Isabella vs Tabitha

(46 Posts)
justpotteringabout Mon 15-Jul-13 21:15:53

Like both. I know Isabella is very popular but it is such a beautiful name. I prefer more unusual names but this one seem to be sticking on the short list. Tabitha is another contender, more unusual and I think elegant but wondered what the consensus is? My Mum is on the campaign for the former so I'm trying to get some unbiased opinion.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Mon 15-Jul-13 21:29:36

Both nice. I think when you include all the variants of it (Isabelle, Isabel, Isobel etc.) Isabella is the no. 1 name, so the question is whether or not you're ok with that level of popularity. What about a similiar name such as:


rockybalboa Mon 15-Jul-13 21:41:34

Both beautiful names but I would discount Isabella on grounds of popularity. Tabitha is just as pretty but much less popular.

TenthMuse Mon 15-Jul-13 22:03:19

Tabitha's much more interesting (and nicer, IMO).

rubylovesshopping Mon 15-Jul-13 22:21:09

Sadly was my childhood cat name.
Isabella pretty but vv frequently used.

Wbdn28 Mon 15-Jul-13 22:25:01

I prefer Isabella by a long way.

TallulahBetty Tue 16-Jul-13 13:27:30

Isabella is beautiful.

Tabitha is a cat's name.

DramaAlpaca Tue 16-Jul-13 13:29:30

Isabella by a mile.

I had a cat called Tabitha & can't imagine it on a human.

pygmy Tue 16-Jul-13 14:14:19

Tabitha for me

Tabitha is my favorite - beautiful and classic, and timeless too. Isabella is very "now".

craigslittleangel Tue 16-Jul-13 14:31:39

My eldest daughter is Isobella. I liked Tabitha for DD2 but my OH said no. If I have another one I would go with this name. (I would have given birth 3 times, I deserve that.)

Popular though it is, my Isobella is an Isobella. We call her Izzy for short as she is a bit more tomboy then Bella would suggest.

Wait until the baby is here. Honestly, sometimes the name you think will work just does not fit. I know!

squoosh Tue 16-Jul-13 14:37:19

Tabitha by a thousand miles.

Isabella is completely snoozeworthy and will date very quickly.

mummywantsaliedown Tue 16-Jul-13 14:40:18

We were torn between these names and we went with Tabitha. Tabs, tabby, tabbage- she has lots of nicknames. Her little friend calls her 'taz' (he's known her since they were little and that's what he's always called her). She's nearly 3.

FingersCrossedLegsNot Tue 16-Jul-13 14:53:52

Tabitha is fabulous. Isabella Isabel etc will be the new Sharon' boring and overdone.

rob99 Tue 16-Jul-13 15:13:45

Tabitha = (pretentious. Used by wealthy southerners and horsey Nellie Olsen types. Often paired with Tarquin for a boy. Can be shortened to Tabby, so you sound like a cat)

Isabella = (pretentious. horsey Nellie Olsen types. Often paired with Sebastian or Oliver for a boy. Requires a posh voice to be pronounced correctly)

Redblackcar2 Tue 16-Jul-13 16:49:03


hawkmcqueen Tue 16-Jul-13 18:05:21

Isabella is simply a beautiful name no matter how it is ranked. Tabitha wouldn't be my personal choice but comes across as a 'strong' name.

PeriodMath Tue 16-Jul-13 18:13:00

Those saying Tabitha is a cat's name, aren't human and animal babes interchangeable now? The three dogs I "know" best are called Oliver, Lucy and Ben. In fact for me Ben is 100% dog.

Doesn't mean cars and dogs own these names though does it?

PeriodMath Tue 16-Jul-13 18:13:55

Babes = names
Cars = cats








100 times, Tabitha!

Keztrel Tue 16-Jul-13 19:23:14

I love both but Tabitha is a bit more unusual so I'd go for that. And yes Tabitha is a cat but cats are awesome.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Tue 16-Jul-13 19:45:15

Isabella will date.

It is SO popular, that the next generation won't want a bar of it.

It's a very cyclical name.

jungletoes Tue 16-Jul-13 19:47:00

My dd is called Tabitha, it's a beautiful name for a beautiful daughter.

rob99 Wed 17-Jul-13 12:41:38

Cats are arsey, selfish little gets who only turn up when they want you to feed them or stroke I guess Tabitha is an ideal name for pusht southern mummies to call their little darlings grin)

italladdsup Wed 17-Jul-13 13:12:56

Tabitha is a gorgeous name!

Frettchen Wed 17-Jul-13 13:27:53

I adore the name Tabitha, and will be using it for DD1 if/when she comes along.

So on that basis you should totally pick Isabella! grin

In all seriousness, both names are lovely - pick whichever feels right.

PeriodMath Wed 17-Jul-13 13:30:44

rob99, what an unnecessarily nasty thing to post. Having a bad day are you?

Keztrel Wed 17-Jul-13 15:06:03

Blimey rob how bored or bitter must you be to post something like that about someone you don't know's taste in names?!

OKnotOK Wed 17-Jul-13 15:18:08

I have an Isabella, we waited until she was born & i just came out with it , it seemed to suit her.

I had absolutly NO idea how popular it was (she can always use her middle name anyway if she so chooses!!) i thought i was choosing some thing a bit "different" (shows what i know).

Its a pretty name so if it suits her...use it.

To everyone who has made fun of the name Isabella on here....fek all of yall!! hmm

starlightloz Wed 17-Jul-13 16:46:22

Tabitha is the name I would have given a daughter had I not only had boys.It is ever such a pretty name. If the popularity of Isabella is a concern how about something similar like Mirabella or Arabella?

jellybeans Wed 17-Jul-13 17:02:25

I like both but prefer Tabitha. It's a stunning name and a bit different. I would def use it if have more DDs.

MoonHare Wed 17-Jul-13 17:07:42

Love Tabitha - we have one!

It is certainly less popular than Isabella/Isabelle/Isobel/Isabel etc BUT it has been mentioned so often on these boards recently I expect it will have shot up the rankings when the baby name stats are published.

That said, I believe it's a marmite name so it probably won't ever trouble the top 50.

Go for it, Tabitha is pretty but still a bit different.

night1971 Wed 17-Jul-13 17:16:25

Tabitha. Delightful pretty name. Isabella gorgeous too although very popular, if that bothers you.

Rob99 is rather limited. Best to ignore. Wonder what fabulous names he has given his poor children.

trinitybleu Wed 17-Jul-13 17:22:55

I have a Tabitha too! Was supposed to be nn Abi but

PeriodMath Wed 17-Jul-13 17:45:56

I wouldn't worry about Tabitha shooting up the rankings - lots of names are popular on MN that never make it into the top 100.

Mhysa Wed 17-Jul-13 20:27:46

I have a Tabitha (13y) and she doesn't often bump into other Tabitha's (although she knows a Tabatha) but she refuses to use that name an only responds to Tabby, which is nice, but drives me mad grin

Mhysa Wed 17-Jul-13 20:33:17

Meant to add that even though Isabella is quite popular, I think it has a better choice of nn, Izzy, Bella, Belle ect.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 17-Jul-13 20:47:26

i like both, and Jemima too. Isabella is so pretty but incredibly popular. dd would inevitably end up with a label - "bella", "which bella, clever bella, thin bella or pretty bella?" I hear it in school at the time with Josh and Lauren. Tabitha is less popular. However. I do prefer Issy and Bella to tabby.

AmberJames Thu 18-Jul-13 08:33:59

I agree with italladdsup. Tabitha is a great name. smile

synaman Thu 18-Jul-13 08:42:06

Don't listen to those saying Tabitha is a cat's name; it's a lovely name.

Isabella and all varients of that name (Isabelle etc) have been done to death recently; I'd be surprised if she was the only Is/Bel in the class. It's not very imaginative

siluria Thu 18-Jul-13 15:37:06

Don't be bothered about popularity - you know which name you love. My DD is Isobel and I love saying her name - to me it is the most beautiful name ever in the world and she is the most beautiful daughter I could ever have imagined, so no matter how many other Isobels/Isabellas there may be out there, it's still the loveliest name we could think of.

I think Tabitha is pretty too - depends on your region, I think, since it is definitely also very popular in some areas (I know three and only one Isobel!)

misskatamari Thu 18-Jul-13 15:56:02

Wow rob99s rather offensive. I haven't encountered such things on mumsnet before (newly pregnant) so atleast most are kind with their comments even when they don't agree.

I think Tabitha a lot. One of my favourite girls names (alas DH not keen). I would pick that over Isabella (which is pretty but a bit overused now)

PeriodMath Thu 18-Jul-13 17:20:24

siluria, really? You know 3 Tabithas? How old are they? I've never met any. But that's the thing with MN, everyone except me seems to know 25 Byrons and 45 Persephones. wink

Mrsindecison Thu 18-Jul-13 19:19:11

I actually know 2 young Tabitha's. I would not let popularity put you off a name and think that you should go with the name you truly prefer. One of my DC has a name which was well outside the top 400 names when I choose it and they actually have another with the same name in their class. Another of my DC has a very popular name (top 5) and doesn't have another in the same class, so you can never tell!

Mrsindecison Thu 18-Jul-13 19:20:17

That should say "Tabithas"!

siluria Thu 18-Jul-13 21:45:36

A three-year-old (in Tenterden - poshish bit of Kent); a 13-month-old in Muswell Hill, and a girl at my daughter's nursery (in Bucks) who I guess is about 2.

So all very MN-tastic areas, I'd say ... ;)

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