(Closed) Weird to name your baby the same name as an aquaintance/friend?

posted 6 years ago in Names
  • poll: Is it weird to name your baby the same name as an aquaintance/friend?
    Yes, weird! : (18 votes)
    24 %
    No, not weird. : (56 votes)
    76 %
  • Post # 3
    254 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think it depends on how unique vs common the name is. 

    Post # 4
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Nope!  It’s bound to happen to a lot of people. 

    Post # 5
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I would do it. You can’t not pick a name for your own child based on an acquaintance that you have. The only names for me that I would consider off limits are a siblings first name (middle name I would do) and my sister’s kids unless we were naming after an imporatnt relative and nicknaming each kid something different. I guess also my husband’s siblings kids but they are far off from that stage. My sister is too but having grown up with her we’ve talked about this kind of stuff in passing. 

    Post # 6
    1796 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would use that as a middle name, but not the first. The first name is something I would want my future hubby andI to pick out together with more thought in it other than “oh this is my bff”

    I wish I could name my girl after my bff, but sadly she and my mans ex wife have the same first name….so thats a no go

    Post # 7
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My best friend gave her dog my (very unusual) name. I’ve learned to live with it 🙂

    At worst, it will be reasonably perceived as unrelated. There are so many people in the world, virtually every name you can think of is taken by someone. At best, they might take it as a compliment. There’s no detriment to anyone involved. 

    Post # 8
    1796 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Taeyers:  I would def take it as a compliment! I was always the only Melissa in school, so it be nice to have another one floating around.

    Post # 9
    4803 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I don’t think it’s weird! Especially if it’s a somewhat common name, like @subjunctivitis:  said, it might be a bit odd if it’s a really unqiue name or a weird spelling or something.

    Post # 10
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Only weird if you happen to hate them.

    Post # 11
    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Ha! I JUST posted this under your other name advice thread. I’ll repost it here, since it applies:

    We’re naming our boy the same name as a close family friend *and* it’s an extremely unusual first name (not even remotely common) so it’s pretty obvious that we got it from our friend. We asked our friend how he felt about it, because we just love his name & their family. He said it was okay, so we’re doing it! I worry only a bit, because it’s not easily “nicknameable”, so we’ll have to say things like Adult [name] and Baby [name] to differentiate.

    Post # 13
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would do it. Like others have said there are so many people with each name and it’s not that unusual. I know a baby Elliot and I think it’s great. 

    Post # 14
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It would depend on how close we were for me.

    An aquaitance would be totally fine (I honestly don’t think I’d even have a second thought about it).

    But I don’t think I would use the same name as one of my best friends.  For me, personally, I’d find it a little weird.

    Post # 15
    6661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I don’t think it’s weird, it has to be pretty common. For me, if it was a really close friend I’d at least run it by that person first to make sure they didn’t mind – but if it was just an acquaintence I wouldn’t even bother.

    Post # 16
    1029 posts
    Bumble bee

    My mom named my sister after her best friend in high school. This is pretty common.

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