Is Isla really that popular?

(47 Posts)
AlmondFrangipani Mon 13-May-13 19:13:36

We love the name but really didnt want to pick a top 10 name. Just seeing if it really was that popular, do you know many babies with the name?

Can you suggest some alternatives?

TheRealFellatio Mon 13-May-13 19:15:30

Yes I know a toddler called Isla.

TheRealFellatio Mon 13-May-13 19:15:39

And a dog. hmm

PrincessOfChina Mon 13-May-13 19:21:12

In my experience it depends where you are geographically. None here in West Midlands, but bazillions (5 off top of my head) at home in the North.

AlmondFrangipani Mon 13-May-13 19:27:04

We live in the South West and I have heard of 1 newborn so far...but I am 28 weeks pregnant and havent got any other children so probably not the best judge on its popularity!

dustyhousewithdustypeople Mon 13-May-13 19:29:50

I know 5! Mostly in south, one in Scotland.

TheRealFellatio Mon 13-May-13 19:31:59

But I must say that although I know only one, I am old and most of my friends children are much older now. I am aware that it is a very popular name lately.

5madthings Mon 13-May-13 19:37:47

I know three, i am.in the south east.

You can look at the name statistics for your area if you look at the national.statistics they have a bit for different geographical areas or go to some toddler groups or hang out at your local park to see how often you hear it!

sleepingbeautiful Mon 13-May-13 19:48:45

The baby girl names I have come across most in recent months from UK friends are Isla, Amelie, Cara and Ava. This is annoying because my DD is one of these, and we are currently living overseas so I had no idea it was so popular back home, I thought everyone was still on Isabelle/Emily/Olivia.

TallulahBetty Mon 13-May-13 19:50:32

I know 10, of varying ages. West Mids.

PoppyWearer Mon 13-May-13 19:56:23

Two or three in DS's nursery class (and he has a very popular name himself).

I love it, and know a couple.

Sadly, we can't use it. Our surname is the name of an island (let's say...Wight). So her name would sound like Isle of Wight. Not good.

Decoy Mon 13-May-13 20:08:13

I think it may be a bit faddy, because it was rarely heard as a baby name several years ago but now it's suggested on every other thread here. Having said that, I don't know any baby Islas (probably don't live in the right place!)

MrsApplepants Mon 13-May-13 20:13:00

I know 5 Islas and I'm in the south east. It is on a par with Isabelle round here!

CruCru Mon 13-May-13 20:33:27

I'm in London and have met quite a few.

Noggie Mon 13-May-13 20:38:27

I am in Scotland and it is quite popular. Know 3 that we meet regularly x

farmersdaughter Mon 13-May-13 21:03:54

I know 1, aged 3.

Love the name, sadly my Dad called our dog Isla back in the 80's!

ShadowStorm Mon 13-May-13 21:30:34

I know 3 under school age.

00anais00 Mon 13-May-13 21:41:50

i know 2 born in the last two years (not too popular) alternitives- lola, ava, lelia, iris, ella, elodie, anais (my daughters name smile

pinkr Mon 13-May-13 22:24:17

If it is on the top ten then it must be popular surely?

GetmemyPassport Mon 13-May-13 22:26:29

Yes, I know 3. All under 3.

gwenniebee Mon 13-May-13 22:30:41

I know five all under 14 months. Seems to be extremely popular round here at the moment (East of England...)

Pinkflipflop Mon 13-May-13 22:56:28

It's a gorgeous name!

I don't know any and I'm a primary teacher!

If you love it, use itgrin

WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 13-May-13 22:57:00

I know 2 - think it's getting more popular!!

Trinpy Mon 13-May-13 22:58:52

I know 1, but spelt weirdly differently.

squoosh Tue 14-May-13 00:49:04

It's definitely a very popular name at the moment.

I'm not a massive fan.

SingingSands Tue 14-May-13 00:55:31

It's not overly popular, but so what if it was? I called my daughter a "popular" name, but I don't know many other girls with the same name in real life. If I do hear it I tend to think "good choice of name!".

Isla is a lovely name. Unless your surname is "White" or "Wright", best to avoid it then!

Chottie Tue 14-May-13 05:58:49

I know of no Islas and I live SE London. If you love it, use it.

windywoo26 Tue 14-May-13 06:57:12

I know of 4 under 3, it is a really pretty name but is currently very in fashion round here (south east)

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Tue 14-May-13 10:14:24

Wow, deja vu...

Yours is the third 'Isla' thread in recent months to ask specifically about the popularity of the name, as opposed to just asking about the name itself...

How popular is Isla?

No, really, how popular is Isla?

Conclusion? It's a very popular name, and everyone else thinks that, too.

Does it bother you? It would bother me, purely because names which spike massively in popularity end up sounding very dated. But plenty of people (obviously) don't care about that. 

Stat Tue 14-May-13 10:57:18

Isla was number 15 in the rankings for 2011, and before that it was rising up the rankings each year, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was top 10 by now.

It was also ranked 10th in the South East (but not in the top ten anywhere else), so it is particularly popular there if that matters to you.

In other words, as everyone else has said, yes it is popular.

wigglesrock Tue 14-May-13 11:20:01

I know 3 under 6 but I also know 3 baby Astrids and 2 Albas and 2 Arthurs born very recently - all As shock Its popular but it depends how much you love the name. Dd2 has a very popular name (begins with O wink ), she is in her first year of primary school and she's the only one in her year. It's also very regional - dd3 has a name which is well liked on MN but I'm tripping over them here, it's much more popular than my other 2.

Whowouldfardelsbear Tue 14-May-13 11:23:13

Visuliseahorse - my DD is an Isla. There is another Isla in her nursery class. Her surname is Wright and it always makes me chuckle inside when I hear her full name said out loud. We are not in the UK though, and obviously the little island off the south coast is not internationally famous smile

And yes - Isla was the top twelfth name here for the year she was born. Not bothered though as I love it.

harleyd Tue 14-May-13 11:29:28

isla is a horrible name. do not use it. its awful, horrible, horrific
every child in the country is called it


its actually number 1 name on my list atm and i dont know anyone with that name. i know i'll go off it if its really that popular sad

telsa Tue 14-May-13 11:31:16

Never ever met one in my 8 years of motherhood in SE England!

MERLYPUSS Tue 14-May-13 12:10:25

I'm London-ish. There are 2 in reception class and I know another 2 under 10yrs. Good name though.

squoosh Tue 14-May-13 12:14:16

Isla Wright! grin

Don't people put their kids potential name into Google?? Surely it would have thrown up Isle of Wight. Reminds me of that unfortunate boy a few years ago whose parents innocently named him Drew Peacock.

notso Tue 14-May-13 12:18:41

grin squoosh my sister had a friend called Chris Peacock!

squoosh Tue 14-May-13 12:20:07

Chris Peacock!!!!!!!!!

grin shock grin

Who would keep a name like that??

notso Tue 14-May-13 12:21:30

Ha I know! Her tutor was called Phil McKracken grin
You couldn't make it up!

Alright harleyd, don't get your knickers in a twist.

Chris Peacock is an AWESOME name. I knew a Gary Lord. Doesn't sound funny until the R in Gary gets scribbled out on every schoolbook he owned.

TransatlanticCityGirl Sat 18-May-13 20:53:37

I know two, 1 in London and 1 in Essex

liftthatup Sat 18-May-13 21:29:34

My dd is Isla and was born in 2007. I had never heard the name used and was a primary school teacher for 13 years- so familiar with name trends. We are in Northern Ireland and I have not met another one so far... But I've heard of them!! Still love the name smile If you love it, use it!

DeekeyDoo Sun 19-May-13 23:00:12

I know 4 under 6.

kipplin Mon 20-May-13 08:02:08

My 4 year old is Isla. It was about number 70 on the charts when we picked it. For the first few years it was very unusual here and we often found ourselves having to repeat/spell the name out! Now we hear it very often amongst the babies in DC2's baby groups etc. I'm sure it will be top 10 now, maybe even top 5 sad

Belmo Mon 20-May-13 13:01:28

I'm in central Scotland and there's 2 or 3 at every toddler group I've been to. I do think it's lovely though.

Splatt34 Mon 20-May-13 18:42:02

DD aged 2yrs & 7 months is Isla.
There is another in her nursery class who is nearly 3.
Don't know any others but I work full time so don't do the mummy social thing.
Do I care? No! It's the only name we both loved and suits her perfectly.
Only problem is toddlers seems to find it difficult to prnounce and her cousin and several others call her "Ira"

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