We are expecting a girl in December. We thought we had the perfect name picked out for our little darling: Easton Brennan LastName. We loved that Easton is not expected for a girl and Brennan is my best friend’s last name. Our son Nash Anderson‘s middle name is my husband’s last name.
Then Kim and Kanye have to go and get pregnant! It’s rumored their boy will be named Easton and I just can’t get over it! Our kids will be born at similar times and I don’t want announce that my new baby has the same name as this celebrity babe.
The problem is we can’t agree on other names! I like Vivi, but it’s so common.
Help! I want something as fun and unique as Nash!
The Name Sage replies:
We all know you’re not a namenapper.
You’d never steal somebody else’s baby name, whether it’s a friend, a family member, or even (maybe especially) a celebrity who happened to pick a really amazing name.
Unless you were answering Nameberry’s question of the week, and it were all theoretical, and you knew you weren’t going to baby name jail for it. Or going to have to face the anger of the erson whose name you stole or the disapproval of everyone you know along with lots of virtual friends on the Nameberry message boards.
Ideally, choosing your baby’s name is a fun, inspired endeavor, but too often baby name problems get in the way. Here are the problems we hear most often, and how to fix them:
Your family interferes with your name choice
Your mom wants you to name the baby after her. His dad wants you to name the baby after his mom. And everybody hates the name you’ve chosen….and isn’t shy about telling you so. Name discussions with family can be an illuminating way to pass your pregnancy, but the minute family members start to act like they have equal voting rights, it’s time to cut off the talks. Bowing to family name pressure is the Number 1 reason for name regret.
Your friend ruins the name you love
Today’s QOW was inspired by a comment from jgirl525.
This week it’s a two-parter:
a. What’s your response when you meet someone who shares your own first name? Do you feel an instant kinship or do you feel more proprietary? If it’s a popular name, do you immediately start comparing nicknames and wondering why your parents chose a name like, say, Jennifer, of which there are now (literally) 1,424,755 in the world?
If it’s an unusual name, do you feel just a little bit resentful that it’s not yours alone?
Today’s Question of the Week concerns family names:
Would you use a name that’s the same as, or very similar to, one used by another family member?
Would it depend on the closeness of your relationship—is it different for a sister’s child than it is to a second cousin’s?