'I am livid': Mum's anger at baby name 'theft'

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A woman has appealed to the internet for support after her husband's ex-partner "stole" her baby name choice.

Mumsnet forum member Deedee3311 wrote, "My husband's ex, who he already has a son with, who has just had a baby, has actually stolen the name we were going to use. We are on amicable terms and she knew what name we had chosen, now she has robbed it."

Deedee3311 is currently 33 weeks pregnant, and says she and her husband already use the name when referring to their unborn baby.

"It is THE name we want, but his son can't have two sisters called the same thing can he?! Livid. Am I being unreasonable?"

Many commenters said they didn't see a problem with having two sisters with the same name.

"Of course he can have two sisters with the same name," said one. "Both of my nan's step-sisters had the same name. But the question is why would you (unless it's to honour a friend or family member)? I personally would want my daughter to have a unique name."

Another empathised, and suggested keeping the name but switching the first and middle names around. "I presume you also like the middle name … Very annoying though. I understand how put out you must feel. Baby names can get quite emotive within family/close friend circles."

Deedee3311 replied, "I just hope she hasn't stolen the middle name as well."

Others were angry for the woman. One wrote, "I'd be fuming! She knew and bloody stole it? I'd use it anyway. Seriously, I'm annoyed on your behalf."


But several commenters thought Deedee3311 was in the wrong, and had no grounds to be upset.

"No, he can't have two sisters with the same name," wrote one. "But you don't own the name, there's millions out there, pick another one."

Another was less tactful. "Get a grip, you can't steal a name, nobody owns them."

The woman hasn't announced whether she has come to a decision yet.