Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Baby Name Stealing
Something similar happened to me about a year ago. We had the name Evangeline planned for a LONG time and kept it TOP SECRET because we didn't want anyone to use it, and no one did. Then I had her and was so proud of the name! Shortly after, not even a month later, a pregnant "acquaintance" on Facebook who I was friends with announces that they came up with the perfect name for their baby girl: Evangeline! Now of course I knew they did not come up with this name on their own. It's much too rare a name, plus the baby wasn't even born yet. It was partially my fault for plastering Evangeline's name all over facebook. But what I was most mad about, was that the acquaintance pretended she had come up with it all on her own. Not that it was "inspired" only a few weeks after my daughter's birth.
I could see if someone used one of my boy names, they are so common. Evangeline is rare. Rare in a good way that most people don't feel comfortable using it if they know us, but also rare enough that if they do I know where it came from.
Am I crazy for getting mad? Has anyone "stolen" a name from someone they know or had someone "steal" their name? Is there such a thing as "stealing" a baby name? How close do you have to be to someone to not use the same name (cousins, siblings, etc)? Do you keep baby names secret? I want to hear stories and opinions, even from anonymous :)