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Quick Facts on Isla

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 167
Simple meaning:
Rocky place

Characteristics of Isla

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Isla

Isla is a Scottish name. Yes, we know “isla” is the Spanish word for ‘island’ but in reality the beautiful name Isla comes to us from the Scots. And it’s pronounced “eye-la”. This is mainly a 20th century coinage derived from the Scottish island Islay in the Hebrides (also known as the Queen of the Hebrides), although there is also a River Isla in Perthshire, central Scotland. In its Gaelic version, the island Islay is rendered Ile (the “s” may have been added to anglicize it more toward ‘island’). Perhaps the original name originated from the Gaelic “aileach” meaning ‘rocky place’. There is also a lovely legend about a Danish princess named Iula who left Denmark with an apron full of stones. When the rocks fell from her apron, they created Ireland and many of the islands between Ireland and Scotland. Isla is an extremely popular name among English-speaking countries outside of the United States. It continues to enjoy a Top 10 ranking in Scotland herself, but it is also very popular in England, Wales, Canada, Australia, Northern Ireland and New Zealand.

Popularity of the Name Isla

Apparently America just got the memo. Isla has been a name of choice among all of our fellow English-speaking nations, but she just managed to climb onto the U.S. naming charts in 2008. Well, that’s not entirely true. Isla did debut on the charts briefly in the late 1800s and early 1900s – but then she wouldn’t rear her lovely face for another 100 years later. This long-neglected name has been brought back to the American consciousness thanks in part to Isla Fisher, an Australian actress who won our hearts in “Wedding Crashers” (2005). Isla has an understated beauty. It’s simple, it’s unpretentious, it’s friendly, and it’s downright Scottish. The name has made some impressive movements on the popularity charts in the United States for the few brief years it’s been on there, but Isla is definitely not in the trendy or overused category, and we hope she remains that way. Her simplicity is just too precious to be shared by the masses.
Popularity of the Girl Name Isla
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Isla

  • Popular Songs on Isla

    Popular Songs on Isla

    La Isla Bonita - a song by Madonna

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Isla

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Isla

    Isla the Ice Star Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The naughty goblins are going to use Isla's magic star to reach the finals of the Tippington Variety Show! Rachel and Kirsty must go to Jack Frost's scary Ice Castle and find the star so that the goblins can't cheat anymore... Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Isla

    Famous People Named Isla

    Famous People Named Isla - Isla Fisher (Australian actress); Isla St Clair (Scottish actress and singer); Isla Blair (Scottish actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Isla

    Children of Famous People Named Isla

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Isla - Jamie Bamber (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Isla - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Isla - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Isla.

Personality of the Girl Name Isla

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Isla

  • No Variations Found.
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