Has this ever happened to you: You spend weeks, months, years maybe picking out the perfect baby name -- and you come up with one! -- only to learn you can't use it because a friend or relative just gave their baby the very same name? Yeah, well, that just happened to Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo. Only it didn't. Because they used the name anyway.
A few weeks back, Kristin Cavallari and fiance Jay Cutler welcomed a baby boy into this world, adorably named Camden Jack. Then, if you remember, just yesterday, Nick and Vanessa announced that they too had welcomed a baby boy into the world -- also named Camden. Camden John.
At first, Kristin was pissed, tweeting, "Apparently Camden is a popular name!" But then she obligatorily rescinded the comment, saying: "By the way that wasn't a bitchy tweet at all. I obviously love the name and I'm glad other people do too."
Sure, Kristin, sure. Hey, no need to cover your a** with me, I think you have a right to be annoyed!
If Nick and Vanessa picked the name out a while ago, and already monogrammed all their Hermes baby blankets, etc., I get it. It would be ridiculous to change the name they came up with -- and probably had been referring to their baby as for a while -- just because someone else happened to think of the same one. At that point, there's not much you can do. But if they were still on the fence, or worse, got the idea from Kristin, I'd be a little peeved, too, if I were Cavallari. You see, it's not like Kristin and Nick don't know each other. They sort of run in the same social circle. And if you remember, a few years back, the two were even rumored to be dating.
It might not bother some, but to me (and Kristin obviously), baby names are personal, and not something to be "copied," for lack of a better word. Obviously, your child isn't going to be the only one in the world with their name -- that's insane. But I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be kind of irritated if one of my friends gave their child the exact same name I gave mine. Before I found out the sex of my baby, I had come up with what I deemed the perfect name, were I to have a boy -- but I nixed it when I learned a friend gave their child the very name I had "thought of."
In the grand scheme of things, is this a small issue? Yes. Of course it is. And I'm positive it's something Kristin will get over (as would I). But I'm sure when that when she first heard, it stung a bit -- especially since it's a pretty unique name.
Well, obviously it stung a bit. Regardless of what her follow-up tweet claims.
Would you be annoyed if a friend gave their baby the same name as yours?
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