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  1. #6
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    I love Michelle! And I would use it if it weren't for the fact that I have a really close friend named Michelle and that would be awkward.... I don't think it's dated at all!

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  2. #8
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    Looking at BTN, I found Michelina, Mikkeline and Mihaela, which are interesting. A Michelina (which is said mee-kuh-LEE-nuh- and the Polish form is Michalina) and Mikkeline could have the nickname Mikki, Mika (me-kuh) and Lina. Mihaela could be a Mila.

    Or, you could go with Mika, which is a separate name entirely, said Mee-kuh, which means 'beautiful fragrance'. (I have no idea where NB got the meaning 'God's child' for it. That would be Kamiko- and I don't know if that's an actually Japanese name). Mika sounds a lot like Michael, and could work as a way to honor someone.
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  3. #10
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    I love Michaela, too. I took it off my list when I had my first daughter because of all the Mikayla's out there, but I still really like it. And I don't think it is at all common with this generation of babies/children.
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  4. #12
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    I like Michelle, it also has the nickname Elle, which is a good name for a teenager that's outgrown the nn Ellie. I recently heard the name Misha which I am in LOVE with! If I were you I'd go with Michelle if your looking for a common name with a nn, but Misha if you really don't care if it's not popular or has no nn. I know a Myka (my-kuh) whose name is often pronounced mee-kuh or even mick-uh
    Last edited by imagineglitr; May 5th, 2013 at 07:14 PM.
    Henrietta. Chiara. Marisol. Imogen.
    Hakuna matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days.
    Stars can't shine without darkness.
    You can't have a better tommorow if you keep thinking about yesterday.

  5. #14
    Some others that may help with your brainstorming:

    Marcheline - I prefer this to Michelle, I agree that Michelle feels dated. Marcheline is french meaning 'warrior' which I think is gorgeous
    Milena - Although it sounds kind of foreign and untraditional it's a beautiful name with a nice meaning (love, warmth, grace)
    Miranda
    Mirah
    Mireya - One of my favorites right now. It's similar to Michaela in a way, yet lacks the popularity and has its own unique flair.
    Miriam
    Miyah - Just an alternative spelling to Mya that resembles Michael more.
    Mabel
    Maple
    Marcel
    Mariel
    Marcia
    Marchella
    Marcella

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