Quick Facts on Lesly
- American, Scottish
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Garden of hollies
Etymology & Historical Origin - Lesly
Lesly is a modernized (mostly American) spelling variation of Leslie. Leslie originated from a Scottish surname which itself derived from a place name in Aberdeenshire, northeastern Scotland, known as the lands of Lesslyn. The name likely comes from the Gaelic “les cuílinn” meaning ‘garden of hollies.’ The holly plant was important to the ancient Celtic people which they referred to as the plant “the sun never forgot” for its ability to stay green even in the winter. The Celts would use pieces of the holly plant in their winter solstice celebrations and believed them to represent the renewal of the coming spring. Given the cold climate of places such as Aberdeenshire where the holly grew, we’re not surprised that the ancient Celts valued this plant. Hence, many superstitions grew up around this perpetually green plant with its bright red berries. The Scandinavians believed that if planted near a house, the holly would protect their home from lightening. The Celtic people believed the plant would protect them in general, and some thought cutting it could bring misfortune. In any case, the clan name Lesslyn (Leslie) is both well-known and respected, descended from an ancient family who were closely connected to the royal Stewarts in the 14th and 15th centuries. Many given names have descended from Scottish surnames and Leslie is one example of this. The name has been considered unisex, but it is far more popular for females today, particularly in the United States. Traditionally, on the British Isles, the spelling Lesley was generally used for girls and Leslie for boys.
Popularity of the Name Lesly
Lesly is a new spelling variation coined in the mid-1990s in response to the popularity of Leslie. While Lesly grew in usage in the first 10 years of its existence on the charts, it has since been on the decline (same with Leslie). There’s just something about the spelling of this name that makes it look incomplete.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lesly
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lesly
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lesly
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Popular Songs on Lesly
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Lesly
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Famous People Named Lesly
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Children of Famous People Named Lesly
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Lesly - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Girl Name Lesly
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Lesly