Halloween is right around the corner and we’re really getting into the spirit this year. If you’re having a fall baby or just want a name that accentuates your dark tastes, then consider monikers from gothic literature, goth music, and even moody art. These names are not only romantic, but they also have deep hidden meanings that offer the perfect touch of mystery.
Goth baby names aren’t just limited to the likes of Lucifer and Lazarus, no, these names are actually handsome. We decided to take a deep dive into all things gothic to come up with the best baby names that fit the theme. With fingernails, eyes, and lips painted black, we bring you the top 25 goth baby names for boys.
Arch is a name that’s a shortened form of Archibald or Archie. Arch could also belong to your archenemy. Arch has a cool and casual sound that’s better suited for a very serious baby as opposed to the cute, Archie. The name has Teutonic roots and means “truly brave.”
Ash is a shortened form of the English name Asher which means “ash tree.” The name also belongs to the hawk-god of the Sahara Desert in Egyptian mythology. “I’m refreshed by this Ash” was a common Egyptian inscription found on wine jars from ancient times.
Any name with the word black in it was destined to make this list! Blackwell is a dark name that means “black well” or “black stream.” The name is found on a number of places, most notably, the place found in Darlington, Durham in England.
Blade is such a metal name that many parents would shy away from it. It’s a contemporary invention made possible by the English surname Blades. Get ready to defend your little boy’s innocence because teachers will expect a baddy.
David Bowie was born David Robert Jones. He certainly picked a great name! Bowie has Scottish origins and means “blonde.”
Burton is a buttoned-up, English place name that means “fortified enclosure.” Burton also belongs to Tim Burton, possibly the most famous goth working today.
Why not? There are plenty of other bird names out there! Crow is an English name that refers to the common bird. It’s often depicted as squawking and black which are two things goths love.
Damien is the preferred Russian form of the Greek name, Damian which means “to tame.” Damien will forever remind us of the evil devil-child from The Omen. But, that’s not stopping parents from choosing this lovable name. It’s currently the 111th most popular name for boys in the US.
Giovanni Pisano was an Italian sculptor, painter, and architect. He heavily influenced the French Gothic style which would become huge across Europe and beyond. The name Giovanni is an Italian classic that parents are choosing in the US often these days. The name means “God is gracious.”
Baby girls get many fun color names that work perfectly as goth favorites such as Scarlet, Sable, and Crimson. For boys, we have Gray as a somber possibility. The name is also a shortened form of the ever-popular Grayson which means “the son of the bailiff.”
Jacopo Bassano was an Italian painter famed for his dark, nocturnal scenes. Jacopo is a wonderful name that has Hebrew origins and means “supplanter.” It’s a more unique form of Jacob.
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Jasper’s popularity has bounced back after decades of neglect. Now, Jasper is a top 200 name for boys. Jasper has Persian origins and means “bringer of treasure.” It refers to one of the three wise men brought gifts for the infant Christ. Jasper is often called bloodstone which is about as goth as it gets.
As with Gray, Jett is another color name for boys that we love. It refers to the mineraloid Jet which is often polished to a moody shine, the market black you can get. It’s like charcoal in that it is formed by wood under extreme pressure.
Lorenzo di Niccolò was an artist who painted during the early Renaissance but maintained his Gothic style. Inspired by his name, we chose Nicolo, a cute Italian form of Nicholas which means “victory of the people.” This name comes with one of the best nicknames already ready to go, Nico.
Night works for both boys and girls. It’s a dark and enigmatic choice for parents looking to add a bit of edge to their child’s moniker. Say the word night before your last name. Night Smith, Night Davis, and Night Jones all sound like a cooler alternative name for yourself, right? It’s the naming equivalent of turning on “dark mode” on your phone.
We love the letter X. Onyx is a color name for boys that feels both intentional and strong. The black gemstone that inspired this name is truly beautiful. We’re not the only ones who think so! This name has been climbing the charts and it’s currently in the top 1000.
Oswald might sound like a grandpa’s name, but we think it’s fresh enough for boys to use today. Oswald has English origins and means “divine power.” Can you feel it? This name also comes with the outstanding nickname, Oz.
Saber is a French word name that means “sword.” Saber would be a very bold choice for your sharp little guy. You could always name your child Sword, but we think Saber is a touch more appropriate.
Another word name, Stone made the top 1000 for the first time in 2019. Stone is a steely sort of name that we think works because it sounds similar to other single-syllable favorites like Don, John, and Sloan.
Storm is an excellent gender-neutral choice. The name is exceedingly popular in Sweden where it comes from the common surname Stormr. Storm Thorgerson is a famous carrier of the name. He designed iconic album covers for Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, the Cranberries, Anthrax, and Pink Floyd.
Thorn is bound to be a little prickly. The name comes from the English surname Thorne, which means “thorn thicket.” Thorn works for many of the same reasons Stone does.
You could go with just Wild, but we like the name with an E because it honors Irish writer Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray is the epitome of gothic. Wilde means exactly what you think it does and we think it would be a great fit for an adventurous child.
Wolf is a German name that’s sometimes the shortened form of Wolfgang. Wolf, however, stands on its own just fine. The name means “traveling wolf.” While this name is rare in the US, it’s fairly common in Germany. If you’re into werewolf-fiction, this would be the one.
Xanthos is a Greek name from which Xanthus comes. The name means “golden-haired.” While the meaning might not be too goth, but it is storied in Greek mythology. He was the son of Pan a human/goat hybrid who was the god of all things wild.
Zacchaeus has that Bauhaus feel while still sounding familiar. Chances are you’ve never heard this Roman form of Zachariah before. As with Zach, the name means “God remembers” and has Hebrew origins. Have fun teaching your little one how to spell this beauty!
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these 25 goth baby names for boys. We also hope you feel inspired by these names and will choose a name that’s a little bit offbeat for your very special boy.
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