How to Cope When Someone Steals Your Name
Q. I have always loved the name Theodore and have told anyone who would listen that if I had a son, his name would be Theodore. The problem? My college roommate just announced that she is going to name her son Theodore too. I am so upset my favorite name is taken that I can't even think about finding a replacement name or attending our next reunion.
A. It's not so surprising that if you had anything at all in common with your friend, you would like the same name or types of names. Before you accuse your former roomie of being a name robber, remember that you are not living with her anymore. There is plenty of room for more than one Theodore in the world.
The truth of the matter is that no matter how many Theodores you encounter in your lifetime, none will ever mean as much to you as your own. Your little Teddy will be special and unique to you because he's yours. And who knows? She might choose to call her son Theo, Eddie, or Teo.