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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 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).

VisualiseAHorse Mon 13-May-13 20:01:47

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

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

I know 1, but spelt weirdly differently.

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