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 Griselda and Hecate, no, these names are actually beautiful. 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 girls.
Amabel is a completely wonderful name, but we tend to favor its more obscure cousin, Amoret. This lovely name from Spenser’s The Faerie Queene was a symbol of married love. The name Amoret has Latin origins and means “lovable.”
If you want to honor the three novel-writing sisters, Bronte makes a fitting tribute for lovers of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Bronte is a name with Greek origins that means “thunder.” It, of course, is better known as a surname and was first given to the Duke of Bronté, a title that comes from a Sicilian town associated with the mythological Cyclops.
As far as color names go, Crimson is a criminally underused one. This name pales in comparison to her cousin Scarlett. The name has English origins and means “rich deep red.” The only downside to this name is that there aren’t any apparent nicknames to go along with it. We suggest Emi or you could always get right to the point and go with Red.
Cross is a word name that’s finally getting some interest from parents thanks to other names with the same meaning, Cruz and Croix. Cross is not going to be very everyone, but if you’re an in-the-closet-goth, this name would be a great way to out yourself. This is also an excellent gender-neutral choice.
Drusilla is a name that can be traced back to ancient Rome when it was borne by descendants of Antony and Cleopatra. Drusilla can also be spelled Drucilla and it means “fruitful.” Drusillas can be found in a variety of literature ranging from Wilkie Collins‘ The Moonstone and Faulkner‘s The Unvanquished. For the pop culture obsessed, Drusilla was a fan-favorite vampire from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Eris was the Greek goddess of strife and discord. And, hence, the name means “strife.” Which is a whole mood. Many people confuse Eris with her polar opposite, Eros, the goddess of love. Eris would be an excellent choice for fans of Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty.
Does anyone else remember the indigo children? If you weren’t around for that new-age weirdness, feel free to forget that we mentioned it. Indigo is a name that’s been used since ancient Greeks popularized it as a name for a bluish-purple dye. It offers just a kiss of mystery which is what you want in a name.
Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab in the Hebrew Book of Kings, has long had a bad girl reputation. However, feminists have interpreted the name to mean “power behind the throne.” This name has Hebrew origins and it means “not exalted.” If you’re looking to an alternative to the other Bel- names (Isabel, Bella), Jezebel would be a most-welcome choice.
Jinx is a name with a comic bookish appeal. Jinx is an adorable name even though it means “bringer of bad luck.” You might recall the name was used for Halle Berry‘s character in Die Another Day. If it’s good enough for Berry and James Bond, it’s good enough for us.
Lilith is a beautiful, romantic name that means “night monster.” In Jewish folklore, she is portrayed as Adam’s rejected first wife, who was turned into a night demon for refusing to obey him. The name comes from the Akkadian word lilitu that means “of the night.” The name landed in the top 1000 in 2010 and has been climbing the baby name charts since then.
The mythological Morrigan was the ancient Irish goddess of war, often symbolized by a crow. You’ll also find mention of the Morrigan, defined as a monster in female form. The name means “phantom queen.” We love this name but expect to correct people who will mistake it for Morgan.
Narcissa sounds more intense than its meaning, “daffodil.” This Greek name is perfect for December babies as the birth flower for the month is the daffodil. This name has never taken off in the US because it is often associated with narcissism.
In Greek mythology, Nyx was a powerful goddess and the embodiment of the night. Nyx sounds like a name for the cool kid your parents wouldn’t let you play with. For fans of Stevie Nicks, you could do no better than this subtle reference.
We promise we did not set out to only bring you Greek mythology names! We’re just having a moment, okay? Phaedre can also be spelled, Phaedra. The name means “bright.” Mythological Phaedra married Theseus but fell in love with his son, Hippolytus. The myth goes downhill from there and ends in tragedy for all involved!
For fans of Edgar Allen, you couldn’t find a more goth name. Poe has English origins and means “peacock.” This name would be an excellent choice for both boys and girls, but we tend to favor it for baby girls.
If you want your parade to get rained on, this dreary name might just be the one for you. Rain is, of course, a nature name. Stormy nights are what every goth wants and this name brings the good stuff.
Raven is a beautiful name for girls that’s been beloved by parents for decades. In Norse legend, the raven symbolized thought and wisdom. The god, Odin was often described as being accompanied by two ravens named Hugin and Mugin. Do not, we repeat, do not go naming your daughter Hugin or Mugin. Thank you.
Rue is an English name with Greek origins that means “regret.” So, the perfect name for a child! Rue is also an herb that was prized by the ancient Romans for its medicinal properties. Rue is so effortlessly cool and we would love to hear more of this classic name.
Try not to think of the fur, instead think of the rich, black color used in heraldry. Sable would certainly be an offbeat choice but not unheard of. For comic book fans, the name Silver Sable should ring some bells. Others will remember the name as belonging to a character in Dynasty.
You might prefer the name spelled with two T’s but we love the simplicity and distinction of just one. This exceedingly fine color name means “bright red.” If we had to choose between the two red-names on this list, we’d go with Scarlet.
Secret is a wonderfully mysterious name that means exactly what you think it does. The name was only given to about a dozen babies born in 2019 according to the SSA. We think this would make for the most unique name and more parents should move to adopt it.
Shelley is an English surname that’s being used more and more as a given for baby girls. Shelley means “clearing on a bank.” Novelist Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein is probably the best-known example with the name, but Shelley Duvall helped shine this name up in the 1970s.
Siouxsie is a name for parents who really, really love post-punk and gothic rock. It’s the invented name of Siouxsie Sioux who performed with Siouxsie and the Banshees. Get ready for a whole lot of confusion and mispronunciation of this name that’s a complicated form of Suzie.
Tempest is a splendid English word name that means “turbulent” or “stormy.” Tempest is a name that fits both boys and girls. We think it has the coolness of a name like Temple but with an edge.
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“Wednesday’s child is full of woe,” so said Charles Addams of his inspiration for naming the character, Wednesday Addams. The name is very old and relates to the Anglo-Saxon god, Woden who was associated with Mercury. You won’t find this name on the popularity charts, but it is perfect for parents looking for something familiar, yet wholly unique.
There you go! 25 goth baby names for girls that keep things all dark and moody. We hope you enjoyed these names and feel inspired to choose one for your little goth monster.
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- 1 25. Amoret
- 2 24. Bronte
- 3 23. Crimson
- 4 22. Cross
- 5 21. Drusilla
- 6 20. Eris
- 7 19. Indigo
- 8 18. Jezebel
- 9 17. Jinx
- 10 16. Lilith
- 11 15. Morrigan
- 12 14. Narcissa
- 13 13. Nyx
- 14 12. Phaedre
- 15 11. Poe
- 16 10. Rain
- 17 9. Raven
- 18 8. Rue
- 19 7. Sable
- 20 6. Scarlet
- 21 5. Secret
- 22 4. Shelley
- 23 3. Siouxsie
- 24 2. Tempest
- 25 1. Wednesday
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