Mrs. H


Megan Haselton

About Me

Mother of two: Lincoln James and Maeve Cordelia. Planning on, at least, one more!

My Favorite Names
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January 15, 2014 03:44 PM

Some suggestions: 

Annabel Victoria Lyons (#519) / Annabelle Victoria Lyons (#100)
Audrey Victoria Lyons (#41)
Beatrice Victoria Lyons (#691)
Cecily Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Claire Victoria Lyons (#45) / Clare Victoria Lyons (#727)
Daphne Victoria Lyons (#420)
Diane Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Edith Victoria Lyons (#762)
Eleanor Victoria Lyons (#135) / Elinor Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Elise Victoria Lyons (#151) / Elyse Victoria Lyons (#527)
Esther Victoria Lyons (#242)
Evangeline Victoria Lyons (#292)
Florence Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Frances Victoria Lyons (#764)
Gabrielle Victoria Lyons (#129)
Grace Victoria Lyons (#21)
Gwendolyn Victoria Lyons (#514)
Iris Victoria Lyons (#282)
Isabel Victoria Lyons (#134) / Isabelle Victoria Lyons (#126)
Jane Victoria Lyons (#340)
Jillian Victoria Lyons (#286) / Gillian Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Josephine Victoria Lyons (#160)
Judith Victoria Lyons (#896)
Juliet Victoria Lyons (#253) / Juliette Victoria Lyons (#310)
June Victoria Lyons (#435)
Katherine Victoria Lyons (#64) / Catherine Victoria Lyons (#167)
Lillian Victoria Lyons (#25)
Louise Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Margaret Victoria Lyons (#178)
Margot Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000) / Margo Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Marian Victoria Lyons (not in the top 1000)
Penelope Victoria Lyons (#125)
Rosalie Victoria Lyons (#406)
Rose Victoria Lyons (#261)
Rosemary Victoria Lyons (#603)
Ruby Victoria Lyons (#106)
Ruth Victoria Lyons (#344) 
Sadie Victoria Lyons (#120) 

January 14, 2014 07:09 PM

I know, right? He's incredible! I adore Penny, too (and Penelope was my #1 girls name for YEARS - I literally only ruled it out because it just sounds so pretentious next to Lincoln to me. le sigh. I'm going to have to save it for one of my dogs. LOL), and them as a couple. Part of why I like Charles so much is because of Charlie from Lost. So I have considered Desmond Charles. And I actually REALLY liked Desmond Boone (BOONE! My heart hurts sometimes when I think about it!); Boone is my mother-in-law's maiden name, but SHE vetoed us using it because she's had a god awful falling out with her family. bad that she, my father-in-law, my husband, my brother-in-law, my sister-in-law and myself haven't spoken to her mother, her sister, or her sister's two sons since my son was 4 months old (he's almost 3 now). She's completely disassociated with her family and pretty much likes to pretend they don't exist and she's always been a Haselton. 

This is actually fun to think about, though. LOL. Other Lost combos: 

Desmond Michael (my dad's name is Michael, but I'd probably just think "I gotta find my boy! WALT!" constantly)
Desmond Walt - I'd go with Desmond Walter because that sounds better and still shortens to Walt
Desmond Hugo / Desmond Hurley
Desmond Jack - I'd use Desmond John above this; Jack's a nickname for John anyway.
Desmond Shephard (how did I not remember that Jack's last name was Shephard?)
Desmond Sayid
Desmond Austen (Kate's last name - if I didn't think that everyone would automatically assume "Austin, TX" I would swoon over this)
Desmond Ford (Sawyer's real last name; I would probably crack up if we wound up using this because Sawyer's real name is James Ford and Lincoln's middle name is James)
Desmond Linus (Ben's last name - and I totally love the name Linus, but my hubby would HATE it)
Desmond Pace
Desmond Burke

I can't think of any other Lost characters to pull from, but those are some interesting ones! I'm kind of really liking Desmond Charles more and more...maybe I can get my hubs' family tree and hope Charles is in there somewhere. LOL.

January 14, 2014 06:53 PM

I seriously doubt that. LOL. The closest strip club is in West Virginia. I have NO clue why he thinks that because he even admitted to never knowing anyone with the name. It hasn't completely swayed me off the name; I still think it fits with our set perfectly, but I figure once I get the boys name figured out, I can start looking for other suggestions for girls just to see if anything else clicks.

January 14, 2014 02:43 PM

I'm sorry for the book. I, clearly, have not had an adult conversation all day and am desperate for one!

January 14, 2014 02:42 PM

I generally don't mind about using a name someone else is considering - or vice versa - as long as we're not going to see them all that often or our kids won't really interact. An old friend of my husband's who I'm friends with on Facebook (and we chat quite a bit) is expecting a girl in late March. She told me just after my daughter was born that her husband was really upset we used the name Maeve because it's the only one he really loves for a girl. I, very honestly, told her that they should use it if they both loved it. I've only seen her in person once; we talk a lot online, but that's about it. It's not like it would be terribly confusing for us to both have daughters with the same name. But this friend is actually my best friend's sister; we're basically family. Her son actually tells people that he has two sisters and a brother - because he cannot understand that my kids are not his siblings. LOL. He's 5. And she would definitely murder me if I used Gage. 

I really cannot figure out what my hang-up on the name is. I KIND of liked it when I first saw it because it's easy to spell, easy to say, you can SEE the relation to Andrew. It makes sense. But someone made the butler comment and now...that's all I can think of, but not in a super cute Downton Abbey type of way (I briefly considered Bates and Carson as middle names while watching it this past Sunday). I don't think it helps that I don't have ANY association to the name at all and my husband's only association is a Swedish (I think) metal musician. Plus, in the group of middle names, Anders is definitely the outlier. (Although, that's like an afterthought because using a name with a family connection trumps style). 

It's very tempting for me. I have two associations to the name Steven/Stephen. My cousin's name is Steven. We were born 2.5 months apart (I was born mid-April; he was born early July) and were pretty much as inseparable as we could be. Both of our dads were in the military, so we didn't live by each other, but every vacation we were together. We're still really close, but he's a doctor in NYC so he doesn't have a ton of free time anymore. =) Hilarious thing: I announced my pregnancy with my daughter to the family; I called him and he just started laughing. I asked what was so funny and he tells me that he and his wife are expecting as well and are about as far along as I was. My due date was December 12th, theirs was December 18th. They wound up having their son, Peter, on December 12th (BOY WAS I PISSED. LOL. I was miserable, tired of being pregnant, and they have their baby early and on my due date.) and I had my daughter three days later. We're already trying to figure out when we can get them together because, clearly, they were meant to grow up like Steven and I did. And then the Stephen just reminds me of Stephen King. I don't love all of his novels; I'm a big baby who can't handle horror movies and especially not novels. But The Dark Tower was incredible and something that I only share with my husband - literally NO ONE else I know has read it. LOL. It was the first gift he ever gave me and the only reason I like the name Roland.

So it IS tempting. The only thing holding me back is that I have picked names from my side of the family for both of our kids and I really want to represent HIS side at some point. TECHNICALLY, I can say that Maeve is "sort of" named for his grandmother: we call her Mae, which is a diminutive of Mary which was his grandmother's first name. However, in all honesty, that was a total afterthought. I liked Mae because MY grandmother's birthday was in May. I think of her every time May rolls around (she passed away when I was 9). Maeve's middle name I found on my dad's family tree after we'd already picked it. And James was my great uncle's first name - I loved the name James before I realized that was his first name (we all called him Uncle Eddie; I found out after he passed away that his full name was James Edward) - I definitely loved the family connection because, while he was my great uncle, he was more like a grandparent to me, and it made me love the name even more.

The problem is that now that we're looking at having our most likely LAST baby (although the more I think about names, the more I want to have 2 more), I'm trying to fit in ALL of the honor names I want and it just doesn't quite work. I've considered using George because my mother-in-law's name is Georgiana and my maternal grandfather's name was George. But I have an uncle George who is NOT someone I want to name my kid after. Would you let something like that hold you back? I don't immediately think of him when I hear the name "George", but he IS in our lives and he will know the baby's middle name. I love him because he's family, but he's just a difficult individual and I really don't want a child growing up thinking that they were named after him. (Funnily enough, his middle name is Steven.)

I think my husband has finally realized how much I genuinely LOVE names and how much I love talking about names. Before we had my son, it was like pulling teeth. And I had promised him that I wouldn't bug him about names until we got pregnant again and HE brought it up. So...I did SOMETHING right! LOL. I'm pretty sure I'll be posting on here about girl names as soon as we figure out a boys name because I told him I wanted either Vivienne Eliza or Vivienne Claire and his only response was "It sounds like a stripper name." SIGH.

(And we MIGHT be close to getting pregnant again. I told him I wasn't going back on birth control this time because I felt like my hormones were all over the place after my son. I went back on birth control when he was 6 weeks old, then we had insurance issues and I came off of it when he was 9 months old, then we talked about me going back on it, but were planning on trying to get pregnant again when he was 18 months old. I just didn't want to deal with it this time. So we might wind up with another one sooner than we'd really LIKE.) 

January 13, 2014 04:10 PM

I still can't keep Leigh straight in my head. Mentally, I say "lay" EVERY time which is why I can't stand that spelling. 

When I was younger, I definitely had issues with the Greek names and some Gaelic ones. I have the Greek ones down pat now, but some Gaelic ones I still have to mentally correct myself before I say them aloud - Sorcha is the biggest one for me; I want to say "SOAR-cha" every time. 

The first time I saw Maia written down, I said "MAH-ee-ah" instead of "MY-ah". Whoops. LOL. And the first time I saw Casey, I thought it was supposed to be "CAZ-ee" instead of "CAY-cee". 

My husband's name is Sean and he gets "SEEN" more times than we care to remember. It seriously happens SO often that I'm sick of correcting people and I've only been with him for 7 years. That may be part of why he loved Ireland so much; not a single mispronounciation of his name.


January 13, 2014 04:03 PM


January 13, 2014 01:42 PM
In Response to Full family names

My grandfather's sister was named Virginia Ruth (She went by Ginny). Her daughter named one of her daughters Ginger Ruth. Ginger's sister named her eldest daughter Virginia Ruth "Ginny". 

One of my cousins is named Sarah Margaret; which is the first and middle name of my great grandmother.  

I would consider it if I found a combo I really loved, but for the most part, the names in my family are not that great. And the ones that are good have already been used! (Someone in my dad's family tree was actually named Napleon Bonaparte Williams and my grandfather's name is Billie Williams. BILLIE.) 

January 13, 2014 01:35 PM

Congratulations! I think the name goes well with your girls already. Hope everyone is adjusting well!

January 13, 2014 01:23 PM

I admit, it is a great combo. But, like I said in my post, I just can't use it. It's a character's name and that's ALL I think every time I hear the name. I totally lose the Lost connection to Desmond that made me like the name in the first place.

January 13, 2014 01:22 PM

You'd think that I, being the name enthusiast, would be the hard one to please, but he's so picky! Oh well!

I LOVE the suggestion of using Gage as a nickname for Gabriel; I don't think it's THAT much of a stretch (Gabe, Gage...they're pretty close!). Unfortunately, Gage is on my "hands off" list. One of my close friends is currently trying to convince her boyfriend to have baby #3 (when they first started having kids, he said he wanted 3; she's had 2 with him, but he had a son with his ex-wife so now they're arguing about that because he has 3 and she thought he meant 3 with her) and Gage is their boys name. The likelihood of them having #3 gets slimmer every day, but I would hate to "take" her name and then have her get pregnant!

I'm on the fence with Nathaniel. I really do love the name, BUT I really don't see it fitting with Lincoln and Maeve. When I originally wanted it as a first name (Nathaniel James was what I wanted), the girls name options were Penelope and Josephine. I think it fits in better with those "older" sounding names. I do like the combination Nathaniel Bennett, but my husband is less than thrilled with that. LOL.

You're right about Desmond Anders. It sounds better than Andrew. There's just something about Anders that I'm not loving. I do kind of like Desmond Alexander, too...but that seems overly long. (And there's no reason for me to pick Alexander other than just thinking it sounds okay.)

Gabriel Stephan is beautiful! I won't steal your name, but I do really like it! The more I say Gabriel Aaron, the more it grows on me. (I just much prefer Erin to Aaron, but I think I could make it work...) Gabriel Gunnar IS a really cool combination, but I'm not loving it for an actual child. It's one of those names I wouldn't hesitate to name a character, but an actual child...I'm not sure...

Someone suggested Ronan to me, too. I think it's super cute with Maeve, but I don't like it with Lincoln. (James goes with everything. LOL.)

Thank you so much for all your help. I'm still really not loving any combinations of Desmond or Roland, so we'll see if my husband comes up with anything to suggest - otherwise it might be between Wesley John and Gabriel Aaron.

January 12, 2014 06:01 PM
In Response to Announcing our son

Congratulations! I love the name (and love it with Isabel's name)! Get some rest and enjoy your baby boy!

January 12, 2014 05:48 PM
In Response to Adelyn?

Seconded. =)

January 12, 2014 01:20 PM

I agree about the spelling. Joziah seems to be a "creative" spelling and I really am not a fan. However, I do like Josiah. I like religious names, even though I'm not particularly religious. My first association isn't "Biblical", even though I know it is a Biblical name (like Jonah or Noah would be). I just think it's a pretty cool name that can shorten to Joss or Jo, which is cute. 

January 11, 2014 07:50 AM

I second this. Particularly, Vaughn.

January 10, 2014 11:10 AM

1. Lydia Caroline Bell - I just love it. Mary James Bell and Lydia Caroline Bell. <3
2. Frances Caroline Bell - It was a close one between this and Frances Catherine, but I really love the family connection. (Although, I still like Frances Audrey Bell better than them both.) 
3. Ruth Alice Bell - I actually really love the combination of Ruth Alice and REALLY love the suggestion of making it a double barrelled first name. Change this to Ruth Alice Caroline Bell and it would be my #2 and bump Frances to #3. 
4. Florence Ivy Bell - I'm not a huge fan of Florencce and, if you call her Flora, I think "Flora Ivy" it too much, but I like the flow of Florence Ivy best. However, I think I'd prefer something more like Florence Jean or Florence Kay. 

January 8, 2014 08:52 PM
In Response to Boys Name for Baby #3

Minor update: 

My husband has completed vetoed Benedict, Edison, Nolan, and Sullivan. I've moved Benedict to the middle name list (because I really like it and am not quite ready to give it up completely yet). We've also decided against Dexter due to the reactions of our family (lots of jokes about "poindexter" and semi-horrified looks regarding the fictional serial killer connection). And I decided to veto Tobin (yeah, I veto names from myself) because I just prefer Tobias so much more; I really didn't want to take the chance that he might like Tobias, but then see Tobin and like it MORE.

So here's the list that he's still mulling over (I actually put the list on his phone so he has no excuse not to look it over and get back to me) the following names:

Desmond "Des"
Edward "Ned" - pretty sure this will get moved to the middle name spot as well because my husband isn't crazy about Ned or Eddie and I think Edward goes better with our kids' middle names.
Gabriel "Gil" (and possibly Gabe because my husband totally wrinkled his nose at Gil)
Nathan "Nate"
Roland "Ollie"
Shephard "Shep"
Tobias "Baz"
Wesley "Wes"

What do you guys think? Which of those do you think goes best with Lincoln and Maeve? Which nicknames do you like best with Linc and Mae? Any other name suggestions?

My middle name is growing and growing, so I'll refrain from posting those until we really have a short, short list of first names. I'd just love to get honest feedback on the names as well, which may sway me to actually fall in love with one. And I'll definitely keep you guys updated with the husband's input!

Thank you all! 

January 8, 2014 08:14 PM
In Response to Twins!! Help!..

Congratulations and good luck with the twins!

January 8, 2014 08:10 PM
In Response to Help with the top 5

I just wanted to put in that Karen is a diminutive/variant of Katherine, as are: Kay, Kate, Kitty, Kat, Kathey, Katie, Kayla, Kaylee, Kaylin, Katarina, Katja, Katrina, Kathleen, Carina, Catalina...any of those could be used to honor your mother. (Coincidentally, my mother's name is Karen as well - my best friend's name is Erin and I call her Wren as a nickname, so I'd also considered these variants, as well as Wren as middle names for my daughter.)

I'm not crazy about Lennon as a first name for a girl, but I could get behind it as a middle name. It reminds me too much of Linen - I actually thought that was the name the first time I heard it and I wondered why a parent would name their child after sheets. 

My favorite, by a long shot, is Willa Frances Day. I love Willa and Frances on their own and love them SO MUCH together. I even think that Willa Day is a snappy name. I love Rosalie and Georgia, but am not crazy about the combos. I love the sound of Sadie, but I just prefer it as a nickname as opposed to a full name. Disregarding that, I DO like Sadie. I'm just not crazy about the repeated -ie ending in Sadie Marie. I actually really like Sadie Katherine. 

Another nickname option for Rosalie is Lia, if that interests you at all.

And, for George, if you're not 100% sold on Georgia, there's: Georgiana, Georgina, and Georgette

1. Willa Frances
2. Sadie - regardless of what middle name you pick, it seems like you DO really love this name. I definitely prefer a longer middle name with it, though: Sadie Katherine, Sadie Kathleen, Sadie Georgina, Sadie Georgiana
3. Rosalie Arline - I'm not crazy about Arline, but it is a family name and that trumps flow every day
4. Harper Norma - Harper's just too popular now for my tastes. I'm not super crazy about Norma with it, but I don't hate it.
5. Lennon Georgia - if you inverted this to Georgia Lennon, it would be #2 for me.  

January 8, 2014 07:00 PM

My father-in-law's mother was Mary. She had four kids - three girls and my father-in-law. All of the kids except the youngest girl were given the initials MAH. My father-in-law had two boys; my husband (the oldest) was named Sean (because my father-in-law's father had John as a middle name; none of his own children were named after him) and had the initials SPH. Their second boy, they named Matthew Adam, which gave him the MAH initials. My brother-in-law had his first child in 2010 (we didn't have our first until 2011) and he really put his foot down with his wife when deciding names: he HAD to have his oldest son named with the initials MAH. They had a girl first, so she didn't get those initials, but in 2012 when they had their son, they named him Micah Aedan. I've already heard them talk about how they'd love to see Micah use the same initials for his son one day. (My in-laws, by the way, would have been fine if they'd chosen not to use the initials.)

My husband has, a few times, brought up that he'd like to use the initials SPH on one of our kids. It hasn't worked out, namely because I'm (in general) much more fond of names that start with another letter, as opposed to P. We had, actually, picked out an girls name that started with an S for my son (Susannah), but the only girls name that started with a P that my husband liked was Paige and, while Susannah Paige isn't bad, I have a bad association with the name. So we picked an M middle name to include BOTH of our initials (mine are MMH now; used to be MMW). We just had a daughter and named her Maeve, but had she been a boy, her name would have been Silas (although, I'd picked out an N middle name because I just liked it better than all the P options). We're already talking about baby #3 and he's brought up the initial thing again, so...I'm CONSIDERING it again, but not making any promises. 

We definitely could have done the initials, but we wouldn't have had names we LOVE and I think it's much more important to LOVE the name you're giving your child.