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A1980 Mon 08-Oct-12 13:24:42


Like it / don't like it?

sonnieboo Wed 10-Oct-12 12:06:24

"It's too long and hard to say."

I think it rolls off the tongue rather easily! I think it is a lovely name but yes, it has been used too often recently - every other girl seems to an Isabella round here.

Despite being a 'classic' name, it has had a huge cyclical surge over the past few years and will therefore sound 'dated' to the 2000-2010 period imo.

Personally I'd go for a more 'timeless' name - love Isadora, Carlotta, Theodora, Antonia for example.

KatieScarlett2833 Wed 10-Oct-12 11:57:44

Isabella is a Queens name, was in fact an English Queens name (OK, she was French, so stretching a point) so has been around these parts since 1308.

Classic, rather than popular, methinks.

nappyaddict Wed 10-Oct-12 11:41:37

I like the style of name but it is very popular and that would put me off using it I think.

Other names of that style are:

Sylvie, Jeannie, Ana, Patricia, June, Cynthia, Rosemary, Rita, Lillian, Wendy, Penelope, Tulip, Gillian, Daphne, Darrell, Sally, Gwendoline, Alicia, Mavis, Mabel, Minnie, Maggie, Judith/Jude, Janey, Clara, Anastasia, Rosa, Audrey, Miriam (Mimi), Hazel, Dorothy, Jenna, Stefya, Peggy, Alison (Ally), Margot, Frances, Betty, Diana, Angelina, Angelica, Maree, Teresa (Tessa/Tessie), Natalia, Belinda, Millicent, Tatiana, Loretta, Enid, Bessie, Bethan, Lispeth, Esther, Elsa, Elise, Elodie, Louisa, Luisa, Annabella, Cora, Tulip, Pansy, Flora, Rowan, Delilah, Deliah, Carlotta, Nancy, Claudia, Henrietta, Harrietta, Etta, Penelope, Nell, Beatrice, Beatrix, Vera, Susannah, Edith, Olive, Seraphina, Sefarina, Julietta, Josephina, Ethel, Petula, Dixie, Phoenix, Elvira, Miranda, Hilda, Barbara, Pearl, Hillary, Tabitha, Opal, Emmelina, Isadora, Theadora, Kitty, Genevieve, Helena, Lillith, Rosalind, Cordelia, Lisbet, Arabella, Claribel.

SomersetONeil Wed 10-Oct-12 09:22:30

Isabella is the Italian version, isn't it?

Isabel is Spanish, Isobel Scottish/Anglo and Isabelle is French.

Littlesurprise Tue 09-Oct-12 13:04:19

My DP loves this name... when he suggested it, my immediate response was, "Oh right, the boring and pointless girl from Twilight - which would you prefer for a boy, darling? Bieber or Biebs?".

It was harsh and he was upset, but he saw my point after a few minutes of sulking.

I think it's fine if you have Spanish in your family line, but if you don't, then it's prissy and just plain awful. AND there's no way I'm having any daughter of mine come home from school wailing and sobbing because some horrible child in her class called her "Isabellend".

End of.

Kahlua4me Tue 09-Oct-12 11:23:40

I am an Isabel from early 70's and have always loved my name.
Never came across another until going to Spain. Personally I don't feel that it was dated.
Only drawback for me is that frequently people mis spell it as so many variations, but does not bother me anymore.

JennaMoroney Tue 09-Oct-12 11:12:31

Can't understand why ths name is so popular. It's too long and hard to say. Izza Bellah. it seems to go on for ever.

I like Bella but that is apparently the character from twilight. which is bad. thnk?

RillaBlythe Tue 09-Oct-12 09:43:33

It is nice but to me too OTT. I prefer Isabel. But the popularity puts me off.

KatieScarlett2833 Tue 09-Oct-12 09:38:58

DD's middle name, she is 18 and gets called Bella. Is also her grandmothers name.

SomersetONeil Tue 09-Oct-12 09:36:12

It is an old name, and yes classic, but very cyclical and will date, as 1944girl says.

I have one of the variations of the name - given it in the early 70s and named after my grnadmother who was born around 1910. It was soooo old-fashioned and dreadfully old lady when I was growing up with it! Nobody, but nobody had the name and it has taken until now for it to come back into style.

So choose it by all means, but don't be fooled into thinking it's timeless. As lovely as it sounds to our ears right now, it will date - and probably more so this time round because it has been so very popular.

manicinsomniac Tue 09-Oct-12 07:30:11

Beautiful name, I love it.

nellyjelly Tue 09-Oct-12 07:05:22

Very Twilight but then I like Twilight. A gorgeus name regardless.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 09-Oct-12 07:00:36

Very pretty but hundreds of them!

sonnieboo Tue 09-Oct-12 06:59:39

Overused and therefore a little dull. There are just too many!

1944girl Tue 09-Oct-12 01:20:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ripsishere Tue 09-Oct-12 01:14:36

Is a lovely name. Bonnie though, really?

AllThreeWays Tue 09-Oct-12 01:09:59

There are already five in some of my classes (yr7) and a couple in the older years, plus i know many in primary, and still popular now so a few babies I know as well.
So pretty but so overused. Sophie/Sophia same problem.

CheshireDing Tue 09-Oct-12 00:37:31

Including all the similar names/variations of it it's very popular.

Nice name though but I can imagine there will be about 5 in each class when they all start school.

Teamthrills Mon 08-Oct-12 17:39:11

Nice enough name, but becoming very, very boring - every other baby girl seems to have this name.

shoppingtrolley Mon 08-Oct-12 14:11:38

It's a bit Frou frou.

I think Bonnie is a nice alternative.
Or Isadora - Bjork's daughter is called this.
Good luck!

olliesmum234 Mon 08-Oct-12 14:09:06

Way overused - there are so many little Isabellas out there already.

meditrina Mon 08-Oct-12 13:58:53

Absolutely gorgeous name, and a historic/royal classic, so will survive the huge popularity about 2005-2009.

chaya5738 Mon 08-Oct-12 13:51:23

way too popular.

but lovely nonetheless

baskingseals Mon 08-Oct-12 13:49:21

pretty name, but there are so so many.

lilolilmanchester Mon 08-Oct-12 13:40:47

very pretty

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