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Isla is the Spanish word for island. I named my daughter this because we lived on an island and her birth reminded me of the calm waves and serenity of the island.
-- Anonymous User  6/28/2005
I love the name Isla. It's one of my favourites. It's not overly used like Emily, Louise, etc.
-- Melissa_14  11/21/2005
A famous bearer is actress Isla Fisher.
-- Anonymous User  12/27/2005
Isla is pronounced like EYE-lah.
-- Isla  1/29/2006
Isla Black is Sirus Black's Great-Great Aunt in the Harry Potter series.
-- Jeana Bradbury  2/20/2006
I read it came from the Gaelic word "Aileach" which means "rocky place".
-- hana  5/10/2006
There is a singer in Ireland called Isla Grant.
-- emeraldstar  8/2/2006
Spanish pronunciation: EES-lah.
-- esma  9/10/2006
This is a Scottish name. The Spanish word Isla is unrelated.
-- Anonymous User  10/22/2006
I love this name. It has such a pretty sound.
-- nothingshortoftragic  4/6/2007
Islay (or Isla) (A) is pronounced Eye-la. Ideas differ about the derivation of the name Islay. Various possibilities have been put forward, including "island divided in two" and "the law island", while it also has been suggested that the name derives from a Pictish princess called Ile, who lived around 650-700 AD. Otherwise the name seems to have emerged around that time with no obvious reason for it.

According to Domhnall Maceacharna, the earliest known reference to the island comes in Adamnan's biography of the Irish saint, Columba, written in about 720 AD. St Columba visited Islay on his way north, prior to setting up the famous monastery on the island of Iona, off the south-west tip of Mull. Adamnan wrote it is 'Ilea', describing it as an inhabited island, "Ilea insula habitabat", and also as 'green, grassy Islay', a phrase which is still used in the Gaelic, "Ile Ghorm an Fheoir".

In a text in 740, it is spelt 'Ili', while by 1095 it had become Yle. From then on, it is commonly Ila, Yla and Ilay. The present spelling was not widely adopted until about 1800. It is as if more modern writers were unhappy with Yla or Ilay and added an 's' to make it look more like the word 'island'. It should be noted that Islay is the anglicised spelling; in Gaelic the island is still spelt Ile.

Peggy Earl's favourite theory, however, concerned a Danish Princess called Iula, or Yula, who left Denmark with an apron full of stones of different sizes. As she proceeded on her journey some of the stones fell out, one becoming Ireland, another Rathlin and a third Texa. The remainder of the stones fell out and became the string of islands from Ardbeg to Kildalton. She perished in the soft sands off that coast and was taken to Seonais Hill above Loch Cnoc and buried there. What was described in the Statistical Account of 1794 as the grave of "a daughter of one of the Kings of Denmark" is marked by two small standing stones about 10 m apart, though there is, sadly, no good evidence to support this tradition. Islay is said to have got its name from this lady, or perhaps she may have taken her name from Islay.

From www.islayinfo.com
-- Anonymous User  8/18/2007
I love this name, it's so nice and uncommon. I would pretty much name my daughter like this!
-- Anonymous User  10/29/2007
Princess Isla is a princess in "Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses".
-- Anonymous User  12/4/2007
It's not bad, but it is overrated.
-- slight night shiver  4/24/2008
Overrated. I hadn't heard of this name until I saw Wedding Crashers. It's practically unheard of in the US but the situation must be different elsewhere?
-- Anonymous User  5/30/2008
This name is stupid. It's just Spanish for "island". Why do many people in Britain like this name? It sounds very trashy.
-- bananarama  7/25/2008
You seemed to have missed some vital points. "Isla" is the Spanish word for island. It is ALSO a traditional Scottish name. I'm not sure how hard that is to comprehend. As for sounding trashy. Um, no more than Isobel or Rose. That's a bizarre comment.
-- Anonymous User  7/26/2008
You're kidding, right? Isla is a Scottish name, much like Ailsa or Iona. It's NOT a Spanish name so the "it's just the Spanish word for island" really isn't that relevant. So, it's popularity in the UK should not be surprising to you, should it? Isn't Scotland part of Britain? DUH!

There are quite a few celebs in the UK with the name: Isla St Clair, Isla Blair, Isla Grant Isla Traquair to name a few as well as the more exposed - Australian Isla Fisher.
-- Anonymous User  11/3/2008
Sweet name. Like Lilah, it is going to get more notice.
-- Anonymous User  10/29/2008
This is a beautiful name that I have loved since Isla Fisher was in 'Home and Away'! If I ever have a daughter it is a strong possibility I would name her Isla.
-- amanda82  11/5/2008
It makes me snicker a little when some name enthusiasts from the US call it trendy and then propose Charlotte or the very similar in sound Lila, both of which are much, much, much, much more trendy than Isla which hasn't even made the top 1000 yet. It is going to get more use but come on! You are overstating things. Lots of Americans haven't even heard of it and assume it's the Spanish word for island being used as a name. It's a weird situation.

In the United Kingdom and Australia it does feel a bit trendy but not nearing Charlotte, Ruby, Grace or Olivia proportions.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2008
Maybe it would be easier to spell it like Ayla. It's a pretty name for a girl.
-- Anonymous User  12/5/2008
Isla isn't just a variant of Islay; there are two rivers in Scotland called Isla. Both Islay and Isla are anglicised spellings of their Gaelic name Ile.
-- Undine  2/14/2009
One of my favorite names, but I am concerned that it is becoming popular due to the actress Isla Fisher (whom I hadn't heard of until a few weeks ago). I'm also concerned that people wouldn't pronounce it EYE-LAH like it's supposed to be, but rather say IS-LAH incorrectly.
-- KirstenSU04  2/19/2009
Isla Fisher has been around for ages although obviously only recently become more well known in the US and Canada. I think you're fine with Isla. It's not top 1000 yet (so rare) and I do think the confusion with the Spanish word "island" will prevent it ever topping the charts. It confuses many people.

If you are in the UK, I stand corrected, it's already mainstream.
-- Anonymous User  2/24/2009
I hate this name, I have no clue why it is so popular among people on this site (opinion board) it drives me crazy and the name isn't even the slight bit nice!
-- Anonymous User  2/26/2009
Being from the United States, I would be aware that if you live in the US and name your daughter Isla, prepare for the majority of people not to pronounce this name in the Scottish manner. They'll pronounce it as if it were the Spanish word. I'm a fan of names, but prior to reading this definition, if I had a student named Isla, I'd pronounce it wrong on the first day of class. And for some reason Madonna's song "La Isla Bonita" now won't get out of my head.
-- faye  2/26/2009
How could you not understand why it's popular on this board, anon? I think it's pretty obvious isn't it? Two syllables, light, airy and for the Americans, probably quite "exotic" too. There's also a gorgeous, comedic, non-sleazy Australian actress with the name who is gaining more notice. I guess it helps that's she married to Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat). That would get you noticed.

I agree that it's problematic in the United States which is great. It shouldn't climb too high.
-- Anonymous User  3/3/2009
It's nice. I like Iyla too.
-- Anonymous User  3/6/2009
Lovely name but has become quite trendy and common where I am. There were 4 Islas in my ante-natal class 2 years ago!

It's a fine Scottish name and it irks me when people can't tell the difference between a Scottish name and a Spanish word. Fortunately most of the English speaking world are aware of the difference.
-- Anonymous User  4/14/2009
Word. I've had people explain to me and condescendingly so, that it's bizarre to like the Spanish word island as a name, even AFTER hearing the explanation it's used as a Scottish name and said differently. It's like talking to a brick wall.
-- Anonymous User  4/26/2009
I like it but I can't decide between Ayla and this. Ayla isn't as pretty looking but Isla is more confusing.
-- Anonymous User  5/29/2009
Isla Hitchens (née Black) was a pure-blood witch and the sister of Sirius, Phineas Nigellus, and Elladora Black. She married a Muggle named Bob Hitchens, and was struck off the Black Family tree and disowned as a result.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2009
Isla St Clair (born 2 May 1952), born Isabella Margaret Dyce, is a Scottish singer, actress and former game show co-host.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2009
Isla Traquair (born 1980) is a Scottish broadcast journalist, currently working on Five News.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2009
I don't know why some people are calling this a "trendy" name. Isla is a traditional Scottish name, and has been used as a given name for centuries. It's about as trendy as Ivy or Catherine. Anyway, I adore this name. It has a beautiful soft sound, like a feminine whisper. I picture a intelligent girl who has long dark hair, green eyes, and lashes like scimitars, who is opinionated and into music and politics.
-- Ailis  7/18/2009
Trendy doesn't have to equal bad though. I would say the same about Isabella and Olivia although Isla is a bit more distinct and has a different feel. I see trendy in relation to Isla meaning it's having a more sudden burst of popularity. It's hot right now or becoming hot. That doesn't mean it hasn't been used regularly before in some places. There are Isla's of all ages (many long dead) all over the world.
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2009
Isla Cameron was a Scottish singer and actress. She played Miss McKenzie, the librarian, in the movie version of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
-- Kosta  10/5/2009
Such a beautiful and unique name.
-- Anonymous User  11/24/2009
This has been one of my favourite names since I saw Isla Fisher in Home and Away well over ten years ago. It's very beautiful and not overly common. I love traditional Scottish names, they have a lovely sound.
-- amanda82  2/11/2010
I love the sound of this name, but I would probably give it as a middle name because some people might not know how to pronounce it.
-- Chrila96  8/13/2010
I know of someone called 'Eilla', and it is pronounced the same, but apparently it is extremely rare to spell it this way!
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2012
Pretty, exotic sounding girls name. Only problem is people might pronounce it wrong.
-- Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
Isla is actually my name; I'm Scottish but I live in the US. It is very uncommon here, which leads to a lot of mispronunciation from other people. But I get compliments from everyone I meet. It is a beautiful name and I'm sad to see it referred to as "trashy" in the very ignorant comment above. Family friends have named their daughters Isla after meeting me, and I couldn't be happier with my name :)
-- islajane_6  7/14/2012
Pronounced IE-lə. [noted -ed]
-- cole64989  7/15/2012
Another nauseatingly trendy name that I've gotten sick of hearing. I admit it's not as bad as Indiana, but I don't like it.
-- zaki95  9/13/2012
I love the name Isla. my daughter is called Isla - the name is an anagram of my wife's name Lisa, it is also the name of the famous Island of Isla who produce some great Whisky. What more could you ask for in a name! It is sad to see some negative comments by people who won't even leave a name! I wonder what is so good about their name!
-- Big C  3/4/2013
Isla is also a Turkey/Persian name for girls. ]t means the halo around the moon or other stars. It also means brilliance and twilight. This is how it is written in Farsi:
آیلا.
-- Anonymous User  9/30/2013
The second daughter of Peter Phillips (son of Princess Anne and eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II) and his wife Autumn is named Isla Elizabeth. She was born 29 March 2012.
-- la-petite-rachel  1/24/2014

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