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Names That Mean Island

IslaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish place-name or Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "island"
  • Description:

    Isla, the Spanish word for island, is also the name of a Scottish river, an island (spelled Islay), and the red-haired actress Isla Fisher, married to Sacha Baron Cohen. A top girls' name in the US, Isla is also popular overseas, especially in England, Wales, and her native Scotland.

BrodyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, English, and Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "broad eye or broad island"
  • Description:

    The energetic Brody is a name that claims different meanings and origins depending on whether you're looking at its Irish, Scottish, or English history -- and Eastern Europeans claim a version too. An alternate spelling is Brodie.

AvalonHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic
  • Meaning:

    "island of apples"
  • Description:

    Avalon, an island paradise of Celtic myth and Arthurian legend--it was where King Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds-- and also the colorful capital of the California island of Catalina-- makes a heavenly first name. Actress Rena Sofer and British musician Julian Cope used it for their daughters.

ErinHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "from the island to the west"
  • Description:

    First-wave Irish name and place name—the poetic name for Ireland—now supplanted by newer alternatives such as Maeve and Delaney.

DeliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "born on the island of Delos"
  • Description:

    Delia is a somewhat neglected seductive southern charmer that stands on its own but also might be short for Adelia or Cordelia.

LyleHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish and English from French
  • Meaning:

    "someone who lives on an island"
  • Description:

    Straightforward single-syllable name, but be warned that by the time he's three, any Lyle will be sick of hearing "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile".

RylanHeart

  • Origin:

    English and Irish
  • Meaning:

    "island meadow"
  • Description:

    Parents seeking alternatives to the overexposed Ryan have flocked to this soundalike name, which peaked at #146 in 2011.

ElleryHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "island with elder trees"
  • Description:

    In the past few years Ellery has gone from middle-aged male detective to a plausible girls' name, a la Hillary.

InnesHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "from the river island"
  • Description:

    Innis is the name of an island (and Gaelic word for island) which became a Scottish surname and clan name before being used as a first. It hasn't been heard much in the U.S., but could attract more attention with the growing popularity of Latin s-ending boys' names such as Atticus.

ElleryHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "island with elder trees"
  • Description:

    Ellery is a rhythmic three-syllable boy's name that is familiar and yet rarely used--and just waiting to be discovered. It's long been identified with Ellery Queen--which was both the pen name of two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee, and the detective they created.

KelseyHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname
  • Meaning:

    "Cenel's island"
  • Description:

    Yesterday's hottie, today's mom name. It derives from several English place names and may mean "Cenel's island", from the Old English name Cenel "fierce".

WhitneyHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname
  • Meaning:

    "white island"
  • Description:

    Yesterday's sensation that rose with the popularity of Whitney Houston. Whitney may have lost some of its style value, but it still sounds like one of the quintessential English names for girls. Today, you might want to shorten it to cool nickname Whit.

EnnisHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "from the island"
  • Description:

    An appealing Irish placename with a unisex feel, Ennis would be a fresh alternative to Dennis and Ellis. It's little-used for boys and even rarer for girls, but since Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons used it for their son, it could be one to watch.

IlaHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "from the island"
  • Description:

    A simple name occasionally heard a couple of generations back.

RodneyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "island near the clearing"
  • Description:

    Rodney peaked at Number 33 in 1965 and has been on a steady decline ever since. As its popularity history indicates, this name is more fitting for someone born in the mid-twentieth century instead of the twenty-first century. It's likely this name will continue trending downward for another generation or two before it has its chance to turn back around.

HalseyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "hallowed island"
  • Description:

    Name of World War II hero that sounds feminine today. Worth update of Holly, Hallie, or cousins.

LyleHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish and English from French
  • Meaning:

    "someone who lives on an island"
  • Description:

    Lyle is a perfect example of a name that sounds old-fashioned for a boy, cool for a girl.

LindsayHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "island of linden trees"
  • Description:

    Lindsay is one of the few truly unisex names (rather than being a name that has changed genders). Over time the ey ending was usually reserved for women and the ay ending reserved for men, although both spellings are overwhelmingly female these days.

CythereaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "from the island of Cythera"
  • Description:

    Cytherea, a place-name that is the home of Aphrodite, seems stuck in ancient Greece.

WhitneyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "white island"
  • Description:

    Deriving from an English locational surname meaning "white island", Whitney was in rare but regular use for boys in the US until the early 1960s, when actress Whitney Blake popularized it for girls. It received a further big boost on the girls' side in the 1980s, thanks to singer Whitney Houston. Now falling rapidly down the rankings, it could be time to reclaim this one for the boys, if only as a neat way to cool-guy nickname Whit.