Agreed it would be weird for two friends to both have kids with the same name. Don't do it. I see people are saying to just use it anyway, but I've never heard of anybody calling their child the name that their friends child already has, it's no different just because it's the father's friend. Imagine if they have play dates, they won't know which is being called haha. I like Brandon or Brooke as alternatives. Some baby name sites can give you suggestions for names based on names you already like.
Agreed it would be weird for two friends to both have kids with the same name.
Would it? I don't think I still see anyone who is the child of a friend of my parents around the time that I was born often enough to care that we have the same name! Life's a long time, friends come and go, and children of friends don't often have a lot to do with each other beyond the age of playdates - they're not likely to even be at the same school surely?
But I'm prepared to be wrong, and certainly if the OP isn't comfortable with it then it's a done deal. I like a lot of the alternatives suggested, particularly Bentley and Brandon.
That's true epoxyresin many people do lose contact over time. I think that many don't though. I would call my child the same name as an acquaintance but not a real friend. I have a couple of friends who I'll likely know forever, even though we don't see each other as much as when we were younger we still talk very often and I would just find it strange if we had kids with the same names even if they were different ages and would never have a playdate. I have a child with a very similar name to one of my friends kids though.
I might see it differently because of my own name though. My DH has the same opinion as you, but he has a more common name. My name is more rare in this part of the world, as are all my siblings, so when I hear of someone with the same name it's always a thing for me whereas my DH doesn't bat an eyelid when he hears somebody with his name. I might just find it strange because of that, because I do know lots of people do see it the way you see it.