Mum asks if it’s insensitive to name daughter Lilia when best mate’s baby is named Lillian


Is this mum being insensitive? (Picture: Getty)

An expectant mum who is 39 weeks pregnant has asked whether she’s being unreasonable for wanting to give her daughter a name similar to her best friend’s daughter.

The woman wants to name her daughter Lilia, but explained that her best friend’s daughter is called Lillian, and her best friend has only recently had her baby girl.

She wrote: ‘Do you think it would be unreasonable for me to use this name? She picked first and it’s not exactly a name I had my heart set on from the start so I worry it might ruffle some feathers!

‘I don’t see her everyday as we don’t live too near each other but we are quite close. Can I get away with it as it’s slightly different or should I go back to the drawing board?

‘Fingers crossed I have a boy and I won’t have to worry!’

Other mums commented to say they think the name is too similar – while adding that Lilia was once used as a brand name for sanitary pads.

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She worries the name is too similar to her best friend’s daughter’s (Picture: Getty)

One said: ‘I wouldn’t but people will be on here with that don’t own a name. Personally I value friendship over a child’s name – there slots of choice and Lilly type names have been over used and will date.’

Another wrote: ‘It’s very similar.

‘As a side note, it might not bother you, but Lilia used to be the name of a brand of sanitary towels. I’m old enough for that to be the first thing I thought of when I read the name.’

And another said: ‘I wouldn’t. It’s a weak name and sounds kind a tampon.

‘Just find something else OP. So many other names out there.’

However, others said the name Lilia was fine to use.

One woman wrote: ‘Use it, she doesn’t own it. Multiple people have the same name in the world.’

Someone else said: ‘Fine unless they will be in the same class which is probably unlikely as you don’t live close.

‘I’d be upfront and tell her how you feel and see how she reacts.’

Of course, there are millions of names in the world and nobody owns any particular one – but how would you feel if your friend named their baby something ridiculously similar to yours?

Let us know in the comments below.

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