My brother is nine years older than I. When my mother was pregnant, he knew my parents very much wanted a girl. He suggested naming me Leslie Ann, after Leslie Ann Peters, the cutest girl in the fourth grade. They liked his suggestion better than others they’d been considering, and I love it. Leslie Ann is just exactly the right name for me.
The Social Security Popular Names Index supports my observation that the name got a boost, for girls, in the late 1940s and then again in the late 1950s, which explains both my namesake and me. And although I was the only Leslie in my school, I’ve encountered Leslie Clusters over the years—the three Leslies in the econ program in college whom I met when I popped in for a class, the three Leslies who were a year ahead of me in law school, and now, the Author Leslies. It’s a treat to share the name with such delightfully mysterious women!