I'm due to give birth within the next two months and have found a name that I love. I'm finding it really difficult to even consider any other name as I love it so much. Unfortunately, it's a rather unusual name (which has a bit of meaning to us religiously...think Haggai (this is not the name)) and has been used about two years ago by someone I am FB friends with. This girl is not a close friend, but she is the sister of one of my best friends who will be visiting me shortly after the birth. We all live in different countries and it's highly unlikely that the children would meet often, but we do have overlapping social groups when we are in the same country. And there's a possibility that we might all live in the same country one day. Do you think it would be ok to use it? I don't know anyone else with this name although I have heard it as a surname occasionally.
I would be tempted to drop your best friend a note to say that you are intending (not thinking about) using the name, and that, whilst you don't see her sister very much, you hope she will take it as a compliment, etc.
In the same situation, I wouldn't be offended. Some people can be funny about it, but it's really their problem.
They don't own the name. I think you're worryingly unnecessarily. Mention to your friend how much you like the name and that you intend to use it and hope sister won't mind, but to be honest if she does mind then so what. If it was a very close friends child who you saw regularly then I'd say definitely run it past them first, but I really wouldn't worry too much in this situation.
I think just use it. You can't put off using a name just because other people use it. I have a friend who was complaining that her friend's sister used a similar (not even the same!) name and it made me realise that you can't please everyone, there will always be someone that will raise their eyebrows at something you do so just live your life and go for it!
I agree. A name doesn't belong to anyone. If you love it and feel strongly it's the one, then use it.
You could message your friend and tell her how you feel about the name and That you just wanted to give her a heads up (and tell her not to tell other people), but I wouldn't give her the option to say you 'can't use it' as this is your choice.
If you didn't have FB I bet you wouldn't even know that childs name would you? Have you ever met said child or its parents or in fact your BFF in the last 6 months? A year?
Waaaaay too far removed to be an issue. Use the name. DON'T speak to your friend to give her chance to moan. If and when friend mentions it just brush it away work an "oh really? I forgot, lovely name isn't it?".
One of my actual friends has the name i wanted for my dd but i didnt want to reveal until she was born... I put a status on fb saying that we had a name but know someone with this name... If they have any objections voice it now..... Afew friends commented saying they hoped it wasnt the same as there childs but this girl didnt comment so we used it.
I'd love to know the name, searching for a name for dc3!
That's fine. Just send her a quick fb message saying that as she will probably know, no matter what name you choose, you will know somebody with a child with hat name and it is her.... Not overly apologetic or anything, just, don't be too surprised if we announce the baby's name as ........... Let her think it's narrowed down to a few.