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Let's talk about Isla!

  • ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
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    What do you all think about the name Isla?

    I’ve recently done a bit of spring cleaning with my list, and a couple of my old favorites are out (Rachel, Lillian, and Hannah, although I’m sort of missing Lillian and Hannah), which potentially opens some room for new favorites, since I can’t seem to eliminate any of my boys’ favorites, and I’m not sure I’m in favor of an uneven list. :)

    I’ve been seriously thinking about Isla lately, and I feel like it could suit my style really well. WDYT of it? Is it too trendy? I’m not too worried about pronunciation issues–it’s been around long enough to be familiar–or at least, I would hope so by now, anyway. I am slightly worried I couldn’t have an Isabelle and an Isla, even though the pronunciations are so different (is-ah-belle, eye-lah). WDYT? If I use Isabelle, is Isla totally unusable? I’m really loving Isla Felicity and Isla Rosamund lately, but I don’t really want to get attached to it, if it’s too similar to Isabelle… For what it’s worth, if I do have an Isabelle, she’d likely be Bella/Isabelle/Issy almost equally. Does Issy as a nn put it into the unusable category, with Isabelle?

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  • jenni_lynn91
    jenni_lynn91
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    I would have pronounced Isla wrong lol. It is the Spanish word for island, so I would have pronounced it (ees-lah). The way you pronounce it, it doesn’t sound really close to Isabelle, but the way they are spelled looks really similar. Issy and Isla look really close, but may be ok for twins. Isla Felicity sounds nice together.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I really love Isla. I don’t think it’s too close to Isabelle, though I would maybe avoid having them right next to each other age-wise. I think if you only had two girls (or twins) it would seem too matchy to me but if you have several kids I don’t think it stands out as much.

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    I really like it but I slightly prefer Elsa (which I assume will only jump drastically in popularity this year because of Frozen). :)

    SaraJane
    SaraJane
    Participant

    Isla is so pretty. My sister used it as a middle name for her little girl to honor her Scottish heritage. I don’t think this name would have too many pronunciation problems. I really love it.

    peachy93
    peachy93
    Participant

    For some reason I thought the name was “Ilsla” at first o.O
    Like, ill-slah. Lol
    If it’s pronounced Eye-lah I don’t think it’s too close to Isabelle. The spellings are similar but you’re right: the pronunciations are different enough.

    Isla Felicity’s very pretty :D


    kimiha
    Participant

    i like isla. its a name that ive heard a few times in recent years. but its not freakishly popular so i dont think its too trendy. ive never heard it on a real person. and no ones going to say “im so over isla.” i think trendy names are names that have a sudden, out of no where boost in popularity and after a couple years they start annoying people. like the “ayden” trend. although i still like just aiden. i would pronounce isla eye la. and i think everyone should because its spelled like island. isla felicity is fabulous. id be hesitant to use isabelle and isla together.

    also, in response to some of your other posts.. ASHLEY! is an all around girl name! it sounds feminine, pretty and cute. it was really popular in the 90s. i went to school with tons of ashleys. just because it was used for boys a few hundred years ago does not make it masculine! if a boy were named ashley now a days, i think he would be made fun of. it is not at all one of those names that should be used for boys but now girls are taking over. names i think that fall into that category are hayden, jordan, reese, shea. but not ashley. you should embrace your beautiful name!

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    Ha. Well, my uncle’s name is Bruce Ashley, and his brother is also an Ashley, so I wouldn’t say that Ashley on guys is exactly dead. It was a strong Scottish boys’ name up until Americans decided it was feminine. I don’t dislike my name, I just dislike the unisex factor of it. I love that it’s English, that it has a natural appeal through it’s meaning (ash-tree meadow), and that it has ties to an amazing English man of faith, George Mueller, who ran an amazing orphanage called Ashley Downs. I wear my name proudly, but I do wish it was a wee bit more feminine. It’s just not as timeless and feminine as other super popular names (like Hannah, Emily, Sarah, Katherine, etc.) are/were. We all have reasons for disliking our names, I suppose. :) I think my reasons are pretty warranted, though–would you want to share a name with your uncle?!

    Thanks for all the thoughts on Isla, ladies! I know it has trended upward significantly in the past several years, but it seems to be evening out lately, so I’m less concerned with its popularity (although I wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually finds its way to the top). Still a pretty name. :)

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
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    I love the name Isla! I don’t think it’s trendy at all (I have only met one) yet it’s been heard enough that I’d hope most people pronounce it correctly.
    My dilemma with it is that I also love Violet and I don’t think I could use both because of the similar sounds :/ I know you have Violet on your list too-what do you think?

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    Personally, I think Violet and Isla could work as sib names. They’re not overtly matchy IMO.

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Yeah maybe I’m over thinking it but if you remove the V it’s like eye-let & Eye-la?

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    @lcd1912 – nah, I know what you mean. I’ve thought about it, too. I would even think you could use Isla as a nn for Violet, honestly. They don’t look alike, but they do sound it. But a lot of people don’t seem to think so–I’ve even seen the combo Isla Violet several times. At this point, Violet still tops Isla for me, but I’m kind of overhauling my girls’ list right now, so who knows where everything will end up. I’ve really been loving these unusual international names, like Eilidh and Mireya and Anne-Sophie and Aurelie and Madelief and Laerke… I feel like maybe they should mostly be GPs, but I have so many crushes right now I’m just trying to sort them all out. :)

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 1 week ago by ashthedreamer ashthedreamer.
    lcd1912
    lcd1912
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    Oh really? Hm Maybe I’ll think more about using both. A lot of those international names look pretty but you’ll have to teach me how to pronounce them! :)

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    haha! It’s not an exhaustive list by far, but the ones I listed:

    Eilidh – AY-lee. It’s the Scottish form of Helen.
    Mireya – mee-RAY-ah. It’s the Spanish form of the French Mireille (mee-RAY).
    Anne-Sophie – pretty straightforward. ann-soh-FEE. The French seem to do double-barrels backwards, haha, with Anne and Marie up front. Something like Soleil-Marie or Grace-Marie or Sophie-Anne seems to flow better, but how much more unusual and cool are Marie-Soleil, Marie-Grace/Marie-Claire, and Anne-Sophie? I love them!
    Aurelie – French form of Aurelia. oh-ray-lee.
    Madelief – mad-eh-leef. It’s the Dutch word for Daisy. I adore it!
    Laerke – LAIR-keh. It’s the Danish word for “lark”.

    I am also really loving the Italian Cosima (KAH-sih-mah) and the German Odilia (oh-DEEL-ee-ah). And probably a million others, I can’t seem to remember them all! I may add none, or them all, I have no clue at this point. I’m liking Eilidh, Odilia, Madelief, and Laerke the best, but we’ll see, I suppose. :) Once I go through and weed out the less-than-serious crushes, I’ll probably post some more. I’m really loving the idea of Odilia Lily as a double middle (how pretty is she?!), but I have no clue what FN I would pair with it. I like the idea of something simple, and I like Grace Odilia Lily or Claire Odilia Lily in theory, but I don’t think I’d actually use Grace or Claire as a FN.

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Thanks!! In that case… I like Eilidh, Marie-Claire, Aurelie (I keep seeing this name but didn’t know how to pronounce it and that’s not what I would’ve guessed!), & I really like Laerke – probably the best of all of them. I could do without: Odilia, (I think Delia itself is very pretty) and Cosima, (My husband has an uncle Cosima so that’s all I keep thinking of) & Madelief looks pretty but sounds kind of heavy at the end… I like Madeline or Madelyn better. I agree – if you have the guts to use a name like Odilia, Grace or Claire can’t compare!

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
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    I actually don’t like Marie-Claire, haha. Marie’s my own mn, so I wouldn’t do that, especially since I’m not a huge fan of it. I was just using it as an example. I do love Anne-Claire and Anne-Sophie, though! Odilia’s probably my favorite, actually. Odilia and Eilidh, anyway. With Laerke and Madelief also in my top five (I’m also considering Hazel, Lottie, Penelope, and Poppy as FNs, but they’re not so much international…). Idk, Madelief sounds pretty light and airy to me, but I’ve loved Madelief for eons, so I’m probably biased. :) And Isla! Isla’s probably the last in my top 5 international options. :)

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    *His uncle’s name is Cosmo. International names are great! I’m really only familiar with Gaelic ones, but love learning new ones!

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Lots of gorgeous names on that list, Ash!
    I’m so glad you gave pronunciation cues because I was thinking, “Eyelid??” ;) AY-lee has a pretty sound to it though. I really like both Mireya and Mireille.

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    Ha! Yeah, “eyelid” would be bad! The TV show Reign has an Eilidh in it (although I think they spell it Aylee), so I’m hoping it’ll get more love here in the US. I think it’s so darling! My sister’s mn is the Irish form of Helen (Eileen), so I figure Eilidh could still be in her honor (I can just see it now. “Eilidh?! How do you even say that?! That’s a dumb name…” :P). I have a huge huge huge list that I’m toying around with, I’m starting a new thread. Feel free to comment on all of those, too, if you like. :) I’ll include pronunciations, there, too. :)

    Kaylan
    Kaylan
    Participant

    I really love Isla, and I definitely don’t think it’s too trendy. It’s definitely had a surge in the last few years, but I work with young kids and I’ve only met two Islas IRL so far.

    I agree that Isabelle and Isla may be a bit matchy if they were right next to each other age wise, but if there were another kid in between (especially a boy) then it wouldn’t be too bad. On the other and, if you had three girls the third may feel left out if her name was drastically different than the others.

    I also love Violet, but those two I do agree are way too alike for a sib-set. For me anyway :)

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    I could see how Isla & Isabelle might be knocked in a sibset but I still don’t think they are nearly as similar as Isla & Violet. Isla & Isabelle seem similar on paper, but the pronunciation is so different…Isla & Violet, while LOOKING very different have all the same sounds :/

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