How popular is Isla?

(44 Posts)

That's kind of it really...I love the name Isla but keep hearing that it's become very popular. Any views or alternatives?

FellatioNelson Wed 26-Dec-12 05:51:11

Very. But it is beautiful.

SomersetONeil Wed 26-Dec-12 06:48:37

Yes, very popular. Is of this era, so will likely date. But that's not important to a lot of people.

vintageviolets Wed 26-Dec-12 07:19:03

My DS is Ayla, pronounced the same as Isla.
she is in her 20's.

Kt8791 Wed 26-Dec-12 07:44:09

Very. But a pretty name.

FellatioNelson Wed 26-Dec-12 07:45:43

Are you Asian vintage? I have a friend with a daughter who spells it that way, also in her 20s and they are Asian.

boysarelikehogs Wed 26-Dec-12 07:45:58

Very. I know an Isis which is lovely. Very different meaning but similiar sound?

FellatioNelson Wed 26-Dec-12 07:47:53

I know an Isis as well. she would be about 11 now. It's beautiful.

FellatioNelson Wed 26-Dec-12 07:48:57

I always wanted Elsa for a girl but I only had boys. Elsa is gorgeous - very elegant and timeless, and not at all over-used.

ICompletelyKnowAboutGuineaPigs Wed 26-Dec-12 08:43:47

Oh no, disappointed to hear it's popular...Isla is currently top of my list! I've only met one Isla and she was my age so maybe it varies by area? Names don't have to be massively unusual for me, but I do like them not to be very popular.

What other names do you have OP?

Onezerozero Wed 26-Dec-12 08:46:09

It's very popular here. But it is nice!

comeonbishbosh Wed 26-Dec-12 10:04:46

Like it. Never met one round here (big northern city) so these things can be quite localised. Hardly top ten, so if you like it go for it!

GW297 Wed 26-Dec-12 14:25:21

Popular but so lovely!

jinglebellyalltheway Wed 26-Dec-12 14:28:53

very, seems to be one in every group we go to

JingleBel Wed 26-Dec-12 14:30:26

Popular here (s London)

KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 26-Dec-12 14:31:32

Very popular - here in NE England and we met two on holiday put of about ten kids. It's a really nice name that's why!

Thank you for your comments. I also like Ottilie (Otti) for short and Orla.

TidyDancer Wed 26-Dec-12 15:36:16

It's become one of those names like Paris, Charlie, Evie (etc) were in their time. Very popular spike then they seem to fade a bit. So I suppose it depends on whether you want to use it soon? Ie are you currently pregnant? In a few years time, it might not be so popular.

Where did you hear Ottilie? I've never heard of that before! It's quite sweet.

Feckthehalls Wed 26-Dec-12 15:39:48

very, in Scotland . Not sure about elsewhere

KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 26-Dec-12 15:49:41

I have an Orla, good choice. Otti is lovely too.

SnowProbs Wed 26-Dec-12 17:18:39

Very popular in London in the last 2 or 3 years. I know three under 3 yrs. it is very pretty, though.

D0G Wed 26-Dec-12 17:21:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I think we're settled on a short list of either Isla, Ottilie or Orla - baby due in January. Any middle name ideas?

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 26-Dec-12 18:24:27

Isla is apparently very popular now but I've only met one and that was years ago. My orthodontist was called Isla.

I'm in a small town on Southwest coast, very very popular. Several in my DD's ballet class and more in her nursery.

looneytune Wed 26-Dec-12 23:11:05

I know one Isla, lovely name (she's about 5/6). A good friend of mine has a Myla, a name I'd never heard before and I like equally.

AyeOopMoose Thu 27-Dec-12 21:32:55

DD1 is Isla.

I'm a teacher and wanted a name that I didn't associate with anyone. DD got the final say I would have gone for Miranda

I know of one other, who is several years older and there are no others at nursery. We are in the SW.

I think it's more common in the SE and it has moved to number 11 on the popularity list, so yes, I do think it is fairly common and "of the time".

But do you know what? It is a pretty, traditional yet contemporary name so if you like it don't worry about popularity. It will become YOUR dd's name!

wigglybeezer Thu 27-Dec-12 21:42:11

Isla in Scotland is not rare but has a widespread of ages from forties down to tinies so wouldn't date up here. Similar Scottish names ( ie. other islands) would be Iona or Ailsa.

I would expect a Scottish connection if I met an Isla.

Do you remember Isla St Clair from the Generation Game ?

StellaNova Thu 27-Dec-12 21:56:50

Isla was ninth most popular name in 2012 according to the Bounty email, that I got today.

Bakingtins Sat 29-Dec-12 19:01:13

It's become suddenly very popular - my friend named her DD Isla 3 yrs ago and I'd never come across it (apart from Isla Sinclair) and it was thought unusual, then since then every second girl is called Isla....

FellatioNelson Sun 30-Dec-12 03:30:44

I think the current fashion for Isla is because of Isla Fisher, but she has been around ages, so it has been a very slow burn!

FellatioNelson Sun 30-Dec-12 03:33:30

I think the current fashion for Isla is because of Isla Fisher, but she has been around ages, so it has been a very slow burn!

Clarano5 Fri 04-Jan-13 15:32:46

Very popular where I am!

zenoushka Fri 04-Jan-13 16:10:08

It is very very popular where I am in North London. But a lovely name.

V popular - I know of 4 Isla's, preschool & younger. Not that I can talk, DS has top boys name!! If you like it, go for it smile

TruckerRobyn Sat 05-Jan-13 20:32:10

Isla i've found is really common! My cousin (7months) is called Ailla - pronounced the same but the cornish spelling meaning the most beautiful

LittleDonkin Sat 05-Jan-13 20:53:56

I only know of 1 isla and she is 2 and a half

TunipTheVegedude Sat 05-Jan-13 20:55:54

The year before last 4 of my friends had daughters, 3 of them got called Isla.

Vagaceratops Sat 05-Jan-13 20:58:07

3 in our small playgroup.

CheungFun Sat 05-Jan-13 20:59:23

I know one Isla and she's a lovely smiley baby smile

I think it is increasing in popularity, but I think that's because it's a bit different, but pretty different not wierd different.

kittensarecute Sun 06-Jan-13 00:31:25

My niece is called Isla. Beautiful name.

AuntyAnna Sun 06-Jan-13 01:33:07

Becoming popular all over the world- I live in NZ and know a few. I think Orla is really lovely it has my vote!

williaminajetfighter Sun 06-Jan-13 02:26:24

Isla seems to be crazy popular in Scotland. Go for Orla or Otto... As much more unique names.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 06-Jan-13 09:06:12

Orla is top ten in Scotland and Ireland ...

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