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Name Sage: Is This Baby Name Theft?

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mika

By Abby Sandel

Caroline writes:

My husband and I are expecting our first child in July. We have plenty of boy names, but we are struggling with a girl’s name. The only name we agree on is Mika.

One of the criteria for our names is that it should honor our Japanese and Korean heritage. Another is that the name must work with the middle name Marie, to honor a great-aunt. Mika fits the bill.

Our dilemma is that friends of ours named their daughter Mikayla last year. They said that they planned to use the nickname Mika, but so far, they seem to call her Mikayla exclusively.

Mikayla’s family lives in another state, but we’re part of a large group of friends, and we do see each other a few times a year.

Given the circumstances, can we still use the name Mika?

If we do use the name, what is the recommended etiquette we should follow? I don’t think we should have to ask to use the name, but I’d hate to see it cause problems in our group of friends. I also worry that our daughter would be called “the second Mika.”

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New McBaby Names for Boys

McBaby Names

By Abby Sandel

Mackenzie, Makayla, and Mckenna have had a long run as go-to names for girls.

Is there any energy left in this trend?

The answer seems to be yes. And among the more interesting of the Mc- and Mac- names are some great options for boys, as parents reclaim the sound for their sons.

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a subtle honor name

By Abby Sandel

Robin writes:

My husband Kristopher and I are expecting our second child in a few weeks. Our son’s name is Everett. We love that his name has a strong meaning, isn’t too common, but is easy recognizable.

We’re having a delivery surprise, so we need both a boy’s name and a girl’s name.

Ideally, we’d like the name to share the same characteristics as Everett’s name.

Here’s the most difficult part. We’d like to honor a loved one with the name. The names that we could use are Christopher, Dennis, and Ryan – though none of those seem quite right. Also, our loved one was a huge fan of baseball, but a lot of baseball names seem too much like Wrigley or Babe.

Any ideas? 

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Creative Baby Names: Then and Now

creative baby names

By Abby Sandel

Last week, Nameberry’s story on Crazy Baby Names was everywhere. Because outrageous baby names never get old, and it’s kind of mind-boggling to imagine introducing your kids, Royaltee and Ruckus.

Except that this is a very old trend. There have always been creative namers.

We recognize choices like Nevaeh and Messiah, Brynlee and Blaze as novelties of our time, but it’s difficult to know how to think about the rarities of an earlier age. Back in 1913, Exie, Vada, and Coy were in the US Top 1000. Are they vintage gems, or the Jayden and Kaylee of another age – or both?

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CruzVeda

By Abby Sandel

Tanecia writes:

We are expecting our third child. We have a boy and a girl already: Cruz Andres and Veda Josephine. I like that both of their names are four letters (though we’re not committed to four letters) and have spiritual ties, but I can’t seem to find a name that I truly love for a third child.

Our top names so far are Makaio and Eden. We have some family names we might use for the middles. I would love if you could offer me any suggestions at all. I don’t have any set rules for the names, but I want to love it, and I also want it to flow with Cruz and Veda.

Our last name is a long, common one – starts with an R, ends with a ‘z’ sound.

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