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Ophelia or Isla??

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Balletmummyxx Fri 09-Feb-18 09:44:17

Don’t mind about popularity of Isla. These are the final two we’ve narrowed it down to and due in 2 weeks! Help!

MammieBear Fri 09-Feb-18 09:55:29

Ophelia is a lovely name with a rich history it means help, Isla means island and probably has a history of its own kind but I think Ophelia has the upper hand.

AnyaMoondial Fri 09-Feb-18 09:56:03

I love Isla, it's beautiful.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Fri 09-Feb-18 10:16:37

Isla is lovely !

User197923462135 Fri 09-Feb-18 10:18:07

I love Isla but I'm the same as you; the popularity would probably put me off a bit. I also love Ophelia if it's pronounces Oh-Fee-Lee-Ah but I've heard it pronounced Oh-Feel-Yuh and I'm not so fond of it like that.

awoken3 Fri 09-Feb-18 10:25:11

Ophelia is absolutely beautiful. Isla is way too popular and so is the Turkish version of Isla which is spelt different but pronounced the same. I hear it all day long which is fine if that doesnt bother you but Ophelia is gorgeous.

Isadora2007 Fri 09-Feb-18 10:28:11

I personally don’t like the way Ophelia can be joked about as “I feel you” in a kind of Yorkshire accent... I’m sure it was a joke when I was young hence it has stuck in my head.
So I prefer Isla. But it is very very popular.

Mrsjellybum Fri 09-Feb-18 10:31:11

Ooh they are both lovely. They would work as first and middle names too.
I think you will know when you see her. I was dead set on Olivia but choose something different that was in our list but we disregarded.

I love Ophelia. (Although can u buy stuff with that name on. I hated not getting cups and hair bands with my name on as a child lol)

frogsoup Fri 09-Feb-18 10:37:03

Ophelia is a lovely name but just a bit too die-hard poncy upper middle class for my liking, and I say that as a paid up member grin. Think of yourself shouting it out loudly at the park and you'll see what I mean. Isla is beautiful (was on my shortlist too!)

Balletmummyxx Fri 09-Feb-18 11:02:11

Hmmm mixed opinions! Xx confused

loveisenough Fri 09-Feb-18 11:04:52

Definitely Ophelia in my opinion - beautiful name

JenTeale Fri 09-Feb-18 11:10:34

Isla is lovely but ubiquitous, (particularly in Scotland)I'd go for Ophelia on that basis alone, it's also one of the nicest Shakespearian names in my view smile

bluebabydinosaur Fri 09-Feb-18 11:12:04


17caterpillars1mouse Fri 09-Feb-18 11:30:51

If you don't mind about popularity then i'd say Isla

Meemzinha Fri 09-Feb-18 12:10:58

Are you in the UK? If so I would go for Ophelia as Isla is in the top 10 and waaaaay too common now.

Meemzinha Fri 09-Feb-18 12:12:09

And I like the idea of shouting Ophelia in the park haha! It's such a pretty name. My bf vetoed though...

SmiledWithTheRisingSun Fri 09-Feb-18 12:14:23


Madmarchpear Fri 09-Feb-18 12:20:06

Ophelia. Isla is very common now.

harlaandgoddard Fri 09-Feb-18 12:22:47

I love Isla, it is popular but I still think it’s so pretty.

NotAnotherEmma Fri 09-Feb-18 17:43:11

I've always thought Isla was an awful Ophelia.

PinkAvocado Fri 09-Feb-18 17:46:22

I have only ever met two Isla’s so maybe popularity is regional. Ophelia is ok. It seems pretty but I always say ‘I feel ya’ in a Yorkshire accent in my head which takes the sheen off it! It just isn’t as nice a sounding name as it initially seems I think.

Meemzinha Fri 09-Feb-18 18:00:17

Oh-fay-lee-ya... If you pronounce it like this I don't think it sounds like I feel ya.. Not even in a Yorkshire accent. Unless you live there, it shouldn't matter anyway

MikeUniformMike Fri 09-Feb-18 18:22:29

Is your surname Payne?
Is your surname is White or Mann?
If it's Forest or Castle, how about Iona?

deptfordgirl Fri 09-Feb-18 18:34:04

Ophelia. Isla is far too popular for me.

PinkAvocado Sat 10-Feb-18 08:38:50

Meem-yes if you pronounce it like that but many do not.

OP the French version Ophélie would avoid the ‘ee’ sound in the middle.

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