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January 11th, 2011, 02:04 PM
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I desperately need your opinions on the spelling of a name. I don't think I have posted this here yet. I am struggling with how to spell Marek/Merrick

Some things to consider please-

I like the Merrick spelling but am TERRIFIED of the "rick" or "ricky" nickname. I would be upset if he was called that.

I also like Marek but I am afraid it seems too "foreign" (a friend told me this & stupid me, now it's all I can think about)

His middle names will be Beau Louis so..Marek Beau Louis or Merrick Beau Louis

We have a pretty common, easy last name.

So what are your opinions on which spelling to use?
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January 11th, 2011, 02:25 PM
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I prefer Merrick, there is a little girl in my younger DD's playroom with this name
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January 11th, 2011, 02:38 PM
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I prefer Merrick. What about Marik/Merik?
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January 11th, 2011, 02:43 PM
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I prefer the Merrick spelling. Nice name!!
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January 11th, 2011, 02:52 PM
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January 11th, 2011, 03:46 PM
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This was on our list for our baby boy that we're expecting in June. We were going to spell it Merrick.
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January 11th, 2011, 04:04 PM
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Merrick. Nice name
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January 11th, 2011, 04:26 PM
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I think Merrick Beau Louis looks better than the other spelling
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January 11th, 2011, 04:27 PM
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I prefer the Merrick spelling too.
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January 11th, 2011, 04:32 PM
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I wouldn't have thought Marek and Merrick were pronounced the same. I like Marek better, Merrick sounds like a brand name or a last name. Also, the Elephant Man.
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January 11th, 2011, 06:44 PM
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I wouldn't have thought Marek and Merrick were pronounced the same. I like Marek better, Merrick sounds like a brand name or a last name. Also, the Elephant Man.

Actually they aren't, in Polish Marek is said MAHR-rek but I would say Marek Mare-eck, because I can.


So does anyone have any input on the nickname Ricky/Rick? By choosing the spelling MERRICK would I be subjecting him to the awful possibility of being nicknamed RICK or RICKY?


Thanks for all the input!
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January 11th, 2011, 06:50 PM
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This was on our list for our baby boy that we're expecting in June. We were going to spell it Merrick.

Oh how neat! & we are even in the same Due date club! That's a coincidence! It's weird, we only had this name picked for our boy and NO girl names so I was kind of hoping for a boy to make the naming process a little smoother & now here I am fretting over the spelling!
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January 11th, 2011, 07:43 PM
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I think you'd only get the nn Rick/Ricky if you instigated it. If a kid on the playground used it, I don't think it would stick unless your son wanted it to. I actually like Marek best, but with the combo of mn's, I think Merrick looks better. I wouldn't worry about the nn. I think you will be able to avoid it.
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January 11th, 2011, 07:47 PM
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I like Merrick better.
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January 11th, 2011, 08:11 PM
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I much prefer Merrick and I wouldn't worry too much about the Rick/Ricky nn. I know of a Michael who never goes by Mike/Mikey. If you and he do not want it to stick, it won't.
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January 11th, 2011, 10:28 PM
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Merrick, definitely. I'm not a fan of Louis, but Merrick Beau is really cute.
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January 12th, 2011, 12:04 AM
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So does anyone have any input on the nickname Ricky/Rick? By choosing the spelling MERRICK would I be subjecting him to the awful possibility of being nicknamed RICK or RICKY?
I doubt people would call him Rick or Ricky, unless he asked to be. They might come up with Merry on their own, though.
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January 12th, 2011, 01:36 AM
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Merrick is my preference, because its the original and more familiar spelling. I don't think you need to worry about Ricky, and if you did, it wouldn't be because of the spelling. The name would still sound the same, after all.
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January 12th, 2011, 06:23 PM
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For me, the Merrick association is just too strong with Joseph Merrick, so I would go with Marek.

I think spelling is a moot point if you are pronouncing the two names the same way, though. Either way, if you are saying it with the 'rick' sound at the end, there is a chance people will try to shorten it to Ricky. They're going to hear it a lot more than they see it written. It's like naming your daughter Elisabeth to avoid the nickname Liz- she'll get just as many people trying to call her that as an Elizabeth because they're going off of what they hear her called, not whether or not all the letters to the nickname are actually present in her name. Stephens get called Steve, Gillians will be called Jill, and so on.

There is no way to predict if you'll win the nickname war, it'll be up to your son ultimately. All you can do is decide if you love the name Merrick enough to risk a nickname you hate.




[Just wanted to add, I do sympathize. I dread the day DD tells me she wants to be called Trixie, not Bea, lol.]
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January 12th, 2011, 10:18 PM
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For me, the Merrick association is just too strong with Joseph Merrick, so I would go with Marek.

I think spelling is a moot point if you are pronouncing the two names the same way, though. Either way, if you are saying it with the 'rick' sound at the end, there is a chance people will try to shorten it to Ricky. They're going to hear it a lot more than they see it written. It's like naming your daughter Elisabeth to avoid the nickname Liz- she'll get just as many people trying to call her that as an Elizabeth because they're going off of what they hear her called, not whether or not all the letters to the nickname are actually present in her name. Stephens get called Steve, Gillians will be called Jill, and so on.

There is no way to predict if you'll win the nickname war, it'll be up to your son ultimately. All you can do is decide if you love the name Merrick enough to risk a nickname you hate.




[Just wanted to add, I do sympathize. I dread the day DD tells me she wants to be called Trixie, not Bea, lol.]

The PP brings up a very good point. I agree... using the name, no matter how it's spelled, opens the possibility to people trying to shorten it to Rick or Ricky. I would use the name if you love it and squash any attempts to shorten it, until your son is old enough to decide on his own. Who knows... he may go through a phase where he actually WANTS to be called Ricky.
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