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Name Sage: Is This Baby Name Theft?

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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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25 Stylish-yet-Unusual Boys’ Names

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Two-syllable baby names ending with the letter n have dominated the boys’ popularity list for several years now.  The Top 20 for boys includes sex such choices: MasonEthan, and JaydenAiden, Jackson, and Logan.  And when you add in all the spelling variations of these trendy boys’ names, the count leaps much higher.

It’s easy to understand why these names are so popular for boys.  They’re strong yet unconventional, at least compared with traditional boys’ names such as William or James.  They sound good with many last names.  And the two-syllable n-ending genre includes many different types of names, from the Biblical (Ethan) to the surname (Mason and Logan) to modern inventions such as Zayden.

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The ABCs of Boys’ Names

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Everything you need to know about boys’ baby names, from A to Z.

 A

While A is the second most-popular first initial for boys’ names (and the most popular for girls’), the real news is the rise in both the letter a and the a sound at the end of boys’ names. Think Joshua, Elijah, and Number 1 Noah.

B

Swedish parents were fined for naming their son Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, which they pronounced Abin. The name runs counter to Swedish naming laws, which rules that names cannot cause offense or discomfort.

C

Charlie, short for the traditional male name Charles, was given last year to 1551 boys’ in the US…and 1315 girls, making it one of the most equal opportunity unisex names.

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The PERfect Boy Name: PERcival and jasPer

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By Brooke Cussans, at Baby Name Pondering

Now it’s the boys’ turn.

Just starting your name search or stuck in a rut? Not sure where to start, or just need some fresh inspiration? Then how about one for every day of the week! Here are seven names containing the PER sound – one “per” day. You may be surprised just how versatile this syllable is. So versatile that I couldn’t put them all in one list – so, as promised on Monday, here come the boys:

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The Super Bowl of Football Names

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By Nick Turner

Back before the World Series in October, I did a post on the elements of a classic baseball name. The upshot: The sport favors colorful nicknames (Scooter, Bullet, Coco Crisp), and players frequently go by their initials (there were eight AJs on active Major League rosters last year). Casey also was disproportionately popular.

With the Super Bowl coming in a few days, it seems fitting that I now turn my attention to football.

What makes for a quintessential NFL name?

To start, that playfulness you see in baseball doesn’t exist as much in football. It’s a tough sport and perhaps that requires a serious moniker. Players rarely go by cute nicknames. And though initials aren’t unusual, they’re not nearly as prevalent as in baseball.

That said, the names still have swagger — just with more of a straight face.

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