Remington Monroe Simms was born just last week, welcomed by her parents Corey Simms of Teen Mom 2 fame and his wife, Miranda, and fans loved the little girl's name. It's unique, it's dignified, and it may be "stolen." Turns out Simms' ex, Amber Scaggs O'Brien, has a 3-year-old daughter also named Remington with her husband. People are making much of the connection, since Simms and O'Brien were Facebook friends, and because O'Brien, like most proud parents, posted plenty of pictures of her Remington, so Simms would have known he was choosing a name already in circulation.
What it really comes down to is whether or not you think it's possible to "steal" a name. Common sense and most objective parties will say no. There was a time when you could throw a rock and hit a "Mary" or "John," and you probably still could, though you might accidentally get a "Sophia" or "Aiden" instead. It just wasn't something people got too up-in-arms about. But with the baby-naming trend heading toward the obscure and super unique, fewer parents are pleased to encounter other little ones with the same name they carefully chose for their own child.
And when the name stealer is or was close to you, like an ex or a sister-in-law, it can definitely rankle, since the odds increase that they knew about the name you chose and used it themselves. Even in those cases, though, there's nothing particularly devious or malicious about name-stealing. Some may say it's rude, but others would consider it a compliment.
In Simms' case, it does seem likely that he saw the name Remington on his ex's page and that's why he chose it, probably because he liked it, which is a compliment. The thing that makes it weird is that it's a name he possibly got from an ex-girlfriend, and no matter where you stand on name-stealing, that just seems like a no-no. Plus, if anyone should be mad, maybe it should be Miranda, who now has a kid with the same name as her husband's ex-flame. That just seems awkward. According to Radar Online, she had no idea what the name's origins were, and she wasn't very happy to hear the name came from Simms' ex.
In fact, to establish some etiquette, perhaps we should all agree that there are times when "borrowing" someone else's baby name is wholly appropriate: when you totally thought of it first; if you'll never see them again; if it's a name that's been in your family for generations; if you see it online; or if you and your best friend got pregnant at the same time and always dreamed of having identically named children.
Inappropriate people to borrow from might include any and all ex-partners and their offspring up to three generations removed; anyone who names their child after a popular food item, like Quinoa or Gruyère; your siblings; any name that can be found on the Wikipedia entry for "prolific serial killers; and anyone you know will accuse you of stealing "their" name and be really weird about it.
Other than that, anything else should be fair game.
As for little Remington, she'll be in good company. The name is traditionally a boy's name, but more and more girls are being dubbed Remington or Remi too. It's still plenty unique, but when it first showed up on American baby name charts in 1993, it was number 3,691 on the list. As of 2012, it has climbed all the way up to number 1,523, and that's just for girls! If you like it but don't want to steal it, may we suggest the traditional 14th century spelling — Rymyngton?
Now that's unique.
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