(Closed) can names be ‘taken’?

posted 10 years ago in Babies
Post # 47
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think there is an unsaid rule that you cant take names, but seriously, does it really matter?  I dont think it matters.  If my sister named her kid the same as mine I really wouldnt care. 

Post # 48
9051 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think you can “call” a name until a baby is born.  MAYBE you can put a boy and a girl name on hold during your pregnancy.  But beyond that, I think it’s fair game.

My parents fought between Ashley and Allison (or Matthew if I was a boy) right up until after I was born, and then named me a compromise name.  I would have been pissed if I was my mom’s sister and had held off on either of those names because they were “dibbed”.

Post # 49
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t take the name my sister wants to call her unborn children, but other than that, I think names are pretty much first come first serve.

Post # 50
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I don’t think people can really lay claim to a name until they are actually trying to convceive or having/adopting a child. Until that happens, it’s all hypothetical, so if you are in love with a name but children are a long way out, I think it’s safer to keep your chosen name under wraps if you are worried someone else will use it before you have a chance to.

Post # 51
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I’m with those that think that a name is only “called” if it’s a sib/close friend with a child in the works (ie; TTC at least). Luckily, my three sisters and I do not have similar taste in names AT ALL.

Post # 52
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would honestly not be too worried about it, regardless of who chose the name. My mother’s name is Jenny and she has a cousin with the same name, around the same age. They grew up playing together and were known as Jenny1 and Jenny2 – almost 50 and they still refer to each other like that. We also have big aunty freda (a great aunt) and little aunty freda (an aunt) so I guess we’ve grown up in a family where it’s not been seen as a big deal. SO and I have the names that we like and we’ll be sticking with them regardless of whether our friends get there first 🙂

Post # 53
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think the only names that would be inappropriate to duplicate would be the names used by siblings (imo). Cousins, friends, co-workers etc etc etc can stuff it if they have a problem.

The only exception would be super super close friends that I regard as family.

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