I've always thought of naming my daughter Isaiah

I once had a dream that I had sister who was named Isaiah, and after that dream the name Isaiah for a girl always sounded so beautiful.  I've talked to many friends about naming my future daughter (if I were to ever have one) Isaiah and they all seem to think that she would eventually grow to hate the name.  I just need re- assurance or maybe opinions on what the name Isaiah sounds like to you on a female. 

Thank you!


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March 11, 2015 7:46 PM

I could see how it is appealing for a girl but, maybe find a similar me like Isabel. I don't think she would hate you but she may hate the name. Just.my opinion! You do what you feel is right.

March 11, 2015 8:30 PM

I like the name Isaiah, and it certainly fits the trend of liquid names ending in -a for girls. But it's a boys name. I'm not generally a fan of boys names on girls, however there are many others who feel differently. With recent celebrity baby girls named James and Wyatt, a girl Isaiah growing up in the next few years may fit right in.

March 11, 2015 11:08 PM

We can't say if a girl/woman would hate being named Isaiah, unfortunately. Many people grow to love their unusual names.

It is used almost exclusively for boys, and is very common right now. 7754 boys to 12 girls. I would personally not want a name where people confidently assume I am the wrong gender. It is very much like naming a girl James or William, for me, not like Taylor or Morgan. I can see why that sound was so appealing to you, though, it's a very liquid, soft sound that is obviously well loved with the rise of Isabelle and Isaiah for boys.

You could also do a hyphenated or double first name. Isaiah-Kate or Isaiah Grace is suddenly all girl. 

I might see if you love Isadora, Ariah, Moriah, Isla, Isobel, Esme, Isolde, Iris, India? 

March 12, 2015 12:23 AM

I don't know whether she would hate it--that sort of thing is a total gamble, regardless of the name. I *do* think there would be plenty of others who would hate it, starting with a fair chunk of the male Isaiahs out there and almost all of their parents. It's up to you whether you think that would bother you.

Another sound-alike option is Azalea. You could also consider looking for a different, more feminine spelling, like Ayzaia (though creative spellings carry their own baggage).

March 12, 2015 10:26 AM

It sounds like a boy's name on a girl. While some people like this, I have to admit that I am not a fan.  She'll spend her life correcting people, getting confused looks, etc.  Especially as a young child (think preschool/elementary age).  People will hear her name and think she's a boy.  As an adult, they'll see her name on resumes, in professional emails, etc. & assume she's a man.  Then there will be those awkward moments when they find out she's not.

If you like Isaiah, go ahead and consider it for a boy one day. It's a lovely name, just find something else to use for a girl.

 I'll add that from your post, it isn't clear how old you are or if you have a partner.  It's nice to dream about hypothetical children, but remember that there will probably be another parent involved.  I would suggest you not get too attached to any name until you are in a position to know if the other parent is even going to be on board with it.

March 12, 2015 12:42 PM

I am not a fan of a boy name on a girl, both because of the confusion it engenders (ha!) and because it seems to imply that boys' names are better than girls' names... i.e., that to be strong, etc., she must be more masculine, and that there might therefore be something wrong with being feminine.

It's hard to say whether she would hate her name or not, since everyone is different. I did once have a student named Murphy who hated her name, and that's actually how she introduced herself to me on the first day of class: "My name is Murphy ---, I was named after my grandfather, and I hate my name." (She apparently thought a girl named Murphy needed an explanation?) But, of course, lots of people have unusual names and don't have such a strong reaction. Isaiah at least has the possible nickname of Izzy, which would let her "hide" the name and would probably be what she goes by.

Personally, I would suggest Isabel, Isadora, Isolde, Isla... there are lots of great girl names out there.

By mk
March 12, 2015 1:58 PM

I personally don't care which gender uses which name (it's really not a new trend anyway) and no matter what name you chose there is always a chance your child will hate it.

That said, I am not a huge fan of the name for a girl, and it's not really my style for a boy either. What do you like about the name? Others have given you lots of Isa- names but if it's the ending you like, there is the name Mariah.

March 12, 2015 4:15 PM

Would you ever consider naming a son "Natalie"? (Doing my best to choose a name with a similar popularity curve to Isaiah.) Why not? This isn't a rhetorical question: list the reasons why you would never consider naming a boy with a name that is considered feminine. Do you have your list? OK: those are exactly the same reasons why you shouldn't name a daughter "Isaiah".

September 13, 2017 7:05 PM

My oldest daughter is 15. Her name is Isaiah Grace. She LOVES her name. She has gotten people who have to let her know they hate her name but she also gets alot of compliments. She has the option of Izzy as a nickname but prefers to go by Isaiah. It is strong and beautiful. It suits her.

September 14, 2017 7:47 AM

As a teacher who has had female students named Jonah, Miller, Sydney and all manner of last names, this doesn't raise my eyebrows much, but a cute, feminine nickname will make it wear better.