i dont think they’re on different friendship levels tbh. i wouldnt say that leslie loved ann more or ann loved leslie more- i think they loved each other equally. they probably talked about the names and i feel like ann wouldve objected to having leslie’s daughter named after her. theres every chance that sonia’s middle name could’ve been ann or if ben & leslie had had a 4th kid, her name couldve been ann as well.
at first, it did bother me a little bit that ann named her kid leslie, but leslie didnt name her kid ann. but then…i dont know… it just didnt bother me anymore. i think it just speaks to the character of leslie and the significance of ann/leslie and the effects that leslie had on ann’s life. leslie had such a positive influence on ann, you know, whether or not people could really see that, but i think ann wouldve been so moved by leslie’s friendship that she named her baby after her.
i’d also like to add that chris & ben probably had a say in their names. im not saying that ben wouldve objected to naming his kid ann bc he certainly knew what ann’s friendship meant to leslie. but chris’ life was also MAJORLY affected by leslie and her friendship.
anyway, this kinda got away from me. the point is that i don’t think we can compare leslie and ann’s love for each other based on what they named their kids.