Q: My husband and I are expecting a baby this summer. After we named our first baby we decided we would use our ‘spare’ name next time we have a child. Now there’s a glitch. A very close friend is having a baby in a few weeks and she is naming her baby our ‘spare’ name. My husband insists that it is fine if our children have the same name.
Is it in poor taste to go ahead and use the name we chose even though a close friend will have a child with the same name?
A: Choosing a name is an exciting and personal choice for new parents to make. There is no reason why you can’t use the name you have chosen, even if your good friends are using it as well. If they ask, just explain to them that you had always planned to use this name for a second child when you were choosing names the first time around. Plenty of children share the same first name, even when their parents are close friends. Hopefully, Sara H and Sara T will grow up to be good friends as well. Good luck!