CHOOSING a baby name is difficult at the best of times.
So imagine finding out that you, your sister-in-law and cousin, who are all due to give birth within two months of each other, have got your hearts set on the same moniker.
Well, that's the unfortunate scenario one mum-to-be found herself in.
Taking to Mumsnet, the anonymous woman, who is from the UK, explained how her mother-in-law had recently informed her that one of her favourite names was "off the table" because her cousin had already settled on it.
And coincidentally, it was also the name her partner's sister was considering.
The woman, who is six months pregnant, explained: "My partner and I are expecting a boy in August. Partner's sister is expecting a boy in September and his cousin is expecting a boy in October.
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"You can probably guess where this is going! We were told today by my partner's mum that a certain name is 'off the table' because his cousin has decided on it."
"This is the name we'd pretty much decided on too. Partner's sister has it as her second choice apparently."
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She went on to ask social forum users whether she's being unreasonable to think that because she'll likely be going first, she can go for whatever we like.
And the comments section was flooded with responses.
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"No one owns a name. Use what you want. But don't get cross if they use the same name," wrote one.
A second commented: "You can’t own a name and frankly it’s unkind to say “X is off the table”, for all anyone knows you could have picked this out pre-conception."
"I don’t think it matters if there are two in one family."
A third penned: "If you'd genuinely wanted that name before you heard from partner's mum about the cousin wanted it, and your baby is coming first…. I would use it.
"But as pp said, be prepared for cousins to still use it."
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Elsewhere, a fourth questioned: "Given that all 3 of you chose the name, do you really want a name so common?"
"If 3 of you chose it you can imagine that many others did too. I would personally have changed it if I heard everyone else was planning on the same name."
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