I am FURIOUS right now. Since I was a little girl, I have always said that I wanted to name my son Charles and call him Charlie, after my grandfather. My best friend, who I grew up with and who I still see several times a year, just had a baby boy…and yes, you guessed it. She named him Charles and calls him Charlie, knowing full well that was my favorite name. I am so mad I don’t even know if I can go visit her and meet her son without getting into an argument. She stole my name! I really want to say something to her but I know I should wait since she just had a baby, but I feel absolutely betrayed by this.
I’m really pleased to get your email, because it’s long been a dream of mine to meet the person who owns the name Charles.
You don’t own the name Charles? The name that’s been in the top 100 of new baby names for the past 100 years? You don’t own that? Oh. Well, then I guess you’re going to have to get over it.
Especially considering the fact that 1.) you don’t appear to have any children that could have been named Charles 2.) it doesn’t seem like there’s a little Charles about to arrive within the next nine months or so and 3.) maybe your friend hasn’t spent her entire life waiting for you to name your baby Charlie and 4.) perhaps she figures that such a petty, angry person as yourself might not even find someone willing to have a baby with you any time soon, so she might as well use it.
It’s your best friend. Be happy for her.