Gender: Female Pronunciation: EYE-la Origin of Islay: Scottish place-name

Islay Origin and Meaning

The name Islay is a girl's name of Scottish origin.

Islay is the name of a Hebridian island famous for its whisky. Don't be fooled by the "y" at the end - this name is pronounced exactly like the more well-known Isla.

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buckminsterfullerene Says:


I know an Islay, and she has to constantly correct people when they say IS-LAY instead if EYE-LA. I think it is a very pretty name though, just something to bear in mind :)

Toya B Says:


I like it, and since it has the same pronunciation I think it should be the form of the name used. However, people will always assume the other spelling because they are ignorant of the original. My friend (Iona) and her siblings are all named after Scottish islands and Islay is the only one who really has trouble. Also, the computer recognises Isla, but puts a red line under Islay!



I like it

EW314 Says:


Pronounced just like Isla, but I find this variant so much more attractive for some reason. DH and I honeymooned near Islay, so this would be a beautiful, meaningful middle name option for us.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


What do you mean, only in a Scottish accent?

Zelliew Says:


Just Isla is very pretty & straight forward

scrittrice Says:


This is a boys name. It's the male form of Isla. Islay is the name of the island that the name Isla is also derived from. As far as I can tell, it's pronounced like "isla" but only if you have a proper Scottish accent.

clairels Says:


Change the A to an E and pronounce it like Eisley.

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:


Is it pronounced eye-lay?