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VictoriaOKeefe Mon 18-May-15 07:46:14

What do people think of Lesley for a girl. what about middle names to go with it?

sweetpeame Mon 18-May-15 07:48:02

I think it's awful, sorry. I know two Lesleys, both in their mid 30's, who both dislike their name. I wouldn't use it.

Whenwillwe3meetagain Mon 18-May-15 07:58:22

Really dated and often mistaken as a mans name

VixxFace Mon 18-May-15 07:58:24


SirChenjin Mon 18-May-15 08:00:48

Awful name. It's one of those names which were popular in the 70s and which should remain there.

Floggingmolly Mon 18-May-15 08:01:31

It is a bit retro, but I like it.

cosytoaster Mon 18-May-15 08:03:12

Awful, was even awful years ago when it was quite popular

mappemonde Mon 18-May-15 08:03:24

Not keen here at all, sorry.

singlikethepianoMargot Mon 18-May-15 08:06:29

My middle name is Lesley. When I was in school someone in my class found out my middle name and I was teased mercilessly, I was called Lezza for ages, even at my wedding I'm sure I heard a snigger when they said my full name!

I also know a boy called Les and he has been teased at school about it too. I'm not normally one for "don't choose that name they'll be bullied" but in my experience it isn't a great name to have. Sorry.

Dazzalm Mon 18-May-15 08:11:03

My middle name is also Lesley. I am not a fan.

MrsTrentReznor Mon 18-May-15 08:14:03

Another one with Lesley for a middle name. Hate it.
Even my Mum can't remember the correct spelling of it either...

ToodleooAndPeekaboo Mon 18-May-15 08:16:14

Yep, at my school she would have been known as "Lezza" (not by me, I might add) and teased mercilessly. Depressing, but true. So many other lovely names, I'd let this one go.

SadLesley Mon 18-May-15 08:18:21

Hey sad you're all being mean about my name!

To be honest I wasn't that keen as a child but as an adult I am quite attached to it. It is me. It is strong and decisive and take no shit and not frilly, wafty and simpery . It is Scottish and so am I. It is pronounced slightly differently in the country I now live in (but almost always spelled wrong) and I think it sounds nicer.

WyrdByrd Mon 18-May-15 08:19:28

My middle name is Lesley (ironically after my uncle whose middle name is Leslie).

I like it as a middle name as it's fairly unusual (most women around my age have Marie, Louise or Jane), but I wouldn't fancy it as a first name tbh.

WyrdByrd Mon 18-May-15 08:20:54

It is strong and decisive and take no shit

Which perfectly describes the Lesley I know grin.

As I said, I wouldn't fancy it as a first name myself, but it's a very long way from being the worst name you could give a child.

Bigbadgeorge Mon 18-May-15 08:21:59

It's much more common in Scotland and it is a good name, but in the rest of the UK I fear the 'lezzer' thing (that's what I got at school too!)

TittyBojangles Mon 18-May-15 08:26:13

I wanted Lesley if ds had been a dd but it was vetoed by my dh. I love it.

SadLesley Mon 18-May-15 08:36:40

I thank you WyrdByrd, Bigbadgeorge and TittyBojangles grin

MrsTrentReznor Mon 18-May-15 11:44:49

Wyrdbird I'm named after my great uncle Leslie! We used to call him uncle fliptop because of his unconvincing toupee...

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 18-May-15 11:48:22

It sounds so dreary.

SadLesley Mon 18-May-15 13:23:18

Oh well Mitzy it's what you make of it - life and soul of any party, me ... wink

Eigg Mon 18-May-15 13:28:35

It's a fab name, I love Wyrd's description.

I have several friends called Lesley all fantastic women.

Certainly it is pretty uncommon now so she'd likely be the only one in her class.

If you and your DP/DH like it go for it.

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 18-May-15 13:30:36

I bet you are SadLesley. But the Lesley in my life is a bit of a pain, she loves a clipboard and an emergency fire drill. Woe betide anyone who doesn't know their allocated station in the case of a drill.

FatWalda Mon 18-May-15 14:34:55

A name from my generation. I've never liked it, it sounds too masculine. Mind you, I don't like Leslie as a man's name either.

Penfold007 Mon 18-May-15 14:48:49

Lesley is a lovely name.

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