Isla

Gender:girl

Meaning:From Islay

Origin:Scottish

Pronunciation:EYE luh

Variations:Iyla, Iylah, Ila

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First coined in the 20th century in Scotland, the name Isla has now become increasingly popular not just in Scotland but all around the UK and overseas. It’s part of a rising trend of traditional names that begin and end with a vowel.

Detailed Meaning

Based on Scottish geography, it is believed the name came from a variation on the spelling of Islay – which is one of the islands in the Inner Hebrides.

The meaning of the island’s name is much-debated and still unknown, but it is often referred to as “The Queen of the Hebrides” for its stunning landscape. In its original form of Ilay or Islay it was traditionally a masculine name, but now it is a predominantly feminine name.

Famous People With This Name

Actress Isla Fisher was born to Scottish parents in Oman but has since appeared in a number of high profile Hollywood films including Definitely, Maybe and Now You See Me. She is married to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

British actress Isla Blair is also of Scottish descent. She has appeared on stage and in films since 1963.

Possible Nicknames

Possible nicknames include Isa, Issa, Issie and Issy.

Related Names

Isla can also be spelt Iyla, Iylah, Ile and Ila, or as mentioned above, a more masculine form is Ilay or Islay. The name Ayla sounds very similar and is more unique.

Stories Featuring This Name

Isla & Pickle is a children’s story about a little girl called Isla and her adorable, miniature Shetland pony. Isla is also the main character in 2014 novel Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Generally though, the name Isla is not widely used in fiction or on TV currently.

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