Excel cell reference

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Does anyone know in Excel, how can cell 1 reference cell 2 so that if cell 2 is cut and pasted to cell 3, cell 1 is still referencing cell 2 rather than cell 3?
Note this is NOT looking for an absolute reference, that would be the answer to:
How can cell 1 reference cell 2 so that if the reference is copied from cell 1 to cell 3, the reference in cell 3 is still referencing cell 2?

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If that's not absolute reference you may name cell 2 and reference by name.

@Sergei Baklan 

Thanks that sounds like a good idea. However, when I cut and paste the referenced cell 2, the cell name goes with it, so the reference now points to cell 3, no longer cell 2 as desired.