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flossyflo Tue 05-Mar-13 15:33:24

34 weeks pregnant and thought we had it all sorted...

Girls name chosen as Isla months ago (in all honesty I had the gmail account already registered a few years ago not that husband knew that).

But... am now having second thoughts as just checked the ONS website and found it is ranked number 15...

Should this affect my decision. I always loved having a more unusual name and would like daughter to feel the same.

Dillydollydaydream Tue 05-Mar-13 15:38:03

It's a lovely name. My top girls name is in the top 30 but I've loved it for ages so I'll still use it.

toobreathless Tue 05-Mar-13 15:56:35


I think it's faddy, will date and two a penny. It is very 'right now' and will date in a way that equally popular girls names won't because they have pretty much always been popular such as Emily & Charlotte.

BUT it is popular for a reason, it's a very pretty yet strong girls name that suits a little girl and will equally suit a grown women.

That's not much use is it....

flossyflo Tue 05-Mar-13 16:45:17

oh god. oh god. think you might be right... faddy is not good.

Yannah2006 Tue 05-Mar-13 16:50:11

I think it's very pretty, but yes, very faddy. I wouldn't use it even though i think it's lovely. I see it as the equivalent of Claire, Elizabeth, or Louise- i know millions of those.

I sodding hate it when that happens! DS1 has a name that wasn't that popular when we named him. 7 years on, i think it's ranked around number 20 angry

RunnerHasbeen Tue 05-Mar-13 16:55:58

Number 15 isn't the same proportion of the population as when we were young though, the spectrum is much wider now.

I think it depends where you are in the country. Also, how would you feel if you didn't use it and then someone else you were close to did - would you feel a wee bit sad that you gave up on it?

We discounted a lovely boy name because of the ranking (had a DD anyway, so it didn't matter) but when I have met one I didn't think "Ha, how unoriginal," I actually respect the mother a bit more for not getting bogged down in figures and other opinions and just going for a nice name. Step away from the statistics!

flossyflo Tue 05-Mar-13 17:07:05

I just know I'd hate it if she had to be referred to as Isla S because there was another Isla in the same class....

Although after reading up on it, does seem that there is a much wider proliferation of names these days so this is less likely to occur.

Guess it depends on how tied I am to the name... DH is Scottish so we were going to do a Scottish islands theme, Harris for a future boy and Muck and Eigg for future pets. Although do know Scottish island is actually spelled Islay.... but hey ho.

Any ideas how I can find out popular the name is in my region?

HappyJoyful Tue 05-Mar-13 17:10:08

I had it on my list, but vetoed by DH. Have to say, I do agree it's one of those that I think of now as 'faddy' of 'our time' not that should stop you. I've heard a few in the last year or so, so on the increase.

givemeaclue Tue 05-Mar-13 17:10:52

There are 3 in my daughters class.

What about Iona, popular in Scotland but less so out of Scotland.

On national statistics website you can search by region but only England, Scotland, Wales etc

afrikat Tue 05-Mar-13 17:15:08

I was at a party of 18 girls on Saturday. 5 of us had the same name or a variant of it (think a popular name beginning with K). I work in a very male dominated environment but of the few females 4 of us have the same name. I can't say it's ever bothered me! Tho it does cause some confusion amongst others...

Yfronts Tue 05-Mar-13 21:00:47

Sorry I know 5 Islas but then it is a lovely name for a good reason. Other nice names are Iona and

ladymia Tue 05-Mar-13 21:39:08

Sorry but I think it's both popular and faddy too.

I think Isla is the "Megan" and "Tracey" of our time

drownangels Tue 05-Mar-13 21:43:54

I don't know anyone called that. So I would use it.

thegreylady Tue 05-Mar-13 21:49:26


sausagesandwich34 Tue 05-Mar-13 21:52:22

I know 2 people called Isla with a 25 year age gap

If you like the name use it

My dd2 has a name that was 3rd in her birth year and is still top 10 but she is the only one in her primary school

LadyWidmerpool Tue 05-Mar-13 21:52:36

It's a million times nicer than a lot of 'MN' names and there aren't any in my daughter's nursery! Her name is maybe top 30 and there are two in the nursery so I think it's luck of the draw. I wouldn't be put off.

scaevola Tue 05-Mar-13 21:55:38

I don't think if it as faddy, as I only know one (aged about 8).

BikeRunSki Tue 05-Mar-13 22:01:18

How about Iona instead? Also a Scottish island, but far less popular as a name (but beautiful).

TenthMuse Tue 05-Mar-13 22:17:17

Agree with toobreathless - it is pretty but very faddy. Every other new baby I meet/read about seems to be called Isla. Lots of celebs have chosen it too, it seems, so it's getting a lot of exposure at the moment. Reminds me of Ruby, which also came from nowhere and suddenly became ultra popular.

That said, as others have pointed out, popular names are generally popular because they're nice! If you're sure it's 'the one', use it.

MidnightMasquerader Wed 06-Mar-13 00:56:30

Agree, very faddy. It's a lovely name, but it's sort become a bit, 'mmm, nice' on account of being so widely used. I'm well outside the UK, too.

As for how popular it is your region - this is a bit of a red herring. Nobody remembers whether Claire, Karen, Sarah, Lisa, etc, were more or less popular in region X or Y; they simply associate them with a particular era/generation of girls...

catlady1 Wed 06-Mar-13 01:08:59

It's a lovely name but a bit predictable. I work in a nursery that takes about sixty children and I think there are three Islas, which, when you think of all the thousands and thousands of possible names, is a lot really. I also feel like I hear about a lot of babies being born called Isla lately. BUT that being said, don't let it put you off if you really love the name and have for a while - if you've become set on it you might regret not using it, and there's nothing to say it will stay as popular even for another year.

echidnakid Wed 06-Mar-13 04:53:03

It's a nice name and I don't think it's faddy at all, it's too traditionally Scottish to be that. I'm not in the UK but I only know of two Islas - one born to a friend in England recently and a six year old Isla here in Australia. If you LOVE it, I think you should use it.

ripsishere Wed 06-Mar-13 04:56:24

I think it's a lovely name. I only know one, born to a fiercely Scot mother and an 'I;m so enraptured with my DD I'll go along with anything dad'.
We are abroad though so not entirely representative.

magichamster Wed 06-Mar-13 05:12:53

If you love it then use it.

My DS has a really common name, according to the name lists. It's a name we both loved for years and really suits him. In his class he is 'Bert A' (obviously not the actual name!) as there are 2 of them,but there are 350 kids at his school and they are the only 2.

At one of ds2's clubs there are 2 children with the same name, but it's a really unusual name. I'd have been more gutted if I'd have given my dc what I thought was a really unusual name, only to find another.

Also remember that the name lists are not always entirely accurate. Each entry is for that only spelling. So for example, Lily can be Lily, Lilly, Lillie, Lilley, not to mention all the Lily-May's, but would all be counted as different names. Isla (and my son's name) only really have one spelling, and no obvious abbreviations (e.g. Ben/Benjamin) so maybe appears more popular than it really is.


I love it by the way smile

googietheegg Wed 06-Mar-13 05:20:27

V good point magichamster. I think Isla is lovely.

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