22  2/1/2011
I don't really like this name. It seems too feminine for a boy and too masculine for a girl.
Christina Rose  3/27/2011
This is my name. One recommendation if you're going to give this name is to decide on pronunciation: LEZ-lee or LESS-lie. My parents say the latter, but other people (and I) tend to say the former. Neither of my parents ever "corrected" anyone- teachers, doctors, etc, so when someone asks me as an adult which it is, I say, "either one." It's pretty lame, but I don't want two people calling me two different names, thinking the other is wrong.
Leslie579  4/20/2011
Leslie Beaudet is a fictional character in the urban horror book Leslie by Omar Tyree.
555jazzy  9/29/2012
Leslie Knope is the central character of the NBC sitcom 'Parks & Recreation'. She is portrayed by Amy Poehler.
jbr1234  10/8/2012
I have seen it spelled "Leslea" and I think it's an elegant adaptation of the name.
thejamrose21  2/5/2013
Leslie Caron (born 1931) is an actress and dancer. She was born in France to a French father and an American mother.
Buneary  9/4/2013
Not a fan. Reminds me of lesbian- especially with this spelling. And maybe because of that, this name on a male is very laughable. Poor guy! Also, the name is just ugly and outdated.
― Anonymous User  9/4/2014
I own a facebook page called Mackenzie Ziegler with 39k likers and this is one of the owners' names. I think it works for a girl more than for a boy. I would use it for my son, I would use it for a middle name not for a first name. I see NOTHING masculine about this name!
arianagrandelover1  9/13/2014
My name is Leslie, I am female and love my name because it is not common. I was named for the character Elizabeth Taylor played in the movie "Giant".
Idolfanatic  10/1/2014
My name is Leslie and I despise when people pronounce it as Lez-lie instead of Less-lie when I introduce myself I very clearly say Less-lie... Leslie. I know other people with the same spelling of my name and do pronounce it the other way, but personally I hate it and that is not how it is said with me.
[I'm female, my husband's grandpa's name is also Leslie and pronounces it the same way as me]
elliebeanz  10/7/2014
Leslie Withers is a character in the video game 'The Evil Within'.
NamesInterestMe  11/13/2014
I actually think I might prefer Leslie on a Boy. The nickname Les is much more masculine sounding.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2015
I'm also a Leslie with a soft 's' sound not the 'z'. I've always been proud to carry the name since it first belonged to my maternal grandfather, then uncle and cousin- all using it as a middle name. My full name was derived from my grandfather's middle name and my grandmother's middle name (or what my mother thought was her middle name - later found out that she was adopted so that name is not correct but I like the idea). Leslie Jane - it's simple but classic. I get called Les a lot but don't mind that either as long as the 's' is soft. I did get teased some with the lesbian thing...'lez be friends' was the phrase I recall...
― Anonymous User  8/24/2015
Hi. I'm a Lesli. Yes, no "e" at the end. My Papaw & Dad have Leslie as their middle names and my Mom's middle name is Ann. So, I'm named after them Lesli Ann. My family & friends call me Lez, LeeLee, Lezzie and when I'm in trouble, LESLI ANN. (lol)
I don't get offended by how people pronounce my name, life's too short. I love my name. I think it's beautiful and feminine by the way it's spelled.

Leslie is a surname and given name, derived the name of Clan Leslie, ultimately from the place name of Castle Leslie, the clan's historical seat. The name of the castle is probably an Anglicization of an originally Gaelic name, perhaps leas celyn "holly-garden".
Lesli  9/1/2015
Growing up I always hated my name Leslie. Most people could never remember my name and for some odd reason they'd call me Ashley, Rachel, or Lindsey instead. It bothered me so much because it's just 6 letters. Being a girl, my friends would jump between shortening it to Les or Lelly. It didn't help that I would get lesbian jokes about my name all the time. My mother had named me after a friend that she knew years ago but never talks to, the same with my middle name Marie. I do remember having an ex that called me Lesby... again it would remind me of being made fun of in school. It was thanks to my family that I started to prefer being called Lelly-Maria and it quickly caught on with close friends. Now my husband has even caught on calling me Lelly and it has started to make me like my name better. In school I was actually the only Leslie in elementary all the way to high school and yes, I've looked through the entire year book... All in all I feel that it's the type of name that grows on you when it's your own name. At least that is how it was for me. Then again at least I was luckier than my sister Michele who had far more issues with people pronouncing or remembering her name.

In Fable 3 there is an npc named Leslie who always brightens up my day. I guess it's because we share a name and his evil laugh that he just doesn't quite have down yet. For me it's interesting for a guy in a game but as for real life I don't find it pleasant for either gender to live with.
LellyMaria  9/12/2015
The name Leslie is a nice and a great name, I don't really care about which of the genders its used for, the only thing I have considered here is the origin and the real meaning of this name, since names have adverse effects on the bearer. From my little research Leslie/Lesley have the following meaning: in Scottish Gaelic, Leslie means a "garden of Holly's" in Hebrew. It has the following meanings "My father is JOY" "My father is YAHWEH" Yahweh in Hebrew Means "God Almighty" As a father I am considering giving LESLIE to any of my children. However, for those who have been teased by their peers or society, just have this in your mind- the name I am bearing is to please God, not human, and any time someone mentions your name it is a declaration that your father is the heavenly GOD the ALPHA and OMEGA (beginning and the end)!
Mark Bonnie  11/10/2015
I'm 59 and named Leslie. It was a man's name at the time, and I was the only person I knew with this name until college. I pronounce it Les-lie, and I hate it when people insert a z in the middle. Yep, lesbian jokes, which I encountered before I ever even knew what that was!

It's a weird thing to know people for years, and pronounce my name correctly multiple times in front of them, and have them never pick up on the difference. I probably should tell people, but I just don't want to make a big deal of it.

When I was named this, Les-lie was the pronunciation for a man's name. I kind of liked it because it was very different and I have a strong personality anyway.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2016
Lesley is used more for females. Leslie is more masculine.
Eileen1209864  5/6/2016
I actually think it works fine on either sex, though I prefer the Lesley spelling on a male. I picture a blonde-haired, blue-eyed kid of any gender taking a walk through the countryside. Not a bad name at all, but it's not my favorite, either.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/10/2016
Leslie was given to 54 boys in America in 2015.
cutenose  6/17/2016
Leslie Feinberg, the author of Stone Butch Blues, was a butch and saw herself as neither male nor female. Ze was a famous nonbinary bearer of the name.
namewx  6/27/2016
I always thought of this name as masculine. Not my cup of tea, but it is a fine name.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2016
Leslie Roy Moonves is Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. Moonves served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom, Inc., the predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split on December 31, 2005. Prior to that, he had a series of executive positions at CBS, since July 1995. He has been a Director at ZeniMax Media since 1999. He became Chairman of CBS in February 2016.
cutenose  4/13/2017
The most likely reason Leslie started to gain higher usage for girls in the United States and Canada back in the 1940s would be the release of the film noir, The Letter, which was released in November of 1940, starred Bette Davis as Leslie Crosbie and nominated for 7 Oscars, including Best Picture.
m4yb3_daijirou  3/8/2018
My name is Leslie and I would just like to point out that it is pronounced Lesss-Lee NOT Lezz-lee. Please pay attention to pronunciation when someone introduces themselves to you. I've had to constantly correct people and end up just telling them to call me "Les". Much more simple to understand and harder to mispronounce the "s".
Lesssssslie  3/21/2018
Any other spelling besides "Leslie" is not cute. Lesly, Lesli, Lesleigh, Lezli, Lesley AND ANY OTHER VARIATION is not appealing. It should be Leslie for both feminine and masculine. Please stop punishing your children with butchered names.
― Anonymous User  3/21/2018
Leslie Ford is one of Anne's neighbors in Anne's House of Dreams who is married to a mentally challenged man. She finds out her actual husband is dead and marries Owen Ford.
Kitandkat  3/24/2018

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