Post # 1
So my husband and I have a really hard time agreeing on boy names. Girl names are easy for us! So of course we are having our second boy haha. My top pick (which he suprisingly liked) was Jack, but we have a close friend with a son named Jaxson. Even though no one ever calls him Jack it just felt too similar with all of the names out there.
So now we have settled on the name Beau and I am so in love with it! But today, a co-worker’s daughter brought in her 6 week old son. I had honestly forgotten that they named him Beau and now I’m feeling really guilty about ‘name stealing’. I’m not close with the daughter at all (she’s my age) but we do business with the company she works at (me directly with her) on a semi-regular basis. Is it awful if I use the same name? Or are we not close enough that it matters? When she was pregnant she was considering naming this baby the same name as my first son so we obviously have similar taste. Thoughts?
Post # 2
I’ll preface this by saying I’m not a mom and I’ve never had to deal with a similar situation but I don’t think it would be weird to name your son Beau at all. If you and your husband both love it, that’s what matters 🙂
Post # 3
Girl go for it!!! Who cares?! Not too close of a relation at all for her to be offended. And tbh, no one has a claim over a name. It’s not even a super uncommon name so not weird at all if you name your son the same name.
Post # 4
If you like the name, use it.
Do you know how many men and boys there are named John, Micheal, Jeremy, Alex, Sean, Ben, and Robert? There are lots of names, but, at the same time, there are only so many names. There’s no good reason knowing someone else with a son named Beau should keep you from using the name even if doing so feels strange.
That’s your son. If his name is Beau, name him Beau.
Post # 5
You are way overthinking. Name your kid what you want.
Post # 6
With trendy names there’s bound to be more than one Beau you’ll run into. If you love the name that’s what matters.
FWIW, I’m pregnant and due in January and all the names we’ve considered are pretty trendy. We don’t care.
Post # 7
mrssss : “Or are we not close enough that it matters?” — This.
Post # 8
You’re over thinking it by like a million. Name your kid whatever you want and don’t fret over the name of your coworker’s daughter’s baby that you just met.
Post # 9
Girl, you are definitely overthinking it. I even think that Jack would be okay despite your friend’s Jaxson. I have a girl friend who is unmarried and does not have any kids on the way, but has had girl names picked out since highschool. My first daughter has a different name, but same nickname as one of the names she has picked out and now I’m pregnant again and her other baby name is on our short list. I feel kind of bad about that, but naming babies is hard and my husband and I have a hell of a time agreeing. No one gets to “claim” names and they shouldn’t feel weird about picking a similar or even same name as a friend.
Post # 10
You’re worried about “name stealing” from someone who literally isn’t even a friend?? Just a work-related acquaintence?
Yes, you are overthinking it. BIG time.
Pick a name you like and go with it. The only people you should be worried about not naming your kid the same name as are close family members lol and that’s simply because of the confusion.
Post # 11
Did they copyright or trademark the name?
Then it can’t be stolen.
Name stealing isn’t actually a thing.
Post # 12
If name stealing was a thing then probably 90% of us would t have the names we have lol. I think that if you love the name then you should use it!
Post # 13
According to the baby name wizard, brother names for Beau are:
Likewise, brother names for Jack are:
I wouldn’t worry about name stealing. I love the Beau, it’s super cute! I also really like Wyatt, Henry, Liam
Post # 14
I felt similar as you about naming our daughter. We went for a fairly unusual name which I knew one girl at the gym had used. I’m not even that close to her and it was actually my Darling Husband who suggested the name and he doesn’t even know her. But I couldn’t help feeling weird posting the announcement on fbook knowing she would see it and might think I copied her. She did comment on it and made a joke that babies with that name must be big girls as both of ours were over 9 pounds! I realised then how silly I had been worrying about it and I’m so glad I didn’t choose a different name because of that.
Post # 15
Thanks everyone! I think we’re going to stick with Beau for this little guy!