The man and his wife agreed to name their daughter after his deceased sister and another meaningful name from his wife’s family. However, his friend named their daughter the exact same name. The man refused to change the original name and has caused upset in the friend group.
His Sister Passed Away
The man explained, “I lost my sister almost 9 years ago. She was my only sibling and my best friend. I looked up to her and really loved her. Needless to say we were very close. I was 17 when she passed away.”
The Couple Agreed On The Daughter’s Name
He is now almost 27 years old, married and is soon to have a daughter. He added, “When we found out we were having a girl, I asked my wife what she thought about naming our daughter after my late sister. She was on board. We also picked out a middle name that meant a lot to my wife’s family.”
They Shared The Name With Friends
He was on a video call with a few friends and someone asked what they were naming their daughter. He told them the name and the sentimental meaning behind it.
His Friend Announced His Girlfriend’s Pregnancy
A few days later, one of the friends on the video call announced that his girlfriend was seven months pregnant. This was unexpected but everyone was happy for them.
She Loved The Name
The friend later told his girlfriend about how the announcement went and casually mentioned the man’s planned name for his daughter. The girlfriend said that she loved it so much that she just couldn’t even picture a different name.
They Used The Name
The man’s friend thought that she would change her mind by the time the baby was born but she didn’t. He added, “They copied not only the first name but also the middle name. I was livid when I first found out. I went over to his house to talk about it.”
The Man Told His Friend’s Parents
The friend’s parents were at the house and saw the two of them arguing. They asked what was wrong and the man explained the situation to them. He added, “I told them everything and they were upset too, enough to give a good lecture to both my friend and his girlfriend.”
He Refused To Change His Daughter’s Name
He added, “Another thing to note is that I made it clear as day that me and my wife will not be changing our kid’s name.”
His Friends Have Called Him Inconsiderate
The man’s friend, the girlfriend and their friends have been calling the couple inconsiderate for telling his parents and refusing to change the name since it’s ‘technically theirs now.”
He Later Clarified The Situation
The man explained that their daughters would probably be going to the same school and added, “I do feel like it will make it a little difficult for both the girls to have the same name and the same middle name since both names aren’t super common, not to mention they will most likely be in the same grade.”
Is He In The Wrong?
Was he wrong to tell the parents and refuse to change the name? How should he handle the situation?
He Turned To The Internet For Advice
One user commented, “Technically, you cannot steal a name. But how can THEY suggest that you should be the one to change it? It was a name that meant a lot to you, you came up with it first so the other folks should have been more original.”
Another Person Shared Advice
“This is why you don’t discuss names with anyone you don’t absolutely need to until the child is born and the paperwork is filled out.”
Someone Else Commented
“I’d go further and announce it on Facebook and mention the significance of the names, so they look as bad as they are when they announce the stolen names. I’d also make it very clear to your friend that you can’t own a name, but stealing the name of your dead sister is going to change the way you look at him forever, so he should make his decision knowing that.”
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