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Isla or Laila?

(33 Posts)
m90 Sun 09-Mar-14 11:56:01

Hi, I'm due in April, just wondered your opinions on these names,
also going to use May as middle name as is was my Nana's name so has a special meaning. Thanks x

winterhat Sun 09-Mar-14 12:10:58

Laila. It's a pretty name and I don't know any little Lailas. Isla has recently become very popular.

Mumof3xx Sun 09-Mar-14 12:11:51

I prefer Leila to Laila tbh

But agree on Laila being better than Isla due to how popular Isla is now!

iloveweetos Sun 09-Mar-14 12:19:10

Oh I love the name Isla. Wanted this name for dd but DH isn't keen sad could even use Ayla

rlrmamma Sun 09-Mar-14 12:50:27

Laila is beautiful

MamaPain Sun 09-Mar-14 13:02:30

I like Laila best. Think it's less common and suits an adult just as well as a child. It's not too defining either.

I don't think it's one of those names where you think instantly think posh/middle class/not so posh/rough as fuck.

EyelinerQueen Sun 09-Mar-14 13:03:14


I really dislike Isla, largely due to it's popularity.

alita7 Sun 09-Mar-14 13:20:26

Love isla

jusdepamplemousse Sun 09-Mar-14 13:57:10

Laila is beautiful. Isla is too but so so popular now, so if that would bother you I'd opt for Laila.

squoosh Sun 09-Mar-14 14:07:39


The popularity of Isla baffles me, it sounds so frumpy.

Ham69 Sun 09-Mar-14 17:14:59

grin at MamaP! I prefer Laila though I do know 3 aged between 5 and 7. My friend's DD is Laila and her 2 really good friends in class are Lola and Lila!

Bowlersarm Sun 09-Mar-14 17:15:31


Frikadellen Sun 09-Mar-14 17:18:28

Laila as it is not so popular.

littleredsquirrel Sun 09-Mar-14 17:20:00

If I had a girl she was going to be Leila. Its beautiful. Do spell it properly though. Leila not Laila

soundsystem Sun 09-Mar-14 17:58:57

Isla is lovely. Not sure if you're aware there is an Isle of May in Scotland, would Isla May sound a bit liek that? Depends where you are though if anyone would even think of that!

squoosh Sun 09-Mar-14 18:10:12

There's also an island called Islay, so the name will sounds like and island's name anyway.

TheCricketWidow Sun 09-Mar-14 18:15:51 biased though, ive got one smile

BlueFrenchHorn Sun 09-Mar-14 18:36:44

Love Laila

florascotia Sun 09-Mar-14 18:37:50

'Islay' (the place, an island) is indeed pronounced 'Isla'.

No-one is quite sure where its name comes from - it might mean 'island with two parts' or 'law island'. Or it might be named after a mythical/legendary Pictish princess, called Ile (Eye-luh).

Driveway Sun 09-Mar-14 18:41:12

Or Leila.

Laila may be less popular than Isla but there are so many Lilys Lilas Laylas etc that I don't think it will sound particularly unique if that is a decider!

Benchmark Sun 09-Mar-14 21:51:49


ashtrayheart Sun 09-Mar-14 21:55:41

I've got an Isla and I don't know any others.

EirikurNoromaour Sun 09-Mar-14 21:58:06

Both Laila and Isla are quite common, and May is extremely common. Isla May will be one of many many girls with that name in her generation and Laila May doesn't sound d great together IMO. I'd personally pick Laila with a much more interesting middle name. Or if you must keep May then choose a more interesting and less common first name.

EirikurNoromaour Sun 09-Mar-14 21:59:21

Laila is an Arabic name and as such Laila, Leila, Layla are all correct spellings. They are less rigid about 'correct' spellings than we tend to be.

Glasshammer Mon 10-Mar-14 01:41:08

I know lots of both. What about Lyra or Lila or Lola or Lois

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