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How popular is the name Isla

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MiraclesDoHappen82 Thu 10-Mar-16 16:02:08

I'm really stuck on the name Isla I really like it and no other girls names seem to give me the same feeling. But I am worried about the popularity of it. What are the cons of calling my dd a popular name?
Any parents that have children already how many Isla's in their school? And what area in the country are you?
Any help/advise will be much appreciated.

thenewaveragebear1983 Thu 10-Mar-16 16:07:11

I know of 3 Islas under 5

FedUpWithJudgementalPeople Thu 10-Mar-16 16:07:58

I know at least two children in my immediate friendship group with this name.

What about Iona?

megletthesecond Thu 10-Mar-16 16:10:07


Kelsoooo Thu 10-Mar-16 16:11:27

I have an Isla. She's three. We live in Lincolnshire.

But we call her Piggle .... Sooooo not sure on the cons

SqueegyBeckinheim Thu 10-Mar-16 16:12:28

In my area in the 0-7 age range it's very very popular, along with other similar names like Ella, Ellie, Ava, Eva, Mia, Millie, and Maya.

SqueegyBeckinheim Thu 10-Mar-16 16:13:13

Forgot to put area, I'm in Kent.

mydogeatsnutstoo Thu 10-Mar-16 16:22:20

My daughter's name although with a slight spelling variation. She was named 8 years ago, since then it had become insanely popular to the extent that sometimes I wish I had chosen a different name (though even checked the stats at that time and was in the sixties, now top 10).

It is a lovely name but if I'm honest I think popularity detracts from this and I don't understand people who knowingly pick a top 10 name. We are in England and there are no other Islas in her school or younger siblings nursery but I hear it out and about a lot and know of quite a few others. If I were you I'd go for something less popular, Iona and Iris are similar and also nice. But I know some people do not care about popularity which is fine!

MiraclesDoHappen82 Thu 10-Mar-16 16:34:51

I've always loved the name and always wanted it but the popularity of it does put me off. I wish it didn't though because it is such a beautiful name. I personally don't know anyone with the name but knowing its in the top 10 makes me think it will be popular or maybe it won't be as people will be put off using it with it being in the top 10.

SayAGreatBigThankyou Thu 10-Mar-16 16:41:30

I know 3 in the same class (reception)

ABitAsleep Thu 10-Mar-16 16:47:28

I would say it's quite popular right now, and i can tell you from personal experience that being one of several with the same name in the class seriously sucks hmm Made me hate my name because of it. Being forever refered to 'insert name' S, 'insert name' D, 'insert name' T isn't fun... or even worse Big 'insert name' or Little 'insert name'!!!

Heathcliff27 Thu 10-Mar-16 16:59:05

We were set on the name Isla until I got it into my head that along with our Scottish surname she would sound like a bottle of whiskey eg. Isla mctavish. Put me right off. Not helpful i know.

motmot Thu 10-Mar-16 17:04:12

Extremely popular here in Scotland too, it's very pretty and hence popular for a reason!

Sophronia Thu 10-Mar-16 17:08:35

Very popular, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

RalphSteadmansEye Thu 10-Mar-16 17:10:19

No 1, isn't it? I know 3 under 12 months but no others.

VinceNoirLovesHowardMoon Thu 10-Mar-16 17:23:29

So so so popular.

Acunningruse Thu 10-Mar-16 17:23:48

2 in DS nursery class, both aged 3

KaraokeQueenOfTheNorth Thu 10-Mar-16 17:26:17

I think it may be popular. But I honestly don't know why that is a problem. Go for the name you love. Why are people so fixated on having unpopular names? Surely it is good to have a name lots of people like smile

I only know of one Isla, personally.

MiraclesDoHappen82 Thu 10-Mar-16 18:01:42

I'm in cheshire. Maybe the popularity hasn't got here yet. As I have never come across any. Wishful thinking.

MiraclesDoHappen82 Thu 10-Mar-16 18:05:04

I don't want her to grow up hating her name because so many others have it. I guess my name was quite popular when I was young but not so now. So won't it be like then, popular for a short time then out it will go.

GoldPlatedBacon Thu 10-Mar-16 18:06:16

Isla was no 3 most popular name in 2014. I think it will be no 1 when the 2015 stats are released.

I know two Isla's under 1 and is the middle name for two other babies I know.

I have a very popular name. I like my name but I didn't like growing up as 'Gold B' because there were Gold F. Gold W and Gold D in my class.

However, the England and Wales top 10 only actually consist of 12% (I think) of girls born in 2014 - the variety of names is much wider now than in the past.

elor11 Thu 10-Mar-16 18:06:40

Does popularity really matter. I know two who are both at school. Don't know any at my various toddler groups.

IdaJones Thu 10-Mar-16 18:10:06

My 8 yo dd has 2 in her year of 60.

IdaJones Thu 10-Mar-16 18:10:27

I am in Surrey

zippyswife Thu 10-Mar-16 18:10:48


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