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Lesley

Origin: Netherlands
gender-female
Region Origin: Western Europe

Lesley is an ancient gender-neutral name rooted in Scottish ancestry. It derives from Clan Leslie, which is associated with the meaning "garden of holly". The name Lesley is also a variant of Leslie, which is a Scottish surname and place name. In Gaelic, the name means "from the gray fortress". The origin of the name Lesley can be traced back to the placename in Aberdeenshire, which is possibly an anglicization of the originally Gaelic "leas celyn" or "holly-garden". The name Leslie is also frequently used as an anglicization of the male name Ladislaus and its variants László and Lászly, which are derived from Slavic elements with 'vladeti' meaning 'rule' and 'slava' meaning 'glory'. In the United Kingdom, the name is spelled Leslie for boys and Lesley for girls.

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