How popular is Isla...

(67 Posts)
Locketjuice Sun 10-Feb-13 08:01:54

Do you know any? I have always been in love with the name, and just looking through names and I'm shocked to see its so popular according to the polls... hmm

So how many is there really out there? I'm due August... smile

Also from the south if that's any help...

SoftSheen Sun 10-Feb-13 08:29:18

Isla is very popular in the south of England, I know several- but don't let that stop you using it if you like it, it's a very pretty name.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 10-Feb-13 08:29:19

Very - know quite a few in the NE and on holiday DD has two friends called Isla, both from the south. But it could really depend on your area - would ask friends with children at local nurseries/ schools.

merlottits Sun 10-Feb-13 08:29:36

Very. Every baby girl here. South east.

There's one in DD's class (Y4). Don't know of any others.

scarlettsmummy2 Sun 10-Feb-13 08:33:52

There are three in my daughters nursery class in Edinburgh.

extracrunchy Sun 10-Feb-13 08:34:03

South east here as well. I know three Islas under 3 and a doggy too!

Lostonthemoors Sun 10-Feb-13 08:35:31

Just met one baby Isla - not top 10 but increasing.

Bakingtins Sun 10-Feb-13 09:02:18

Very. My friend chose it for her 3 yr old and everyone thought it was pretty and unusual. Now every 2nd baby (the alternate one is Amelia/Emlia/Millie/Mia) is an Isla. Lovely name though.

farmersdaugther Sun 10-Feb-13 09:30:41

It's currently no 22 on the rating in England and Wales.

I know 2 (south east)

pixiestix Sun 10-Feb-13 14:41:59

Very. I know two in Cornwall and two in London - thats about 20% of the babies I know!

pegster Sun 10-Feb-13 14:47:21

Become very popular here recently (Bath). Know, or know of, 5 under 3 years old. Gorgeous name though

Goldalocks Sun 10-Feb-13 15:40:12

My daughter's name but she is nearly 5 -it was at about number 63 when we named her, now 15! These threads always depress me, would appreciate it if anyone who does not know a million Islas could post and redress balance! I console myself not too many in her age group in England, but this would not be case for baby named now.

massagegirl Sun 10-Feb-13 16:08:42

I don't know any Islas and have lots of friends with babies and I work with babies and toddlers. Lovely name! Choose a name you Iove try not to worry about popularity. I used to be a primary school teacher and I never had a class of children all with the same name!

AmandaPayne Sun 10-Feb-13 16:59:20

If you like it, use it. If popularity puts you off though, I can think of five under five who I know off the top of my head. There are two in DD1's pre-school class of around 20 children.

Teapig Sun 10-Feb-13 17:24:15

I love the name Isla, I don't know any here (South East) but I'm a first time mum-to-be and not yet well connected in the baby circles.

We're trying to choose between Isla and another name that's very unique and not easy to spell/pronounce, so I guess we're weighing up the pros and cons of each end of the spectrum.

I think if you really love the name then use it regardless.

MsTimTam Sun 10-Feb-13 17:36:55

I don't know any Isla's (Edinburgh) and I just asked dd1 (5) if she knew any and she looked at me like I'd grown another head smile. Such a pretty name, was on my list for both dds.

MsTimTam Sun 10-Feb-13 17:39:21

Also, dd1's name was 3rd in popularity the year she was born and she is the only one in two P1 classes at her school so giving a popular name doesn't always mean being one of many in a class.

Sasparillo Sun 10-Feb-13 17:43:16

I don't know any & I live in the west mids. I wouldn't choose it of my surname was white, Mann, Dogs etc! Lol

breward Sun 10-Feb-13 17:46:40

Gorgeous name. I teach a lovely girl called Isla. (First child in 20 years of teaching with that name.. and I'm in SE too).

As long as your surname is not White, Man, Sheppy etc.... Go for it!!!

(sorry crossed posts with Sasparillo)

CruCru Sun 10-Feb-13 19:58:11

I took DS to the Science Museum last week and met an Isla in the Launchpad. I don't know any personally.

SminkoPinko Sun 10-Feb-13 20:07:19

I know an Isla who is 2 (in Wales).

gwenniebee Sun 10-Feb-13 20:09:38

I can think of four under 1 in my immediate acquaintances without having to think too hard! I'm also in the south.

tinselahohoho Sun 10-Feb-13 20:10:30

Masses here up North (as in Scotland North, not England). All the others are called Erin or Lauren or some spelling of something that isn't quite-right-Gaelic . . .

I blame the legacy of Isla St Clair . . . grin

BabyRoger Sun 10-Feb-13 20:13:25

I only know one baby Isla (East Midlands).
I know one who is about 6 (Inverness)
and I know three who are in their 30's (all Scottish, I went to school with them).

Firsttimemum2012 Sun 10-Feb-13 20:15:18

I know of two born within 2 weeks of my DS in July.

LiviaAugusta Sun 10-Feb-13 20:41:29

DS might have been an Isla if a friend hadn't called her daughter it about three weeks before he was born! I now know at least four Islas born in the last 3 years. Still love the name though.

Floggingmolly Sun 10-Feb-13 20:44:26

I'm in London and haven't heard of any. It's lovely smile

TunipTheVegedude Sun 10-Feb-13 20:45:32

Last year 4 of my friends had baby girls and 3 of them were called Isla!

It's popular for a reason!

I don't know any! grin I'm in the North East smile

JacqueslePeacock Sun 10-Feb-13 20:57:34

I don't know any at all, strangely (East of England), although I think of it as being a very popular name, IYKWIM

KumquatMae Sun 10-Feb-13 20:58:19

South East here and I know of three. It's a lovely name.

DessieLou Mon 11-Feb-13 01:39:05

I know is about 3 in Yorkshire, one is 4 months in Scotland and one is a jack russell that normally has its nails painted...poor thing. smile

FannyBazaar Mon 11-Feb-13 01:42:40

I'm in London and have heard of a few born in the last year or so, also same pronunciation but different spellings like Ayla, Aisla and others.

Mosman Mon 11-Feb-13 01:45:30

We have two in our family, one a bit chavy the other not, it's rather funny

ProtegeMoi Mon 11-Feb-13 02:03:05

I know 2 young Islas on my tiny north west town,

AlohaMama Mon 11-Feb-13 07:23:16

If you love it, go for it. It may be popular in one area but not another and till your Isla gets to school you won't know how many classmates with the same name she'd be likely to have. We have chosen a name for our dd due later this year which we decided on 8 years ago but is now apparently very popular. But even if a name is in the top 20 that may still only be 1 or 2% of the girls born that year, and popular names are popular because they're nice! <trying to reassure myself as much as you>

OzBrit Mon 11-Feb-13 07:54:44

I know 3 Isla's - all born in 2012. One in London, 2 in north west. It is a pretty name but increasing in popularity.

GW297 Mon 11-Feb-13 08:03:31

Very, but it's lovely!

MidnightMasquerader Mon 11-Feb-13 08:10:13

Very popular where I am. I'm a bit further south than most of you (NZ). Regional popularity doesn't really have too much bearing - the name will be associated with this era, especially when you consider it is currently popular internationally.

I went to school with an Isla 30 years ago - it was very rare then!

FirstTimeForEverything Mon 11-Feb-13 08:17:10

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Ragwort Mon 11-Feb-13 08:19:40

I've only heard of one (born last week smile).

But really, if you like it, use it. My DS's name is in the top 5 names but there are none in his social circle, there is one in his class (with an incredibly similar surname grin) but it isn't a problem at all.

coldcupoftea Mon 11-Feb-13 08:20:45

I know loads, sorry. Round here every little girl is called Isla, Evie, Sophia or Isabel!

Belmo Mon 11-Feb-13 08:25:36

I've met absolutely loads at toddler groups, it's the only one there's always doublers of (central Scotland) it's a lovely name though.

Whyriskit Mon 11-Feb-13 08:38:23

Lots here in SE Scotland. A friend in Oz (also Scottish) has called his daughter Islay, which is pronounced the same as Islay - the y is silent.

Bue Tue 12-Feb-13 15:37:44

Am a student midwife in the East Midlands and it's one of the most common baby names I come across. I expect it's even more popular down where you are.

jollygoose Tue 12-Feb-13 18:44:07

it wouldnt do to marry Mr Mann or Mr White!

AyeOopMoose Tue 12-Feb-13 20:15:49

DD1 is Isla. She is the only one in her nursery and they have never had another.

I know it's popular and keep an ear open but haven't heard it locally. (SW)

If you like it, I wouldn't worry about popularity. I was like this before DD1 and for that reason was against the name however it was the only one DH and I agreed on now I'm really glad it's her name. It's beautiful (as is she!).

thegreylady Tue 12-Feb-13 20:39:11

I only know one, a teenager, and her sister is Iona.
I love both names.

Sugarkane Wed 13-Feb-13 11:59:01

I have an Isla nearly 5, she is the only one in her nursery but I think if she was younger then there would be more as her name has become very popular. (Central Scotland)

TheTiger Wed 13-Feb-13 12:02:36

I know 3 - two are 1 year olds and one adult. I'm in the NW.

FirstTimeForEverything Wed 13-Feb-13 13:02:47

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squoosh Wed 13-Feb-13 13:47:17

Very popular and in my opinion, very frumpy.

flowerygirl Sat 16-Feb-13 10:21:14

Beautiful name but so popular! Everytime someone has a baby girl and posts it on facebook it's called Isla...

Christelle2207 Sat 16-Feb-13 21:23:30

Hey I'm due August too and it's our #1 girl name. Yes popular but I don't care. Just slightly worried (selfishly) that friend/family due before us may nick it.

How do you pronouce it? I always thought it was like 'island' in Spanish, (Ees-la), but someone uptread said 'ayla' and now I'm confused...

Christelle2207 Sun 17-Feb-13 19:24:34

if it was spanish then you would say it like in spanish however I think most people pronounce it like you were saying "island" in english, minus the "nd".

thanks, christelle. My friend had an Isla recently and just assumed it was ees-la. You saved me from saying it wrong when I meet the baby... smile

mrstowers Sun 17-Feb-13 21:25:17

Very popular here (Midlands), shame because it's a lovely name but I get bored of hearing that yet another baby girl has been called Isla.

MidnightMasquerader Sun 17-Feb-13 21:25:45


penguinplease Sun 17-Feb-13 21:31:54

I know of 7 Islas and I know nearly as many Lolas which seems to be really popular now.

however if you like it use it, I have a really popular name of womens my age and although there were 6 of us in my year once I left school I only met a few..

WinterMymble Sun 17-Feb-13 21:36:19

Beautiful name. I know three Islas under the age if five - I think it is in the top ten names in Scotland on those ONS lists?

Locketjuice Mon 18-Feb-13 08:21:16

Thank you everyone, I still love the name but think it is going to be too popular for us sad

Time to rethink.....

Could even be a blue one of course! grin

Locketjuice Mon 18-Feb-13 08:22:13

And I like Isla-may or Isla-rose and his cousin just called her baby lyla-may..... Very very similar!

bamboozled Mon 18-Feb-13 08:26:19

I have a 10 yr old Isla, and we have only met one other..
It's always spelt weirdly by people though!

blondieminx Mon 18-Feb-13 08:29:13

I'm in the south and I know 3, all under 2yo.

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