Looking for a unique baby name with a touch of darkness? Gothic baby names might be the answer.
Inspired by horror, nature, romance, and myth, goth culture has inspired many baby names that are maybe a little creepy, but really interesting and elegant too. What more could you want?
We’ve searched through the darkest forests and descended to the depths of the underworld to bring you the best gothic names out there. We hope you find something that’s just right. Let’s get started.
In this article: 📝
- What are some dark names?
- What are some creepy names?
- More gothic girl names
- Gothic boy names
- Unisex gothic names
What are some dark names?
Let’s start with some dark names for your little Prince or Princess of Darkness. Here are 13 names for all genders inspired by darkness and shadows.
- Adrienne – the dark one (or the one from Hadria).
- Dusk – sunset.
- Gray / Grey – not a color, but a shade.
- Keir – dark-haired, dark-skinned.
- Lamya – dark complexion, in Arabic.
- Layla – dark or night in Arabic.
- Lisha – darkness before midnight, or short for Alicia or Felicia.
- Midnight – you know this one.
- Noir – French for black.
- Onyx – a shiny black gem.
- Ozul – from the Hebrew, meaning shadow.
- Shadow – where the sun doesn’t reach.
- Umbra / Ombra – from the Latin, meaning shade or darkness.
What are some creepy names?
And now for something a little creepier. Here are 25 creepy Gothic names for the true goths out there. We’ve separated them into gothic female names and male names, but if something feels right, you go for it, whichever the gender.
Creepy gothic female names
- Gehenna – a place in the Bible where the wicked go to suffer. Creepy indeed.
- Gossamer – a film of cobwebs.
- Hecate – a Greek goddess associated with witchcraft and the underworld.
- Inclementia – from the Latin meaning cruelty.
- Kalma – the Finnish god of death and decay.
- Kali – Hindu goddess of doomsday and death.
- Lilith – a demon in Jewish mythology, and an edgy girl’s name.
- Naenia – the Roman goddess of funerals.
- Perdita – from the Latin meaning lost.
- Pestilentia – infectious disease.
- Poison – a name that needs no introduction.
- Solanine – a type of poison found in nightshade.
- Tristezza – an Italian word meaning sadness. A perfectly gothic baby girl name.
Creepy gothic male names
- Astaroth – the Grand Duke of hell.
- Azrael – the Islamic angel of death.
- Belial – a Hebrew name for the devil.
- Chaos – total disorder, or the Greek idea of total emptiness.
- Draven – of the raven.
- Hades – the king of the underworld.
- Hannibal – the ancient general who led his army of elephants across the Alps, and the creepy killer from the horror movies. A truly badass boy name.
- Hemlock – a type of poison that famously killed Socrates.
- Lucifer – another name for the devil.
- Moloch – an ancient pagan god, and a unique gothic baby boy name.
- Morte – French meaning death.
- Necro – relating to death.
More gothic girl names
- Amaris – from the Hebrew promised by God, or the Latin bitter.
- Amethyst – a type of violet gemstone.
- Anastasia – from the Greek resurrection.
- Aurora – the Roman goddess of dawn.
- Autumn – the season when summer turns to winter. A name that’s both beautiful and dark.
- Belinda – both beautiful and bright serpent.
Badriyah – from the Arabic, meaning full moon.
- Bellatrix – meaning female warrior, it’s a gothic baby girl name popularized by J.K. Rowling.
- Bernia – the angel in armor.
- Branwen – from the Welsh, meaning blessed raven.
- Calliope – the Greek muse of poetry.
- Chandra – the Hindi word for moon.
- Calista – most beautiful, from ancient Greek.
- Circe – an ancient Greek sorceress.
- Crimson – a deep red purple, the color of blood.
- Danika – a Slavic name meaning morning star.
- Draconia – a female Gothic name from the male Draco.
- Drusilla – fruitful.
- Diamanda – from the word for diamond.
- Dionisia – follower of Dionysus, the Greek god of intoxication.
- Elvira – foreign.
- Edana – a Gaelic name meaning fire.
- Ethelinda – noble serpent.
- Eris – the Greek goddess of strife and discord.
- Feronia – the Roman goddess of wildlife and abundance.
- Guinevere – the queen from Arthurian legend, meaning fair one.
- Garnet – a deep red precious stone.
- Gwendoline – white ring.
- Hestia – the Greek goddess of the home.
- Hesperia – evening star.
- Ianira – a Greek sea nymph and enchantress.
- Jinx – an evil spell.
- Juliet – from Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.
- Jocasta – a character from Greek myth.
- Jezebel – the wicked queen of Israel.
- Kairos – from the Greek, meaning a moment.
- Kalonice – victory of beauty.
- Lethia – forgetful.
- Luna – the Roman goddess of the moon.
- Magena – a Native American word for the Moon.
- Magenta – an intense pink color.
- Minerva – the Roman goddess of wisdom and war.
- Morrigan – from the Irish meaning great queen.
- Morticia – from the word mortician, a character from The Addams Family.
- Morwenna – maiden.
- Narcissa – daffodil or someone in love with their own beauty.
- Nesta – from the Welsh, meaning pure.
- Nyx – night.
- Orenda – the Iroquois name for a spiritual energy in people and the environment.
- Ophelia – Shakespeare’s tragic character in Hamlet.
- Philomena – field of strength.
- Renata – reborn in Latin.
- Rose – from the beautiful, but prickly, plant.
- Rue – to regret.
- Sabrina – a river goddess.
- Semyazza – a fallen Christian angel.
- Scarlett – from the color scarlet.
- Timandra – the mythical sister of Helen.
- Thora – the female equivalent of the Norwegian god Thor.
- Titania – Shakespeare’s fairy queen.
- Ursula – little she-bear.
- Velika – from the Slavic, meaning great or wondrous.
- Vesper / Vespera – evening prayers.
- Valentina – healthy, strong.
- Willow – the tree.
- Wren – a type of bird.
- Wednesday – a day of the week, and the character from The Addams Family.
- Xenobia – A Syrian queen who conquered Egypt.
- Xylia – woodland dweller.
Gothic boy names
- Astrophel – star lover.
- Brendan – prince or king in Irish.
- Brander – sword or fiery torch.
- Cadell – Welsh, meaning battle.
- Cadogan – battle glory.
- Cain / Kane – the son of Adam and Eve.
- Corbin – little crow.
- Caedmon – an Anglo-Saxon poet.
- Damian / Damien – to tame or subdue. But also the devilish character from The Omen. A favorite gothic boy name.
- Dorian – the character from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey.
- Dante – the medieval poet.
- Edgar – from perhaps the most famous Gothic writer, Edgar Allan Poe.
- Eoghan – born of yew.
- Elwin – elf or magical being, from the Old English.
- Eldritch – sinister, ghostly.
- Frey – the Norse god of fertility and prosperity.
- Gawain – a medieval English knight.
- Grimbald – a medieval monk.
Gabriel – from the Christian archangel.
- Hunter – a great gothic baby name for boys.
- Ingram – raven of peace.
- Israfel – in Islam, the angel of music.
- Jael – mountain goat.
- Jairus – God enlightens.
- Jarlath – the dark lord.
- Jasper – a reddish precious stone.
- Kazimir – from the Slavic, meaning destroyer of peace.
- Lazarus – God has helped. The character in the Bible who famously returns from the dead.
- Lucien – light.
- Lucius – an alternative to Lucien, but infused with Harry Potter vibes.
- Lycidas – wolf-son.
- Malachi – my messenger.
- Martel – from French, meaning hammer.
- Nodin – wind.
- Natrix – water snake.
- Niall – champion.
- Oberon – A fairy king, from Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- Orpheus – the legendary musician from ancient Greek myth.
- Osiris – the Egyptian god of the dead.
- Orion – dawning, the name of a constellation.
- Perseus – avenger, destroyer – and the Greek hero.
- Phelan – like a wolf.
- Payne – countryman, but with a dark gothic sound that might be perfect.
- Ransley – raven meadow.
- Riordan – an Irish royal poet.
- Salem – the town famous for its witch trials.
- Serpent – an alternative word for a snake.
- Samael – the Jewish angel of death.
- Tartarus – the darkest part of the underworld.
- Tristan – sad, sorrowful.
- Ulfred – wolf of peace.
- Valentine – healthy, strong – but a name associated with love and romance, for obvious reasons.
- Valerian – healthy and strong.
- Wolf – the wild animal.
- Waldron – forest dwelling.
- Zane – God is gracious.
Unisex gothic names
And, finally, some gothic names that work beautifully for all genders.
That’s our list of gothic baby names. Did you find something shadowy enough? We hope so.
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