I don’t know if I would be mad. I’m not sure about baby showers in general, and if other pregnant ladies are there, if they should even bring it up if you’re supposed to be the focus. I think that is what bugged me about the story is that another pregnant woman was inquired and perhaps unintentionally stole a little thunder from the event in general. Or maybe she is not unintentional and wanted a little attention, which is kind of rude. I don’t think her name choice is rude.
But hey. Names ending in -ella are very popular. [name]Estella[/name] is not very popular but I would not be surprised that someone else is considering a name with a similar nickname. What can anyone do, claim a whole mega-name category? All [name]ELLA[/name] names are mine, I got here first? There is a world of difference to me between [name]Estella[/name] and [name]Arabella[/name]. It’s just that they happen to come off in the same area of very popular nicknames. [name]How[/name] can that not be unintentional? [name]Do[/name] you think on the spot, she decided to name her child something that rhymes with the honoree’s choice? It’s not like both names are obscure, but way too similar. They are fishing in the same pool of names, they can’t be expected to always have distinct and divergent tastes in them.
I think it’s silly if they have a problem between them over this, because they are two different names, but they are both attracted to that -ella/-bella sound. I’m not sure it’s ok to start talking about your impending parenthood at someone else’s baby shower, though, but if someone asked, there’s nothing wrong with telling what names you are considering. I mean it shifts the blame a little, but I guess you could say we’re not decided yet, and break the news later privately.