Which do you prefer?

Do you like Elsie, Jane, or Isla better? Reasons why?

Note: Elsie is my grandma’s name. 

Also we live in the U.S., in case that makes a difference. 


June 15, 2019 7:15 PM

Elsie.   Elsie is my aunt's name.  A great name and ages well

June 16, 2019 4:22 PM

Elsie is a super cute nickname, but I would definitely give her something more formal on her birth certificate (even if Grandma was just Elsie).  Ellen, Eleanor, Elizabeth, etc...  There are tons of options.  Also keep in mind that there are lots of little Ellies running around out there, if that bothers you.

Jane is sheer perfection.  Sweet, simple, classic, no-nonsense, feminine but not overly girly, uncommon but universally known, a good fit at any age and for a variety of personalities.

Isla is nice, but also trendy in a way that makes it feel kind of boring (to someone who follows name trends!).  It's not a particular stand-out for me.

June 17, 2019 2:29 PM

Yeah I do know quite a few Ellie's! So that is true! 

I'm glad someone else loves Jane! I used to not like it, but I now think it's beautiful!

Do you by chance live in the UK? I know Isla is popular over there. I'm in the U.S., and I've never met an Isla. I asked my sister what she thought of it, and she had thought I had said Iowa. Lol. 

Thank you so much for your advice! It's good to hear people's opinions on the names I am considering! 

June 17, 2019 4:12 PM

I'm in Australia and Isla is in the top 10 and in NZ it's no 2 I think. I think Elsie doesn't need a longer version , it's been a standalone name for at least 100 years like Sadie, Maisie, Milly, Molly etc. Great name for all ages. Similar to Isla but not trendy Ailsa

June 17, 2019 5:21 PM

I'm in the US.  Isla has been on the rise.  It ranked #82 in 2018, with 3393 births.  It's not massively popular but it has been steadily increasing over the past decade.

June 20, 2019 5:21 PM

Of these three Isla is my favorite and then Elsie. I agree that Elsie does not need a longer version - it has a long history as a stand alone name. I love Isla but it didn't make it on to my short list because of the difficulty people in the U.S. seem to have pronouncing it. I'm hoping as it becomes more popular that will change for all the future little Islas!

October 13, 2019 8:59 PM

Either Jane or Ilsa