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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Leslie
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Leslie in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Leslie:
Records indicate that 110,980 boys in the United States have been named Leslie since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1952, when 2,349 people in the U.S. were given the name Leslie. Those people are now 68 years old.
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Comments about the name Leslie
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7 Positive Comments
"My name is Leslie and so was my Fathers. He named me Leslie Glenn and his name was Leslie Guy. He passed away when I was 10 months old in 1950. He named me Leslie Glenn so we would have the same initials and I would not be called Jr. I did get picked on a bit in elementary school and I blooded a few noses. I now and have been going by Les since I was 18. I am now 65." Apr. 3, 2015:
"My great-grandfather, great-uncle, uncle's son and grandson are named Lesile Also, my husband's grandfather was named Leslie, too. He wanted one of my twin boys to be named Leslie from his grandfather (and mine). Now twin baby boys are Henry and Leslie. I don't understand why they think Leslie is a female but it is really a male from old history. I wish that they should not name a girl; Leslie! It should be named a girl: Lesley." Jan. 3, 2013:
"I like it. I'm naming my irst son Leslie. I don't know any girls named Leslie, but I know a guy. My husband's aunts think its girly and my son will be picked on, which I don't understand. They are all over 60 and I don't get how they don't know it's really a man's name. And they have very old-fashioned names- one actually has a guy's name. But either way, I like the name and believe it is a more traditional name. Pronounced
LES-LEE" Jul. 21, 2010:
"My middle name is Leslie. I share my middle name with my uncle and cousin. It was after my grandfather. He died a year before I was born and I couldnt be more proud than to have Leslie as my middle name. I am told he was a great man, I guess thats why my parents named me after him." Apr. 6, 2009:
"Both my father and I are named Leslie. I didn't care for it as a kid, and was constantly explained to people why it wasn't a "girl's" name, but I love it now. I'm a 62 year old male. BTW, I think the pronunciation with the Z sound is British." Mar. 25, 2009:
"My hubby's name is leslie and he goes by Les. he hated it as a child and I absolutley love it!" Sep. 26, 2008:
"it is a good name but my brother is 10 and he thinks that his name is too girly!" May. 18, 2008:
2 Negative Comments
"My name is Lesley, and it was really popular in the 1960's as a boy and a girl's name. There was 4 lesley's in my class at school.
The male version was spelt "leslie", and the female version was spelt "lesley". Being British we pronounce the name "Lezlee". I" Aug. 3, 2011:
"My father's name is Leslie. Of course, since it's really become a girl's name in the second half of last century, he got teased about that a lot. So he went by Les. This wasn't so great, either, though. For instance, my mother is known to, from time to time, say something along the lines of "I could have had more, but I settled for Les."" Aug. 12, 2005:
8 Neutral Comments
"I am a female born in 1961 and I don't like the name Leslee,for a male or female.I get called Les a lot, which is better. But how many mothers and fathers bend over a crib and say "Hi Les/Leslee, you are my sweet baby"? That is such NOT a cute baby name (or grade school for that matter). I guess it's better as you get older (well, not much). But it is unique. I have met 3 people personally that were named Leslie (they spell their name with an "ie" at the end, I spell mine with "ee" at the end). Two were women and one was my former boyfriend in high school who went by "les" and he was a loser! There is my take on being named Leslee, no matter how you spell it" Oct. 25, 2016:
"My grandfather, father, and son all have the name Leslie. My dad and son both go by the name Les. I'm a Gary and I understand I'm becoming extinct. Proud of our names and wouldn't have it any other way." Dec. 4, 2015:
"I am a girl Leslie and I am constantly telling people how it is pronounced with an s sound not a z sound. If I wanted to be Lezlie I would spell it that way. It just gets really annoying." Jan. 23, 2014:
"i am a 42 year old male and my middle name is leslie,ive always found it embarrasing and never really told anyone as i found when i did people would say its a girls name and tease by saying (les be friends)now i just dont care after all i was named after my father who was a good man" Jun. 26, 2010:
"I'm a Leslie. Hmmmm I don't hate my name but I don't really love it either. And people are always mispelling my name the first time they hear it. Alot of people have taken to calling me Lesie. It was cute when my boyfriend started it, now it's just kinda annoying. Oh! I'm a gilr Leslie!! Lol
Is it just me or does my first line sound like I'm introducing myself to a support group???" Mar. 31, 2010:
"Leslie is originally a boy's name, so for girls it is originally spelled as Lesley. Just like Ashley (boys) and Ashleigh for girls." Aug. 3, 2008:
"really? it was the opposite for me. My name's Leslie, i'm female and almost 9 out of 10 i have to spell out the words otherwise people will not know how to write it. They all said it's a man's name" Jan. 4, 2007:
"I am a 57 year old male named Leslie. I realize the name is used more for females since the 50s, but I like it because it is unique. The only time I cringe is when someone calls me "LEZLIE". Where they get the "Z" I don't know." Feb. 8, 2006:
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