It seems to me that there has been a move away from designating people by saying “named” when identifying someone as opposed to saying “called,” for example - in a news report.

Saying “named” seems more precise - I would use “called” with a nickname - i.e. A man called Rocky or Butch.

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    I think you'll need to be more specific about what your question is - at the moment you've typed two statements, neither of which is a question. – Kiloran_speaking Dec 26 '18 at 21:38
  • I tried to fix this question. – James McLeod Dec 27 '18 at 22:55

Saying someone us called by a name C allows one to provide either the given name, or a nickname (like “Rocky,” “Butch,” or “The Mooch”), whereas saying someone is named with a name N would normally mean it is their legal name.

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