Someone you know personally has the name you want for your child?
I’m named after my living aunt, and my parents decided to call me by my middle name, which has caused all sorts of hassles throughout my life. Thus, I’ve resolved never to name a child after a living relative.
I’ve even taken it a step further and decided that I will not use a name that anyone I know personally has, including acquaintances. (If they’re people I never come in contact with, that’s a different story.)
DH and I are trying to name our second child. We decided on the name [name]Josephine[/name] ([name]Josie[/name]) and then realized that our neighbor across the street has a five-year-old daughter with the same name and nickname. After running into them recently, I noticed that this little girl is exactly what I expect a [name]Josephine[/name]/[name]Josie[/name] to look like, so much so that I can’t picture my own child with the name anymore. I now associate the name with that child.
Have you ever had this problem? If so, how have you handled it?