The name Lesley is the feminine variation of Leslie which is the masculine version. Americans in the 1940s mistakenly thought the version of Lesley was masculine. I believe it was categorized as such after a movie character. Nevertheless, the name Leslie is the masculine version. The name Lesley in Europe and in the U.K. would be named for a woman.
My name is Lesley. I think from an adult’s perspective there is nothing wrong with the name...albeit perhaps a tad plain... I prefer it pronounced Lesslee rather than Lezlie. But I find different people have different opinions on how they like the name pronounced. I do find people constantly spell it wrong... Leslie... which is perhaps the most common form, but honestly to the point where people reply to my emails at work with the wrong spelling, lol. The unfortunate part of this name is that I got called Lesbo a bunch of times growing up and this has put me off of this name. I have considered changing it numerous times...I cringe when I hear my name... so I don’t have the best experience with it.
My name is Lesley Ann. My mom named me after my Grandfather who heard the name Wesley which she thought was too much of a male name. I never liked my name until I got older and felt that Lezlee sounded much better than Laslee.
This is the feminine spelling in the UK, while Leslie is the masculine one.
This UK feminine spelling is also seen in Australia and New Zealand.
The name Lesley was given to 95 girls born in the US in 2015.
To the person who mentioned this could be changed into cruel nicknames... all names can. If someone wants to be cruel (and most of us were at times as children, probably) they will find a way. I love my name. My dad & grandfather's middle names were Leslie.
Lesley Roy is an Irish singer-songwriter.
My name is Lesley Ann and I am now married to a pastor, and my title is Lady Lesley! I absolutely love my name and my title! It definitely has a nice elegant sound and it is very easy to pronounce. I wish my mom was still alive today, since she loved "L' names. Mom named my older sister Lisa and myself Lesley. My name is very classy & unique which fits my uniqueness "right down to the tee."
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).
Lesley Lawson (née Hornby; born 19 September 1949), widely known by the nickname Twiggy, is an English model, actress and singer.
A famous bearer is actress Lesley-Ann Down.
In the Middle Ages, Lesley was a common vernacular form of the feminine name Lettice (Laetitia).
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.
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".
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.
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".


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.
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. (:
This name is pretty cute; it sounds like Lindsey.
Actress Lesley Ann Warren portrayed Miss Scarlett in the 1985 film, "Clue."
A famous bearer of this name is one of my all-time favorite singers Lesley Gore.
Traditionally this is the female version of the masculine name Leslie.
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.

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