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Region Origin: Southern Africa

Leslie is a gender-neutral name of Scottish origin, derived from the name of Clan Leslie and a placename in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The name likely comes from an originally Gaelic term, "leas celyn," which translates to "holly-garden". In addition to its Scottish origins, Leslie is also 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'. The name Leslie has been used as both a surname and a given name since the 19th century. In the United Kingdom, it is typically spelled as Leslie for boys and Lesley for girls. The name has a rich history and connection to Scottish heritage, making it a popular choice for those looking to honor their roots. Some notable people and characters with the name Leslie include French pop-R&B singer Leslie, New Zealand paralympian Cameron Leslie, and various politicians and actors.

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