A little bit too "marine-ish"?

DH and me had been obsessed with the name [name_f]Isla[/name_f] and [name_f]Kianna[/name_f]. Her middle name will be [name_u]Meredith[/name_u], and last name has only one syllable. We need to decide between the two pretty soon, but we love both of the names. We like how uncommon, simple, and sweet [name_f]Isla[/name_f] (which we pronounce it i-la, not is-la) is, and will call her [name_u]Izzy[/name_u] as a nn. We also feel like [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] is really cute, uncommon, and will fit both a 2 y/o and an old lady. And that’s what we concern about [name_f]Isla[/name_f]. We sometime feel like it sounds a little bit too childish, and too modern, that it kind of won’t fit on an old lady or like a lawyer. We love the nn [name_u]Izzy[/name_u] though.
So, what do you guys think about these names, and why ( if you have a reason) ?

If you sees this, please leave a thought, even just type in the name you like and post it. Our baby is due pretty soon, and we have no idea which one should we go with!

I’m team [name_f]Isla[/name_f]! [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] is super elegant, and I love the idea of [name_u]Izzy[/name_u] as a nn, even though you don’t hear the “S” in [name_f]Isla[/name_f].

I’m actually the opposite, because of [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_m]Fisher[/name_m], I can see [name_f]Isla[/name_f] aging ridiculously gracefully, but I’ve not known a [name_m]Kian/name_ma over the age of about 16, so I can’t see it on anyone past their mid-thirties, say.

I love [name_f]Kaia[/name_f], which seems similar to [name_f]Kianna[/name_f], but between [name_f]Isla[/name_f] and [name_f]Kianna[/name_f], [name_f]Isla[/name_f] is my preferred choice. :stuck_out_tongue:

Good luck!

[name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] is the sweetest. [name_u]Love[/name_u]!

Oh, and another reason we have [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] on our list is that we kind of like three syllable names, because it’s longer and have more chances to have a nn. Like we feel like [name_f]Isla[/name_f] is a bit too short, just i-la and that’s it. But for [name_f]Kianna[/name_f], its ki-ah-nah…
I’m not sure how to describe it, just that we prefer ro have a longer name and can call her by nn if we want to, instead of just stuck with a two syllable name. But, the problem is, we love love [name_f]Isla[/name_f]'s sound and it’s meaning, so it’s just extra hard for us.

In my opinion [name_f]Isla[/name_f] is much classier and ages better. The concerns you have about [name_f]Isla[/name_f] I have for [name_f]Kianna[/name_f]. Funny how different people perceive different names so differently.
[name_u]Izzy[/name_u] is a cute nickname. I love nicknames. All 3 of my kids have 2 syllable names and they have plenty of nicknames. I wouldn’t worry about her not having enough options.
Good luck.

I agree with llbaby22 and feel opposite to you. [name_f]Isla[/name_f] Has more history and I feel it ages better. [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] feels made up and I don’t think it would age well. It’s very cutesy princess-y. And that’s really nice if that’s what you’re going for.

As for [name_f]Isla[/name_f] having a nickname, seems you’ve already fallen in love with [name_u]Izzy[/name_u] but I could see [name_f]Lala[/name_f] working. And with middle name [name_u]Meredith[/name_u], and the M, how about [name_f]Immy[/name_f], [name_f]Merry[/name_f]. I’m sure the perfect NN will come to you.

I think [name_f]Isla[/name_f] definitely will grow with her. [name_u]Izzy[/name_u] works well as a nickname. Lot of names are short, so I wouldn’t be too concerned. It is a beautiful name and it sounds like you love it, so go for it! Congratulations on your daughter.

Both [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] and [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] are beautiful. I can certainly see why choosing is difficult. I pronounce [name_f]Isla[/name_f] I-la.

I can easily see [name_f]Isla[/name_f] aging well (like [name_f]Iris[/name_f] and [name_f]Ines[/name_f]). I think [name_f]Isla[/name_f] is getting quite popular and that [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] is/will be used less. It is more difficult for me to envision an older [name_f]Kianna[/name_f], but [name_f]Anna[/name_f]/[name_f]Ana[/name_f] ages well. I wouldn’t be concerned by this, though, as [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] will be surrounded by lots of Kais, Kileys, [name_f]Anna[/name_f], etc. It’s wild to think that one day these names will be the [name_f]Beverly[/name_f]'s, Paulettes, Ruths, and Barbaras of today.

I like the flow of [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] better, perhaps because the syllable count is different

I agree with the other posters who have the opposite concerns as you: I think [name_f]Isla[/name_f] will age much better than [name_f]Kianna[/name_f]. I can’t imagine [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] on a professional or an older person at all - it feels too trendy and cutesy. [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] is much more graceful and refined.

I don’t know that I’d consider [name_f]Isla[/name_f] an uncommon name - I see it mentioned a lot in the forums, and it’s predicted to be a top 50 name within the next 10 years. I don’t consider it necessarily trendy for that reason, but it’s definitely becoming more popular with parents right now.

I think both of these names have their own merits, so I’m not going to advise you either way, just point out the pros and cons of each. I think [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] flows better than [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] and suits the middle better stylistically, but both absolutely work and there are no glaring issues. I think [name_f]Isla[/name_f] is also a bit more timeless. Both have a gorgeous sound, and [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] has a more flowing, lengthy appeal.

What jrave656 said: I think [name_f]Isla[/name_f] will age better but if being uncommon’s a selling point… Well I think it’s top 10 here in nz, and popular in uk also? I know 2 families with daughters [name_f]Isla[/name_f] and [name_f]Emily[/name_f], and another friend named [name_f]Emily[/name_f] also has an [name_f]Isla[/name_f]… Oh and there’s an [name_f]Isla[/name_f] born in my antenatal group too.

I prefer [name_f]Isla[/name_f] and I’d use [name_f]Immy[/name_f] over [name_u]Izzy[/name_u] as a nn with the middle name [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] - it’s prettier and I feel like you might as well use [name_f]Isabel[/name_f] (which would also give you your longer 3 syllable name) if you’re set on [name_u]Izzy[/name_u].

I don’t love [name_f]Kianna[/name_f], I prefer [name_f]Keira[/name_f], [name_f]Anna[/name_f], [name_f]Serena[/name_f], [name_f]Rosanna[/name_f] or [name_f]Chloe[/name_f].

[name_f]Serena[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u], [name_f]Rosanna[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] or [name_f]Isabel[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] are all very pretty and give some lengthiness to the name too.

Good luck!

[name_u]LOVE[/name_u] [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u]!

I think [name_f]Isla[/name_f] is perfect for you. It’s actually a vintage name so it’s already proven that it can fit well on any age. [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] sounds lovely to me!

I think both are lovely names. I will echo pp’s that [name_f]Isla[/name_f] seems to flow with [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] better as similar styles and different syllable counts. Also, as others have mentioned, I wouldn’t really call [name_f]Isla[/name_f] uncommon. It used to be, but since it joined the top 1000 in 2008, it has jumped all the way up to 104th in 2017. In 10 years it went from below 1,000th to nearly the top 100. That is an incredibly fast rise. Although it seems to be slowing down a bit, I would not be surprised to see it in the top 50 or even higher soon.

[name_f]Kianna[/name_f], however, is most definitely a rare name, it’s more popular spelling, [name_f]Kiana[/name_f], just barely making it into the top 1,000. If popularity is important to you, that is something to consider. Ironically though, to me it feels like a trendy name. It is the Hawaiian form of [name_f]Diana[/name_f] (Nameberry really should update the description. It is not a made up name.), so that might be why I feel is doesn’t really mesh stylistically with [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] which is an old Welsh name. [name_m]Wales[/name_m] and [name_m]Hawaii[/name_m] are two very different cultures, and to me, that is communicated in their names.

Good luck with choosing! If you want personal opinion, I love [name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] far more than [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u].

[name_f]Isla[/name_f] [name_u]Meredith[/name_u] is such a pretty name, I think it would age beautifully. [name_m]Just[/name_m] because it has a soft sound I don’t think it means it sounds childish. I kind of agree with @ashthedreamer about [name_f]Kianna[/name_f], I don’t know that I’ve encountered or heard of any adult [name_f]Kianna[/name_f]'s, so it has a more youthful vibe. That said, I still think either of these names would do just fine on any age. My preference is [name_f]Isla[/name_f], I think it’s fresh and elegant.

I prefer [name_f]Isla[/name_f] but am personally not a fan of -anna/-ana names. That said, I did go to school with a [name_f]Keyana[/name_f] pronounced the same as [name_f]Kianna[/name_f]. She is in fact a professional adult now. This notion that “made up” names won’t age well and/or don’t sound professional is so classist.

I prefer [name_f]Isla[/name_f], it is short and sweet and more suitable for a grown up than [name_f]Kianna[/name_f] :slight_smile: