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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012

    Is Isla popular?

    I've been seeing the name Isla around and really like it. Is it really popular right now? I don't actually know of any little Islas, just seen the name online. Do you all know any little girls named Isla?

    I do not want a name that there will be others of the same name in her class.

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    I too keep hearing that it's becoming more popular. We are going to name our summer baby Isla, however, since I have yet to come across any other Islas anywhere. I grew up wanting to name my child Ava and lo and behold it BLEW UP the year I had her, but I still used it because it's just her name, you know? Don't worry too much about popularity, if it fees like the right name to you.
    Ava Isobella 4yrs

    Isla Jean 2yrs

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    I'm dealing with the same thing right now with Isla. My husband LOVES it, but it's one of the fastest growing names right now so I'm worried it's going to turn into the next Emma/Ella etc. I think it's still a beautiful name regardless of its potential popularity, so if you really love it, then go for it .. Another option is Islay or Elsa if you're looking for something with a similar vibe.

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    I know what you mean about Ava! I love that name, but way too popular now for my tastes. I've asked a couple of people in my area about Isla so far, and both of them have never even heard the name. Maybe it's not hit my area yet? Still makes me a little nervous though, but I think it's such a pretty name.

    I don't really like "lay" in Islay and I already have an Elsie, so Elsa is out. I do have a couple other name options I like (Violet and Vera). I'm due in 2.5 weeks, so just perusing the name options again to make sure I have some good ones to choose from.

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Northern England
    Here in Northern England it's common, and not just for little girls (I know several women ages 20+ names Isla). But I'm assuming you live in the US. Also remember that even if you use something totally obscure, there is always the chance that she won't be the only one in the class. There is also the chance there may be no Avas or Isabellas or Olivias in her class. There just isn't a way to tell, sadly.

    If you decide against Isla, what about these? - (Some are similar sounding or have the same feel, others are the sisters of a few girls named Isla I know)

    Orla (or spelt the Irish way Orlaith)
    Aoife (EE-fer)
    Emer (EE-mer)

    Rosemary Una ''Romy''
    Fenella Briar ''Nell''
    Maud Evangeline
    Sibyl Constance
    Edith Aveline
    Iseult Matilda
    Agnes Eilidh
    Alba Madeline

    (Eilidh = ay-lee. Iseult = ee-soolt)

    (im twenty and live in london. names calm my soul.)

    Isidore Jack ''Sid''
    Emmett Kielder
    Hugh Raphael
    Alec Oberon
    Wilfred Fox
    Rufus Colm
    Jeremy Aidan ''Jem''
    Nicholas Hwyl ''Cas''
    (Colm = col-um. Hwyl = hwill)

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