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20 Enchanting Gothic Baby Names That Shouldn't Be Overlooked

Parents who have a dark side are giving their children Gothic names. There are many influences inspiring expectant moms and dads to bestow a mysterious moniker on their baby. From Gothic literature to mystical pop culture icons, these parents are giving a wink to the macabre. Many embrace distinguished titles that have a bit of an edge to them. Others prefer to seek out otherworldly names for their little one.

When looking at classic Gothic literature, there is a huge cast of characters to choose from. Beloved authors of dark fiction offer a perfect opportunity for book loving parents to draw inspiration. From blood sucking vampires to a monster created in a lab, these eerie stories are ripe for the picking. Horror movie fans also have many monikers just waiting to be chosen for their little ghoul. Parents who have a passion for science fiction may be on the search for a creepy name as well.

Nature also offers gloomy names for parents who hate the sun and love all things grim. If you are strange and unusual, then only an obscure name will due for your kiddo. Look no further than the world around you for inspiration.

Many of these names are on trend. Thanks to popular movies like Twilight, what was once considered to be morbid is now mainstream. Other monikers are more evocative and will let people know that you’re baby is one of a kind. Here is a list of 20 Enchanting Gothic Baby Names That Shouldn't Be Overlooked.

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20 Raven

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Parents who want to give their little girl a dark name might be attracted to Raven. This moniker would give a nod to the classic author, Edgar Allen Poe, who penned the poem, The Raven. That means that lovers of literature might be attracted to this one. It’s sophisticated but has an air of gloom to it that makes it sound lovely and dark. A little girl named Raven will be charming and slightly spooky.

"Raven" is a name of English origin, and it means "Blackbird". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 40,866 babies born with the first name Raven in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1921 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies. The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Raven is Friday, May 14th, 1880.

19 Xander

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Expectant parents who are fans of the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer might want to name their son, Xander. Why not name your kid after a teenage vampire killer? Xander Harris was a beloved character on the television show who fought evil with his friends, Buffy and Willow. It’s an uncommon moniker with a flair for the dramatic. A little boy given this name would more than likely be a loyal friend and a valuable member of any vampire fighting gang.

The name “Xander” is of Greek origin, and it means “Defender of the People”. From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 20,491 babies born with the name Xander in the United States. The highest recorded use of the name “Xander” was in 2015 with a total of 1,912 babies. According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name “Xander” ranks #1624 of all time.

18 Bella

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With the popularity of the Twilight series, the name Bella has had a big moment on the charts. Inspired by the female protagonist from the franchise, Bella is a moody teenager who falls hard for a hunky vampire. Both delicate and strong at the same time, this moniker has staying power. It would be a perfect choice for parents who are seeking a bewitching name for their daughter.

"Bella" is a name of Italian origin, and it means "Beautiful, God is my Oath". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 52,775 babies born with the first name Bella in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies. Bella is the 957th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Bella was the 78th most popular name.

17 Damien

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Damian is one of those names that has a scary reputation, thanks to the 1976 horror film, The Omen. Don’t let the demonic association scare you off, though. Damien is a lovely Irish moniker that would suit any little boy. Yet, if you’re a parent who has a bit of a dark side, this title would be a good choice. A child named Damien might raise eyebrows but that might be a good thing. It’s been rising in popularity.

"Damien" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "To tame, subdue". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 54,477 babies born with the first name Damien in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1936 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies. Damien is the 931st most popular name of all time.

16 Luna

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A dreamy name for an otherworldly girl would be Luna. It’s both a feminine and ethereal title that would be perfect for a broody little girl. If you are on the look out for a gothic-sounding moniker that is also unusual, then Luna would be the best pick for your daughter. A child given the name Luna will more than likely go through life with her head in the clouds.

“Luna” is a name of Italian origin, and it means “The Moon.” From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17,745 babies born with the first name Luna in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 15 new born babies. The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Luna is Saturday, December 14th, 1867.

15 Victor

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A haunting name for a little boy would be Victor. Book lovers might flock to this moniker to pay homage to Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein. Victor was the scientist who created the monster, Frankenstein. His mad genius would be awesome inspiration for parents who are seeking a quirky name for their little guy. It’s moniker that is both classic and cutting edge at the same time.

"Victor" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Winner, Conqueror". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 314,833 babies born with the first name Victor in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 100 new born babies. Victor is the 226th most popular name of all time. As a last name Victor was the 3,214th most popular name in 2010

14 Mina

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"Mina" is the name of a female fictional character in Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. Both forlorn and feminine, Mina gets instant cool points for having a literary bent. It’s an uncommon name that has a certain gravity to it that will totally hold up as your little girl matures into a woman. Fans of horror fiction may want to circle this macabre moniker.

"Mina" is a name of English origin, and it means "Strong-willed Warrior". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15,551 babies born with the first name Mina in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 73 new born babies. Mina is the 1,904th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mina was the 10,320th most popular name in 2010.

13 Salem

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Salem would be a spooky name for parents how seek a eccentric moniker for their son. Salem is a city in Massachusetts that’s known for the 1692 witch trials, where several local women were executed for allegedly practicing witchcraft. This is a title that would be both lurid and original. A little boy given this name would command attention, for sure.

"Salem" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Peace. Biblical name of ancient city later identified with Jerusalem". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,486 babies born with the first name Salem in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies. Salem is the 4,698th most popular name of all time. As a last name Salem was the 4,215th most popular name in 2010.

12 Scarlett

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The name Scarlett was made popular by the 1939 film, Gone With The Wind. Beloved author, Margaret Mitchell, named her main protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. She was a southern belle who fought for survival in the south during the Civil War and Reconstruction. She was petulant, determined, and entangled in a whirlwind romance. Scarlett is also the name that rock star, Jack White, of The White Stripes named his daughter.

The name “Scarlett” is of English origin, and it means “Red”. From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 43,573 babies born with the first name Scarlett in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1937 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies. It ranks #1068 of all time. The highest recorded use of the first name Scarlett was in 2015 with a total of 7,100 babies.

11 Edgar

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Edgar is a moniker that carries a lot of weight and also happens to be steeped in literary history. Edgar Allen Poe was a poet known for writing dark romanticism with well-known titles like, The Tell-tell Heart. Edgar was also the name of Edward’s brother in the Twilight series. Catherine’s husband was given this name in Emily Bronte’s beloved novel, Wuthering Heights. So, bookworms might want to consider the title Edgar for their son. It’s both gothic and smart.

"Edgar" is a name of English origin, and it means "Rich spear". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 150,867 babies born with the first name Edgar in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 288 new born babies. Edgar is the 476th most popular name of all time.

10 Willow

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I couldn’t create this list without giving Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans a female option for their daughter. Willow would is a witchy name for a little girl and taken from the loyal best friend of Buffy on the series. She’s smart, awkward and every vampire’s worst nightmare. A girl Willow will cast a spell on everyone she meets. The moniker is both cute and exotic at the same time.

The name “Willow” is of English origin, and it means “From the Willow Grove”. From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 21,052 babies born with the name Willow in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1890 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name “Willow” was in 2015 with a total of 2,776 babies. Willow is the 1,522nd most popular name of all time.

9 Thorn

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Thorn is one of those names that sounds like it could have come straight out of a fantasy novel. A little boy given this name may be prickly yet distinguished. It’s not a very common moniker, so your son would stand out in a crowd. It may make people stop and pause but Thorn definitely stands on it’s own. It’s easy to imagine a kid given this name warding off pretend dragons and defending the princess.

"Thorn" is a name of English origin, and it means "Town of thorns. Thornton variant. Surname". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 245 babies born with the first name Thorn in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1958 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies. Thorn is the 23,869th most popular name of all time

8 Jura

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Jura is an obscure name for a girl, that sounds lovely and has a profound place in Gothic literature. The Jura mountain range runs along the border of Switzerland and France. It is the setting for a portion of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Many scholars believe that Shelley used the Jura mountains to symbolize the monster itself. The name Jura is exotic and would be an amazing title for a deep thinker.

From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10 babies born with the first name Jura in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1943 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies. The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jura is Thursday, April 17th, 1879. Jura is the 72,699th most popular name of all time.

7 Malachi

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The name Malachi brings up images of Steven King’s, The Children of The Corn. Parents who want to give their kid an eerie name should pick this one, for sure. It’s also a Biblical moniker so it would be a good choice for religiousminded parents. Either way, it’s a classic name that will garner a lot of respect. A boy given this title will be headstrong and could possibly become the leader of a cult made up of creepy children.

Malachi" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "My Messenger". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 43,634 babies born with the first name Malachi in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies. Malachi is the 1,081st most popular name of all time.

6 Eris

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In mythology, Eris is the goddess of strife and discord. You can’t get much more gothic than that. It would be a fascinating and uncommon name for a little girl. It’s just unique enough to make an impression of everyone she encounters. The title Eris conjures up images of a scrappy little girl who causes trouble wherever she goes. It’s fierce and accessible all at once.

"Eris" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Strife". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,140 babies born with the first name Eris in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies. The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for Eris is Sunday, August 2nd, 1885. It is ranked # 6,383rd of all time.

5 Dorian

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Dorian is a dignified name that well-read parents will fall in love with. Best known as the lead character in Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, this moniker has an unusual strength about it. It first appeared on the charts in the 1920’s and saw a brief spike in the 1980’s. It’s been consistently rising and is seeing a current resurgence.

This name also has serious vintage cred.

"Dorian" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "From the Sea". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 23,793 babies born with the first name Dorian in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies. Dorian is the 1,531st most popular name of all time. As a last name Dorian was the 25,535th most popular name in 2010.

4 Bellatrix

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Bellatrix is a witchy title for a girl. Her namesake would be a nasty death eater from the Harry Potter series known for her loyalty to the evil Voldemort. She is skilled with a wand and her madness makes her a dangerous foe to her enemies. Bellatrix is a prisoner in the Azkaban prison for her crimes. A girl given the name Bellatrix will be fierce and fiery.

The name “Bellatrix” is of Latin origin, and it means Warlike”. From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 71 babies born with the first name Bellatrix in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2008 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the first name Bellatrix was in 2009 with a total of 12 babies. It ranks #40,715 of all time.

3 Blaze

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Blaze is an intense name and expectant parents who are inspired by nature will want dibs on this one. It’s evocative and powerful. This red-hot moniker is uncommon, so your son will be an original. This name will be recognized far and wide as it is seeing a slight bump on the charts. A boy given this title will be a trailblazer.

"Blaze" is a name of English origin, and it means "Flame". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,179 babies born with the first name Blaze in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1921 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the first name Blaze was in 2015 with a total of 351 babies. Blaze is the 3,269th most popular name of all time.

2 Ravenna

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Ravenna is The Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The lovely Snow White is her stepdaughter and Ravenna is so jealous of her beauty that she can barely function. The Queen has a magic mirror and asks it everyday: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” When the mirror replies that Snow White is the fairest of them all, Ravenna becomes unhinged and demands that the huntsman bring them her step-daughter’s heart. It would be perfect for a gothic little girl.

The name Ravenna is of Italian origin and is a town in Italy. From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 241 babies born with the first name Ravenna in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1932 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.

1 Crowe

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Looking for a name that is both mystical and strong for your son? Look no further than the moniker, Crowe. Inspired by nature, this title gives a wink to the black bird known for it’s foretelling of misfortune. It’s a unique name, so your little guy will be one of a kind. Crowe is one of those monikers that has versatility as it could be given either as a first or middle name. It would suit a moody boy just fine.

The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Crowe is Thursday, December 16th, 1897. From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Crowe. If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Crowe as their last name.As a last name Crowe was the 1,172nd most popular name in 2010.

Sources: names.org, nameberry.com

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