It's not like it's a really unusual name - I mean a good friend of mine called her son Joseph and I called DS1 (born afterwards) Joseph - I didn't even feel the need to ask her if she minded, but if it had been something more obsure I might've felt I needed to, if that makes sense?
If I were you, I'd go for it - as pilates says - she might not have a boy and you should'nt have to lose out on a name you really love. Besides 'no-one owns a name'...
Thank you. It's just I mentioned it when she asked about names and she said but I've always liked it and I said so have I.
Explained as we are not in each others houses with the (older) children and they are going to separate schools I think it's a non issue. She keeps mentioning it by asking you thought of any other names? May start coming out with done horrific ones just to shut her up!
Some names I like that remind me of Sam/Samuel are Max, Jack, Ben, Will, Dex (short for Dexter or Declan)...I also like older Hebrew names like Noah, Jonah, Asa, Levi, etc. (Disclaimer: Not sure those all fall under "older Hebrew names". It's late here. I should go to bed. )
If you really like it, I say go for it. How good a friend is this person? And what if she has a girl? You should both find out what you're having.