This is a shot in the dark, but I am transferring my rogue to the server, and I'd be willing to offer some gold to get the name. Let me know!
That depends. If the toon's account is inactive, then yes, it's possible you can get it freed up, but if the account is still active and it's just the toon that hasn't been logged into in awhile then you're likely going to be outta luck. Or at least I was when I tried to get the name Fluttershy for a druid.