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Isabella vs Tabitha

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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

AndWhenYouGetThere Tue 16-Jul-13 14:24:05

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

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Tue 16-Jul-13 19:15:35








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!

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