Scottish place-name or Spanish

Isla Origin and Meaning

The name Isla is a girl's name of Spanish, Scottish origin meaning "island".

Isla is a hit name throughout the English-speaking world but hasn't found the same popularity in other western countries, perhaps because its spelling and pronunciation don't make sense for those whose native language is not English. Think island without the final two letters.

Adding to the confusion, the name is a twin of the Spanish word for island, which is pronounced EES-la. Isla is part of a trend for simple, old-fashioned girls’ names that start and end with a vowel: Ava, Ada, Ella, Emma, Eva, Ida, Ivy.

Red-haired actress Isla Fisher, married to Sacha Baron Cohen, propelled the name to stardom. Isla Black Hitchens is a Harry Potter character; Queen Elizabeth has a great-granddaughter named Isla Elizabeth Phillips.

Some other similar names that are not as trendy as Isla: Islay and Ailsa.

# 33 in the US

Isla Rank in US Top 1000

# 9 on Nameberry

Isla Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Isla Popularity

Famous People Named Isla

  • Isla Lang FisherAustralian actress
  • Isla BlairAnglo,Scottish actress
  • Isla CameronScottish actress and singer
  • Isla St Clair (born Isabella Margaret Dyce)Scottish actress and singer
  • Isla Fiona TraquairScottish broadcast journalist
  • Isla ShortScottish racing cyclist
  • Isla WattEnglish actress
  • Isla Elizabeth Angela Griffith Bamber (b. 2003)daughter of actors Kerry Norton and Jamie Bamber
  • Isla Lampard (b. 2007)daughter of footballer Frank Lampard and Elen Rivas
  • Isla Lough (b. 2007)daughter of distance runners Paula Radcliffe and Gary Lough
  • Isla Grace Halls (b. 2012)daughter of TV host Monty Halls
  • Isla Elizabeth Phillips (b. 2012)daughter of Peter Phillips; great,granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Isla Grace Sidwell (b. 2012)daughter of actor Aaron Sidwell
  • Isla Hefford Kauth (b. 2013)daughter of ice hockey players Jayna Hefford and Kathleen Kauth
  • Isla Elizabeth Collins (b. 2014)daughter of singer Max Collins of band Eve 6
  • Isla Rose Parcelldaughter of blogger Rachel Parcell
  • Isla Woodhousedaughter of footballer Curtis Woodhouse
  • Isla Rose Giacone (b. 2016)daughter of TV personalities Tony and Alyssa Giacone of "The Real World: Skeletons"
  • Isla Rose Earnhardt (b.2018)daughter of American stock car racing driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Amy Reimann.
  • Isla Rose Klein (b. 2018)daughter of American actor Chris Klein

Isla in Pop Culture

  • Isla Martincharacter in "Isla and the Happily Ever After" by Stephanie Perkins
  • Isla Black Hitchenscharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Isla Forsythecharacter on British soap "Emmerdale"
  • Princess Islacharacter from "Across a Star Swept Sea" by Diana Peterfreund
  • Islacharacter in movie "Barbie and the Twelve Dancing Princesses"
  • Isla the Ice Star Fairycharacter in "Rainbow Magic"
  • Islaa character in the anime "Plastic Memories"
  • Isla Schultzcharacter on Australian soap "Home and Away"
  • Isla McCullochcharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • "La Isla Bonita" song by Madonna
  • Islacharacter on Netflix's "The Discovery"
  • Islacharacter I’m Barbie a Princess Charm School

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