A woman was left furious after claiming one of her friend's 'stole' the name she had picked for her child.
In a post to Mumsnet, the expectant mother says she had chosen the perfect Christian name for her baby and shared it with two close pals who are a couple.
The woman was left horrified when they revealed they had given the name to their daughter, just two weeks before her own due date, reports ExaminerLive.
The woman initially posted this message: "Ladies, what would you do if you were pregnant with a girl, your best 'couple friends' were also expecting a baby girl, you told said 'couple friends' of your chosen name and BAM they had their child two weeks before your due date and SURPRISE they used your girl name!
"Would you still use the name? Would you unfriend those two and start an open war?
"Or would you quietly despise them and gossip about them on Mumsnet pretending nothing happened when you meet?
"I want to know your opinion on this."
A number of people said they would still use the name, while others said they would choose a different one and move on.
One mum sympathised and said she would find this upsetting.
She wrote: "Honestly I'd be really upset. As you told them and they could have at least told you they liked it too and were considering using it. I take it they just used it without even acknowledging that you had told them you were using it?
"If my best friend did this I'd be questioning our friendship as it's the dishonesty that would annoy me. If they wanted to use the name, fine no-one owns a name but a bit of pre-warning wouldn't hurt. This just seems like they plotting in secret to 'steal' it as their baby was born first."
Others spoke of having similar experiences.
"My friend did this," said one woman. "I was a bit miffed but then just thought she had hers first, not a lot I could do about that.
"We used a different name as regardless people would always assume we were the ones that copied, plus having two with the same name would be annoying.
"It happened to another friend of mine too and although she used a different name, she hasn’t spoken to the person for six years now."
Another mum shared her experience and said: "This happened to us too. My husband's cousin found out our baby names through another family member, (first and middle).
"A month before ours arrived, they named theirs the same, both names! They were unusual names too.
"Because they're family, we decided to choose another set. Otherwise it's too annoying to be referred to as big x, little x.
"Agree with others posters, names don't belong to us, people are allowed to copy. But yes it absolutely p***** us both off. Lesson was learned for baby number two, when family/friends asked 'any names?' I'd reply 'no'. Announced our second baby's name after her birth."
Another message read: "I would still use the name , and just say to them 'oh you loved the name too did you'.
Some parents pointed out there is no copyright in a name and so it can't be stolen.
One mum wrote: "I'd remember that I don't hold the copyright on the name and decide if I still wanted to use it. Then I'd move on with my life."
Another added: "Unless you invented the name then they have stolen nothing. You must have heard it somewhere, so did you steal it too?
"It’s annoying but maybe they had already thought of using the name too and just didn’t want to say anything when you mentioned it. And what the heck does ‘open war’ mean in this context?"