What name would you steal, if you could?
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.
So, if you had complete immunity, whose name would you nap — either for a child or to rename yourself — and why?
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on April 29th, 2014 at 10:59 pm
My niece, Caroline. It was never a name I thought of until my sister used it for her daughter, but I love it! It’s so classic, but fresh at the same time. I would steal Caroline for my daughter, not myself. I don’t know if another name would ever feel like my own.
I think that’s the only name that I would steal….at least that I can think of right now.
on April 29th, 2014 at 11:15 pm
My sister in law had a grandma named Afton and she wanted to use it if she had a girl, and (to her [sad] disappointment) she had all boys. She would never talk to me again if I named a daughter Afton. BUT I did love it before I even knew her so….
on April 29th, 2014 at 11:19 pm
I’ve always coveted the name Land Fothergill, a character from William Boyd’s Any Human Heart*. It just seemed so strange, and yet curiously wearable. The first name is beautiful in a sort of stark simplicity, and then the surname is almost ridiculously posh.
Other names I’ve wanted for myself: Olivia de Havilland, Tatiana Romanova, Felicity Merriman.
For my children, name-napped from celebrities:
*which is filled with great names actually – Freya, Lionel, Stella, Cyprian, Monday
on April 30th, 2014 at 12:28 am
I’d steal my little sister Olive’s name. To me, it is perfect. Sweet yet strong, feminine yet unfussy, vintage yet current, simple yet beautiful.
on April 30th, 2014 at 12:36 am
a “friend” of mine stole the name I was planning on using it for a future daughter. I told her a month before she had her baby, and surprise! – her baby ended up with the name. I’m still bitter about it, and I would steal it back if hubby decided he didn’t want to use it anymore.
on April 30th, 2014 at 12:37 am
I’d steal my best friend’s daughter’s name Luna. I love the name and always have because of how lovely it sounds
on April 30th, 2014 at 12:43 am
While it’s too popular here (Australia) anyway, I’d probably steal Charlotte from a friend of mine, she shot-gunned it as soon as she started dating her now-fiance. She’s not even twenty yet and she blatantly told me one day that I couldn’t use Chase, Charlotte or Sophie because they are ‘hers.’ I must say I was a tad shocked by the way she said it too. I can’t think of any particularly celebrity names that I would steal, I don’t mind Haven; but it’s too trendy for me to use. Maybe if I were younger, I would consider Witherspoon’s Tennessee, I was a big fan of Tennessee Williams in high school.
on April 30th, 2014 at 12:44 am
Well, the article did say you can name nap from a celebrity. I would copy Seraphina from the Afflecks. I also have a family member that likes the name Jasmine should they have another girl and I love the name, but I just couldn’t do that to them.
on April 30th, 2014 at 2:24 am
I would possibly steal my friends baby name, Meredith. She goes exclusively by Merry which I think is cute but very cool, pretty close to perfect. As soon as I heard it I was a bit gutted for not thinking of it myself.
I also love the name Noa for a girl, even just as a middle name, but know a few boy Noah’s and it seems a bit rude to steal it for a girl. I know I’d hate it if people started using my sons name for girls.
on April 30th, 2014 at 2:36 am
To be honest, “name napping” from celebrities doesn’t bother me. In some cases, I liked names before they picked them and it will rarely stop me from using them if I really like them. The biggest examples include Dashiell, Violet, North (though for a boy), Penelope and Suri. It isn’t like they have a claim on them that can’t ever be revoked – they’re just people.
The only time “name-napping” would ever be an issue for me is if a family member or friend picked a name I liked.
on April 30th, 2014 at 3:58 am
I’d steal actual celebrity names: Evangeline Lilly. Would use as first and middle. It’s just such a good combo ans with Eva as the nickname it still works
Or… Eva Cassidy. Great musician died before her time in the 90s. Just a seriously cool name. Is it stealing if they have passed on?
on April 30th, 2014 at 4:02 am
I love aoife, so I would steal that from my boyfriends cousin. Her daughter is 9 and I’ve been with my boyfriend for 7 years so I can’t even play the card “I liked it before she was born” So I’ll just admire it from a far.
on April 30th, 2014 at 6:46 am
There is a family here who have a daughter named Phoenix. She’s really cute, white blonde hair, big blue eyes, quiet and shy. I love the name on her.
Celebrity name would have to be Jason Batemans daughters Francesca Nora and Maple Sylvie!!
on April 30th, 2014 at 7:10 am
Maybe Peregrine Llyr or Peter Cormac for boy and maybe Cecily Lenore or Lotus Elodie for girl.
on April 30th, 2014 at 7:40 am
My cousin has a little girl named Lilyana. Before he had her, I had wanted to name a little girl that (but spelled Lilliana). I was sorely disappointed for some time that he got to use it first (and that he spelled it that way!). A friend recently named her baby Lily… I guess I like that name! Oh well, too popular!
on April 30th, 2014 at 7:50 am
No one I know personally has my taste in names so their choices are too common/safe/dull to steal.
Cree Summer has daughters named Brave and Hero. I would steal their names since Mom is a celeb and would have no idea I took them
on April 30th, 2014 at 8:05 am
Harlow and Shiloh from Nicole Richie and Angelina Jolie hahaha.
on April 30th, 2014 at 8:18 am
Namenapping from actual people: I would steal Daisy
From celebrities: Knox from the Jolie-Pitts and Everly from the Tatums
on April 30th, 2014 at 8:24 am
I would absolutely steal Sunday Rose from Nicole Kidman’s daughter.
on April 30th, 2014 at 8:49 am
I’ve always admired Coco Frances, which was used by the creators of the YouTube series Convos with My 2 Year Old.
on April 30th, 2014 at 8:56 am
I would steal my little brother’s name, Seth. It is perfect.
on April 30th, 2014 at 8:59 am
My best friend wants to name her son Alexander Clarke, and I love it.
My other friend’s son is Caspian and I just love that name 🙂
Honestly, though, the only names I’d really love to “steal” would be Evie (from V for Vendetta) and Luna (from Harry Potter), but I’ll probably never use them.
on April 30th, 2014 at 9:10 am
I have never been one to steal, but people love to steal from me:
When I was little I was obsessed with the name Emma, not surprisingly, my aunt named her daughter Emma. I wanted to kill her. I was so angry, because I was determined that I was going to have an Emma, now I’m way over that name.
Another family member who chose a name I wanted was my ex-sister-in-law. She chose the name Poppy Claire for her daughter and I’ve always wanted to use the name Claire as a middle name, especially Mary Claire for my future daughter, and now I can’t… which annoys the heck out of me.
A name I would personally like to steal is definitely Michelle Geller & Freddie Prinze Jr.’s daughter’s name: Charlotte Grace
on April 30th, 2014 at 9:16 am
My sister used the middle name Luke for her son. Now that my husband and I are trying to concieve, I wish that she hadn’t because I’d love to use it for a first name! So if I could ‘steal’ a name for a future offspring, that would be it.
on April 30th, 2014 at 9:45 am
Hmm, there are a few of these, I suppose. I would never actually change my name (I actually LOVE being an Ashley, go figure!), but I have several friends my age with names I really envy. . .for both myself and any future offspring.
The majority of my friends are in their early 20s and a couple of them have names that surprised me in the most beautiful way. They all belong to such fitting, lovely sibsets, too. I know a Juliet Adele, which I would love to steal for myself or my future daughter. She has a sister named Elena, which is perfect. I also have a pal named Sophie Eloise, which I have stolen in the sense that I added Sophie Heloise to my list. Her sisters are called Vivienne and Lilly.
My editor-in-chief is called Corrie Grace and while I would never use Corrie as a full name for a girl, Coraline Grace would be a dream.
As far as baby names I would steal, there aren’t a ton. My best friend from high school recently named her son Elijah and, at the time, it was pretty high on my list so that was a tad disappointing. I just moved it to a middle slot though. I also have Jillian pretty high up on my girls list, which I did steal from a lady I go to church with. Her daughter Jillian was born about nine years ago and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Another name that has been on my list since middle school is Eloise, which I “stole” from another middle schooler who liked it at the time.
So, maybe I am a name napper. Oops.
on April 30th, 2014 at 9:53 am
My best friend has great taste in names. My picks change so often and range so widely that even I cant keep up! She named her daughter Lyla and before her I had not considered the name. Now that she is 7 and I have come across the name in other age groups as well, I think that it is perfect. So while Im not sure that I would steal it I do commend her on a great choice.
The same friend really wanted to name Lyla Evangeline but the daddy wasnt having it. She expressed her love of the name to everyone and a coworker of hers stole it! She was furious! The coworker already had a daughter named Marley and then used Evangeline. They are not even a good sibset! Marley and Evangelin, blah! Now Lyla and Evangeline would have been cute!
on April 30th, 2014 at 9:58 am
Hands down, I’ve always been in love with Angelina Jolie’s name… but not because of her! I’d never in a million years use the names together or for siblings – goodness, my husband won’t even let me mention either one because of the celeb association, let alone use them!! My personal Angelina crush was inspired via a favorite book heroine who greatly admired Angelina Grimke (a 19th-century advocate of abolitionism and women’s rights). Likewise, I first realized that Jolie was usable after I personally knew a little “Joelie” (pronounced the same) while I worked as a Preschool teacher a few years ago… I guess there are more “baby name thieves” in the world then we think, huh? lol
I’m with momto2 – I’ve really admired Maple Sylvie since I heard the name too! It’s super in so many ways!
on April 30th, 2014 at 10:00 am
On a more personal level, within a week o having my son Jordan, a cousin of my husband that I had never met names her newborn baby girl Jordan! I didnt know her and she didnt know me but she knew that we had chosen the name. She said that she always wanted to use the name and I stole it from her!um excuse me, who are you? So now family functions are fullof same named, same aged different sexes children. Annoying
on April 30th, 2014 at 10:02 am
I don’t think I have a similar style to many of my friends but I do have a goddaughter called Sophia and since my middle name is Sophie we did consider for a while using it.
My husband wants to use my cousins name Daisy but I find it too close a relationship as I see her alot.
I know a sibset Amelia Jemima and Cordelia and I love that! Definatly considering cordelia anyway as I know her less than the others.
on April 30th, 2014 at 10:03 am
I don’t know anyone in real life with my taste in names, and I don’t discuss names in person, so they can’t be readily stolen.
on April 30th, 2014 at 10:04 am
Celebrity kids: Eva Madelief and Vivian Lake. I also love Penelope and I’d probably still use it despite it’s high profile since baby Disick was born.
My cousin has an adorable one-year-old named Louie. I’d absolutely steal that (but spell it Louis).
Also, I know it’s not quite the same, but has anyone ever wanted to steal someone’s pet’s name for their own? My best friend has a big black cat and his name is Maverick. I always thought that was awesome.
on April 30th, 2014 at 11:42 am
I’d steal Calder or Hayes from some friends’ kids. But, alas, we are too close for name overlap! Evangeline Lily would be a name I’d steal for myself. Love it.
on April 30th, 2014 at 12:03 pm
I would steal my sister’s middle name, Katherine. Oh, how I would have loved to be Anne Katherine instead of Anne Teresa.
on April 30th, 2014 at 12:04 pm
My best friend chose Liam. I always loved William nn Liam as a strong classic name with an Irish twist. I’d swipe it in a heartbeat. Close 2nd? Celebrity baby name Ezra ala Taylor and Natalie Hanson.
on April 30th, 2014 at 1:25 pm
I actually asked a coworker if he would be terribly offended if my husband and I named our son Quinn, as he has an adorable boy Quinn. I was hoping he’d be flattered, and I think he was.
My mother had two children’s names stolen, and always regretted not just using the names she loved anyway, as they only were in each other’s lives for a short time.
I have a niece named Vivienne, and I love her name, although I don’t need to nap it!
on April 30th, 2014 at 1:41 pm
I’d definitely steal the name Emmett from my older sister’s list of baby names. Neither of us have kids yet, but as she’s older and has a serious boyfriend, she’ll probably have kids first, which means she’ll definitely take the name Emmett for her future son after our late maternal grandfather. We have actually quarreled about it, and I don’t think she’d forgive me if, given the chance, I named my (hypothetical) son Emmett. So annnoying! At least I called dibs on Imogene, the name of the small town my mom grew up in.
on April 30th, 2014 at 1:43 pm
I would namenap Britton and Munroe so my name was Britton Munroe Chappell
on April 30th, 2014 at 2:21 pm
I really love Em names for girls with the nn Emmy. I have a cousin named Emma who is sometimes called Emmy. While I wouldn’t steal Emma, I would love to use Emilia nn Emmy. I could probably still get away with it (they live in another state), but I think it would be confusing having two girls called Emmy in the family.
on April 30th, 2014 at 3:00 pm
I would love to steal names like Amelia, Joan and Kim.
on April 30th, 2014 at 3:19 pm
My pastor’s daughter just had identical twin girls named Sienna & Reese. So it’s disappointing considering I wanted to use Rhys for a boy but, now it moves to middle name status – _ –
on April 30th, 2014 at 3:22 pm
I would steal Christoper Robin! To me this is the most perfect boy name ever.
on April 30th, 2014 at 3:56 pm
I would steal Auden, Mae, and Rose from my cousins. The two last ones are their middle names but I love Mae as a nickname or a middle name. I would really be considering Auden for a future daughter of mine if it wasn’t my cousin’s name. But, my friend really likes it for a future daughter of hers so I could still have a little Auden somewhere. Rose is just a perfect middle name to me but I don’t want to use it anyways because it’s way too popular. I also love the nickname Ellie but it’s my sister’s nickname. I do like Elsie though.
Two years ago, my aunt had a baby girl in May named Cora Rose (yes, same Rose I would like to steal. Her older sister is Auden Mae). In July, her sister had a baby girl named Eleanor who she nicknamed Nora. My aunt really did not like this because she though Nora and Cora were too close to cousins. There’s a fun baby name-napping story.
on April 30th, 2014 at 4:12 pm
My cousin Thomas just recently had boy/girl twins and he named them Andrew Sage & Aspen Willow. I would most definitely steal both Andrew and Aspen.
on April 30th, 2014 at 4:39 pm
Drew is a name that I love, but I have a cousin and a friend named this… so if I ever named any child of mine Drew, everyone would assume I’d named it after my cousin or friend. I like it for either a boy or girl, specifically a middle name for a girl. But if I could steal that name, I totally would.
Also, one of my best friends is one of the most stubborn people I know, and is dead-set on naming her firstborn daughter Arden. I LOVE that name for a girl. Like, seriously love it. Knowing my friend, she very well could name her baby Arden. If this happens, I can never name my child Arden. At all. Hopefully she’ll forget it… but if I know baby names, I know that falling in love with one isn’t easily forgotten!
on April 30th, 2014 at 6:30 pm
I would steal my older sister, Emily’s, name, except spelled with an i-e (like my mom originally wanted, but the nurse wrote it down wrong) and an a. Spelled like Emalie.
And I would steal my baby cousin’s name, Avery. I’ve loved that name for a long time, and it’s still on my favorite list. Except spelt Averie.
I would use these for my daughters, because I absolutely love my name, and couldn’t think of anything that suits me better. (And I would still use these, though. No matter if someone else had them first.)
on April 30th, 2014 at 6:30 pm
I loooove Theodore Freeman, nn Theo, from the bloggers at Young House Love. I would also name-nap Ava Berlin from Jeremy Renner, if Ava wasn’t so popular.
on April 30th, 2014 at 6:45 pm
I would steal Eliza Rose from my cousin. Since I’ve never met her and probably never will, I would actually use that combo.
on April 30th, 2014 at 7:23 pm
Hi! Well if I had to steal:
From family: I would steal 3 names. The first would be Callie. I always loved the name Calandra nn Callie. It was in a Judy Blume book. Unfortunately my cousin name his daughter Kali. The second name would be Christopher, which ironically is the name of my cousin that named his daughter Kali
From celebs: I would steal Vida…just love it
on April 30th, 2014 at 7:24 pm
Hi! Well if I had to steal:
From family: I would steal 2 names. The first would be Callie. I always loved the name Calandra nn Callie. It was in a Judy Blume book. Unfortunately my cousin name his daughter Kali. The second name would be Christopher, which ironically is the name of my cousin that named his daughter Kali
From celebs: I would steal Vida…just love it
on April 30th, 2014 at 7:37 pm
From friends/acquaintances: Ruby, Wyatt, and Casper
From celebrities: Violet and Olive
To be fair, Olive is a family name I’ve always wanted to use, and I liked all of these names before they were used by various people. Wyatt was actually name-napped from me by a co-worker! No hard feelings though. I made the mistake of suggesting it, and we’re not close anyway. My friends and I have fairly different tastes; my older sister is probably done having children, so I don’t have to worry about that; my younger sister is young enough that she will probably not start having children until I am done; my SO’s sister has the potential to maybe use some family names from his side that I like, but that wouldn’t make me mad.
on April 30th, 2014 at 7:56 pm
I’ll do it like @axps123:
Family/Friends/acquaintances: Ezra, Lilyana, Reece, Ryder
Ezra– My uncle just named his daughter Ezri which breaks my heart because Ezra is my all time favorite boy names.
Lilyana– Two little girls in my preschool class are named this, one spelled this way, one spelled Lilliana
Reece– My boyfriend’s grandfather’s name and my boyfriend’s cousin used this for his first child’s middle name so now my boyfriend doesn’t want to use it.
Ryder– My new baby cousin was named Lawson Ryder, so I can’t use that, but I adore Ryker so I think that one is still a go.
Celebrities– North, Fianna, and Dolly & Charlie (North West, Fianna Masterson, and Dolly & Charlie O’Connell.
I’d love to use North as a middle for a son, but North West has killed that as an option. I think Dolly and Charlie is the CUTEST twin set of names I’ve ever heard, but I could never use them together. and Fianna is still a choice for me, I think, but I’d still be name napping nonetheless. 🙂
on April 30th, 2014 at 8:22 pm
I would steal Winnie Rose from Jimmy Fallon’s daughter. I love the throw-back, vintage feel. It is classic but elegant and cute all in one. Timeless, for sure.
on April 30th, 2014 at 8:43 pm
As a combo name, I’d steal blogger baby name Zelda Marigold. First name only, Garner/Affleck’s Seraphina.
on April 30th, 2014 at 9:15 pm
Alma – spanish for soul. My husband’s 4 year old cousin. it suits her well, I’d never ward of it before, her mother is Lalou, which is such a cute set that I’m envious.
on April 30th, 2014 at 9:17 pm
Sailor. My friends friend named her daughter this like Christie Brinkleys girl. She is removed enough that they would rarely encounter each other, but close enough that they would see each other at social gatherings and it would be weird..so out. McKenna is my second. My husband has a second with this name..so out again. I wish I could steal them right out from under them!
on April 30th, 2014 at 10:26 pm
My cousins daughters name- ilee.
on April 30th, 2014 at 10:45 pm
My cousin chose Brennan for her son and I was immediately taken with it. Brennan to me sounds earthy, friendly, familiar and yet fresh — all the qualities I’d want in a boy’s name. The more I hear the name Seraphina the more I like it but I feel that the connection would be too strong with Ben & Jen’s daughter. Similar problem with Conan.
on April 30th, 2014 at 10:52 pm
My older sister Amara’s name. Always wanted it, like you wouldn’t believe. It’s a beautiful name and it fits me better than it fits her. She should be the Dayna and I should be the Amara.
on May 1st, 2014 at 1:45 am
My cousins name coburn or old best friend Marianna
on May 1st, 2014 at 3:44 am
Don’t know if I’d use it, but I second that Jimmy Fallon’s daughter’s name, Winnie Rose, is pretty adorable for use. I probably wouldn’t steal this name from my friend if she has a girl, but it’s tempting to use her idea of Petra for a second daughter. It would go with my daughter’s name of Tesla for a full Eastern European vibe =oP
on May 1st, 2014 at 4:27 am
I am another who really likes Seraphina.
My brother in law has a son called Otakar, a traditional Czech name. Whilst I wouldn’t use that I do love Otto his nickname. Loving Juliet a cousins daughter.
Marley is another I like which seems to be very popular. I know three. Prob wouldn’t end up using this but I do like it for a boy or girl.
on May 1st, 2014 at 5:22 am
I loved the sound of Olivia Taylor, nn Olive, but my cousin named her kid Taylor Olivia… Other than that, no. I like the choices my family has made, and some of them are amazing names (Mason, Kaleigh, Avery, Madison). Although, my cousin has a boy named Daniel, which me and my bf would use to honor his dad.
on May 1st, 2014 at 7:41 am
I would name nap Elise
Our first daughter was going to be Elise untill my aunt had a daughter 3 months before my daughter was born named her daughter Alyce rose.
Id also steal Isobel
My uncle and his partner named their daughter Isabelle just 10 weeks before my second daughter was born 🙁
on May 1st, 2014 at 9:08 am
I would totally steal Mick Jagger’s daughter name.
Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger. Even though Ayeesha is definitely NOT my style, I think her name is awesome. And Georgia May is lovely.
on May 1st, 2014 at 1:21 pm
My cousin named her son Miles John. I absolutely love both names, and it’s a great combo. I would actually consider using Miles anyway, since my cousin is 13 years older than I am and we are not especially close, either in area or relationship.
on May 1st, 2014 at 4:42 pm
I would definately steal the name Jaxon from my cousins baby!
on May 1st, 2014 at 6:33 pm
Nicole Richie’s daughter Harlow Winter Kate. I don’t normally like using two middles, but this combination is perfection!
on May 2nd, 2014 at 7:56 pm
My coworker names their son Dublin, and they call him Dubz. It is adorable, original, everyone can spell it and pronounce it. It’s awesome.
on May 4th, 2014 at 9:40 am
My cousin’s name is Hazel. My favorite name ever, but I can’t use it. :/
Also there’s another name which I won’t announce since it’s so unique. I LOVE it. I don’t really know the person, never met him, but it’s so unique that I can’t use it. I think his parents made it up. Either way, it’s super cool.
on June 1st, 2014 at 5:59 pm
I have a cousin named Walker, and I would just love to use it on my own son!
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