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#1 WithChild

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:24 PM

I like the names Isla and Ava however I'd like to know which is more common. Our eldest has a very popular name yet is the only one in class with it. In Australia do you think Ava is more common than Isla? Do you know of anyone with these names? Which do you prefer and why? Thankyou rolleyes.gif



#2 lizzzard

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

I know one of each so I'd probably rate them about the same in terms of popularity....and preference - I love them both. Not much help am I?!

#3 mum201

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:36 PM

I think they are both nice names. Ava is really really really popular though. There are about 15-20 kids in our rhyme time and 2 are named Ava, plus in our swim class there are 9 students and also an Ava there.

#4 Tarantara

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:43 PM

I have come across 3 children called Ava who were born this year, and know of several others.

I have only come across 2 people named Isla in my whole life, one during primary school (that was in the olden days wink.gif ) and one who was born this year. I have come across other spellings of the name though in young children, such as Iyla and Ilah.

I prefer Isla, but I also prefer Eva to Ava. Many Europeans pronounce 'Eva' as 'Ava' anyway.

Edited by Jillian_10, 06 December 2012 - 09:45 PM.


#5 Feral_Pooks

Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:50 PM

We don't get many of either around here. But names Eve, Evie and Eva are very popular overall, and Ava is so similar to them (then throw in Ivy, Ada, Ella...) and personally, as much as I love all of these names, I personally would be avoiding them all IF a name being common was an issue for me (it's not, really).

(to me, it's a bit like saying "Hayden isn't common" but then look at Aiden, Jayden, Kayden, etc.)

I do think Isla is different enough from those other popular names, and it's trending too but not quite as much I don't think?

Well, I haven't met any at playgroups, mum's groups parks, libraries etc. Then again, I haven't met a Ruby yet. Got Sophie, Mia, sienna and mikayla everywhere though.



#6 MuppetGirl

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:03 PM

I think Ava is more popular. Isla seems to be gaining popularity though.

#7 vintage.blue

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:07 PM

I know one of each. I prefer Ava

#8 schnookaberg

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:09 PM

I know 5 babies called Isla and 2 called Ava that were born in the past 12 months original.gif

#9 la di dah

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:13 PM

QUOTE (Jillian_10 @ 06/12/2012, 10:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have come across 3 children called Ava who were born this year, and know of several others.

I have only come across 2 people named Isla in my whole life, one during primary school (that was in the olden days wink.gif ) and one who was born this year. I have come across other spellings of the name though in young children, such as Iyla and Ilah.

I prefer Isla, but I also prefer Eva to Ava. Many Europeans pronounce 'Eva' as 'Ava' anyway.

Funny you mentioned that, I was debating putting Iyla on my list of possibilities. I never thought of it as a form of Isla, I thought of it as a variant transliteration of Ayla... but now I'm worried people will read Iyla and just think I can't spell Isla?

#10 Just Another Cat

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:16 PM

I think both are really popular names.


They are both nice names.

#11 AnotherFeral

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:18 PM

I know a 6yo Ava, a 5yo Ava and a baby Isla. Also met an Isla once who would be around 7 now. So about equal IME, but Ava seems to have peaked. There seem to be more Isobels, Beatrices, Olivias, etc. born recently in my area.

#12 Tarantara

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:19 PM

Possibly! I have tried to become very laissez-faire and zen about names and spelling, and try not to question things, assuming that the parents have a perfectly good reason for choosing the spelling and pronunciation they are using.

Pre-zen attitude, I might possibly have entertained that thought though.

Its the pronunciation thing maybe? To me, they are pronounced the same so I see them as two legit variations.



#13 pinkyjim

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:20 PM

Very popular... really!

I personally know 2 of each (all 6 & under) and frequently hear AVAAAAA....  ISLAAAAA bellowed a playground/parks/cafes etc...

cute names though!

#14 Gudrun

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:28 PM

I regard both as currently very popular.   I prefer Isla but I can't give you any rational reason.  I just don't like Ava I suppose.

#15 Born Slippy

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:40 PM

I know one Ava and am yet to meet an Isla.

I am not particularly keen on either, but prefer Isla.


Slightly off topic, but I always associate Eva with Eva Braun and that pronounciation.

#16 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:40 PM

2 Ava's and 1 Isla just in one FYOS class at our school.

#17 erindiv

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:20 AM

I know three girls named Ava and two named Isla.

I'd say they're both very trendy at the moment.

#18 Missmarymack

Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:01 AM

I know one Isla but no Ava's. I think they are both very pretty names

#19 QueenIanthe

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:56 AM

I think Isla is less popular but I think that is only because Ava has been around longer. Both are popular and I think will 'date' kids.

#20 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:01 AM

I like them both, and only know one of each.

#21 emjrose

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:05 AM

Both are very popular but as others have mentioned, I think Ava has already peaked in its popularity. I know a 4 year old Ava and 3 Isla's under the age of 3.

#22 Bel Rowley

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:11 AM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 06/12/2012, 11:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Funny you mentioned that, I was debating putting Iyla on my list of possibilities. I never thought of it as a form of Isla, I thought of it as a variant transliteration of Ayla... but now I'm worried people will read Iyla and just think I can't spell Isla?

To be honest I probably would, yes.

I think both are very popular, with Isla probably still on an upward trajectory and Ava on its way down. In what remains of my mothers group from 4 years ago there are now 9 girls and 1 boy, and we have an Isla and an Ava in the mix. I also know an Isla who I think is now 6, when she was born I remember we were all really surprised by the name as it wasn't really being used them.

#23 Lucygoosey1

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:16 AM

I have an Isla born in 2011.  I really didn't know of any Isla's at that time (had heard it on EB & Isla fisher),  but since then I've come across quite a few.  Funny,  I didn't name her Isabella due to popularity but in fact I think it is less popular than Isla.
I actually like it as more people can now pronounce it.  We have no others at our daycare.
I also think Ava is a pretty name.  In Australia,  if you spell it Eva you will get e-va not a-va.  I like them both.

#24 Plaxy

Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:23 PM

In NSW 2011 Ava was 9 and Isla 22 in top 100 names. There were more than double the number of Ava (488) compared to Isla (228). And PP there were more Isabellas (548). Both Ava and Isla are among the names that have increased every year for the past few years.

Personally, I like Isla very much, but dislike Ava. Ava sounds very harsh to me.

#25 WithChild

Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

Thanks for all the replies. Which name do you think is trendier, which will sound good through all stages of life? I want a name that sounds strong, yet feminine. Does Isla sound old-fashioned or not?




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