Woman says her best friend stole two of her children's names

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It's never easy when a friendship sours, particularly when it's over something as contentious as stealing a baby name... or in this case, two.

Even though many people say there's no such thing as stealing a baby name, when they hear this story, posted by a mum on Reddit, they might change their tune.

"...One of my very best friends named her daughter two of my children's names. She named her daughter Nix Ryan. My son's first name is Nix and my daughter's middle name is Ryan."

The poster says they are absolute best friends. Not acquaintances, not just reasonably close, but BFFs. Except now they aren't.

She details the rest of the sorry story.

"I am not suggesting that she cannot name her child whatever she wishes I just thought it was very odd that she never told me before she named her. When I said "Oh wow, our kids share names." She said 'I didn't even realise when I picked it, and later was like OMG.'

Two things:

1. Guys, we are BEST friends. She knows my children's name. She was at most of their births. I am just so perplexed by this.

2. She had TONS of items that are embroidered with her name on them. This had to have been thought about well before the birth.

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Am I being weird or is it odd to any of you too? I am not angry about it just completely  weirded out."

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Redditors had many things to say about the situation, mostly showing support for the OP (Original Poster).

"Using the same middle name is fine imo and I could see someone not remembering their friend's child's middle name... But the first name. That's weird to say she didn't make the connection."

"I'm sorry, but either she doesn't care about your kids and forgot their names, or is copying you. The middle name is a weird addition, but using the name Nix, which is so rare, and using it for her child without acknowledging the awkwardness is a little scary."

"That is not cool.. You're not being weird at all."

After some contemplation, the OP posted an update saying she had brought it up with her friend.

"I decided to confront her and just let her know that I felt a little taken aback by this whole situation and that it just felt very weird and I wanted to talk through it so we could move on...

We will no longer be friends at this point because frankly this may be the weirdest shit that as happened in my adult life."

She goes on to say that her friend cried and said, "...after everything we have been through she couldn't believe I was ending our friendship over a name."

The OP said that she apologised to her friend and the reply was, "That's okay, I see your true colours now, and for what it's worth, her name isn't Nix. It's Onyx and I just call her Nix because I think its cute."

She continued, "I said, "Why are you just telling me this two months later, and why have you never, anywhere mentioned that her name was Onyx, and why is not spelled Nyx then?" At which point she hung up on me."

It's certainly a strange situation and from the response the OP received, it's a case of, 'with friends like that, who needs enemies?'