What’s in a name? Well plenty! Why are they so important? Because we live a lifetime with them! There’s a lot of meaning behind every name chosen and parents around the world are tasked with picking a perfect name for their little bundle of joy. No pressure, no pressure at all! The names are endless and sometimes it’s overwhelming and difficult to find the one that matches ever so perfectly.
So what do parents do when they’ve gone through all the names in every book and on every site, and still haven’t found the one? Perhaps this list can help mom and dad pick the coolest name for their little dude.
Personally, I found selecting boys names more difficult than girl’s names for some reason, so this list offers a lot of great alternative names that some couples might have never even thought about for their new little guy. Today I’m seeking out a new source for names to add to the list and that source may come off a bit strange to some.
The list I’ve compiled has the names of some of the famous bad guys I’ve ever seen on screen! There are so many bad boys and villains in film and television that have such awesome names, so I’m asking parents not to rule them out just yet. Some of the names selected today are trending and some are so simple couples might have even forgotten about how great they are.
Here are twenty-five bad boy names mom and dad going to love!
We all know Belle's egocentric suitor from Beauty and the Beast, and although he's more annoying than he is an actual bad guy, one thing that isn't annoying about him is his super cute French name. My what a guy that Gaston! If you’re a Disney fan, obsessed with all things French, or simply love unique names that you don’t hear too often, then this name could be a perfect fit for your baby boy.
The name comes from the Germanic gast, which means stranger, guest, or unwelcomed guest. This very old name was also used as a French surname as well as a popular first name. The French name is also inspired by the Gascony region of southwest France.
Although it’s a French name, it can also be found in parts of Ireland and England. One thing can’t be denied, this name feels fairly regal or at the very least appropriate for a tennis or golf superstar.
Flynn Rider seems to be the James Dean of the Disney world, he’s a rebel with heart, and he just so happens to win over Rapunzel’s heart in the film Tangled. He's a handsome bad boy that all the ladies fall for, and with a cool name like that, can you blame them?
The name Flynn is of Irish origins and means “son of the red-haired one,” which means if you have red hair or a redheaded lad, then this name is too perfect to ignore! The name has become more and more popular since 2011 and shows no signs of dissolving into obscurity.
Sure, in the Disney film Flynn is a cheat, a liar and a thief, but he might also steal a few hearts along the way. I’ll bypass the fact that his real name turns out to be Eugene by the end of the film, because, let’s face it, Flynn is a way cooler name hands down!
Although the Penny Dreadful series has come to a close, it's impossible to forget the forever handsomely painted Dorian Gray, so bored with the idea of eternity that he had given up on being good entirely.
It was Oscar Wilde who first introduced us to the classic villain Dorian Gray, a man who was too poor in good deeds, but rich in bad choices. The tale of Dorian serves as a warning to all those who equate beauty with good, it’s that age old saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.”
The name Dorian actually comes from an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. There was also a legendary Greek hero named Doros. The name itself means gift, which seems appropriate for any baby, they’re all precious gifts. There are many variations to the name, one being Dori, which would be a cute nickname with Finding Dory being such a huge hit with kids everywhere.
The relentless Agent Smith in The Matrix series has inspired some new Smith's out there, and no I’m not talking about a slew of Agent Smith’s looking to stop Neo. I am talking about his name, his plain, generic name for such a super villain. Although Smith is commonly a surname, I find that it actually makes quite a cute first name as well.
The name Smith originated in England and is the most popular surname in the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. The name is common among those of English, Scottish and Irish descent. The name Smith means “metal worker,” dating back to the days of metal smiths working away to build weaponry for kings and their armies.
Although there aren’t any famous people with the first name Smith, there are definitely enough with the surname. Kevin Smith, Will Smith, Matt Smith, and Sam Smith are just some of the few. Perhaps it’s time to start a new trend!
This name comes straight out of a horror movie, and one about a possessed doll no less! Okay, it’s a given that Chucky is a bad doll rather than a bad boy, and it's fair to say this name is a bit over the top, but all creepy dolls aside, the name Chuck is actually quite adorable with the right amount of quirk. I also guarantee you won’t hear it everywhere.
The name Chucky comes from the name Charles, and the very regal name Charles comes from the Germanic “Karl.” Charles is certainly a royal name, being borne by ten kings of France, kings of Hungary, and Naples too! And who can forget Prince Charles, although I’m sure no one in their right mind would call him Chucky.
The name Chucky means “free man,” and is often shortened to Chuck. There are plenty of famous Chuck’s, such as action star Chuck Norris, music legend Chuck Berry, and MMA fighter Chuck Liddell.
Dallas is not only a city in Texas, but the name belonging to a classic Character from the novel and film The Outsiders. Dallas Winston or “Dally” is the loveable big brother figure, but he's not without his flaws, always acting macho to cover up that big heart. He teases the crew, but with love.
Dallas obviously feels like a very cowboy name, but surprisingly it’s a surname of Scottish and English origin. The name Dallas actually has multiple meanings. In America the name means “wise” whereas in Scotland the name Dallas means “from the waterfall” or “dwells by the waterfall.”
The name is so versatile that both genders are beginning to use it. Just look at Bryce Dallas Howard, it makes for an awesome middle name too! Some other famous Dallas’ are singer, song-writer Dallas Green, Dallas Lovato big sis to Demi and a slew of famous athletes that wear the name proudly.
At least the dark side has cute names. With Star Wars coming back in a huge way with The Force Awakens, the name Kylo Ren is becoming a household name, the decedent of Darth Vader is also a popular costume choice amongst kiddos, because who doesn’t want to wield a cool lightsaber?
Other names like Kyler or Kylie have spawned from the name and this just goes to show that parents are constantly looking for new and unique names. If you're looking for something modern, Kylo is definitely the name for you.
There's no background information for the name Kylo since it’s meant to sound like something futuristic and cool for the Star Wars films, and that they do certainly achieve. The name Kyler however is Gaelic in origin, stemming from the name Tyler. The Irish meaning of Kyler is “land where the cattle graze” and in Dutch Kyler means “The Archer.”
Superman's arch rival Mr. Lex Luthor is a powerful and intelligent man, it's a shame he doesn't use that to do more good. The super villain brought to life by DC Comics is only human, but he possesses many resources, you know because he’s a super smart billionaire, which can make him quite the force to be reckoned with.
The name Lex is actually an abbreviation for the name Alexander, a very powerful name since it also belonged to Alexander the Great, a 4th century Macedonian king who had the Egyptian city, Alexandria, named after him. The name Lex is Greek in origin and means “the defender of men.”
The name Lex might be the name of a super villain in the comic book world, but it’s also a very powerful sounding name. The meaning of the name seems far too noble to be given to a bad boy, which is why it would make such a great, short and sweet baby boy’s name.
I’m sure you have heard of the evil young King of House Baratheon. Joffrey Baratheon is no peach that’s for sure, with his exquisite taste for suffering; it’s fair to say he’s one of the most despised characters of literature, if not of all time!
Game of Thrones may have had you tossing things at your television whenever Joffrey was on screen, but it can’t be denied that his name is quite unique and regal sounding, so why rule it out entirely?
The name Joffrey is really just a fancier name for the plain old name Jeff. The name is Middle English in origin and came from the old French name Geoffroi. The name Joffrey means “a man of peace” making it all the more hilarious that King Joffrey of King’s Landing would carry such a name when he’s so far from peaceful it’s hard to stomach.
Even though Joffrey is one bad dude, it hasn’t swayed the popularity of this name growing and growing every day!
The film 10 Things I Hate About You still stands as the film where the world fell in love with the late Heath Ledger. He played the “too cool for school” bad boy named Patrick Verona. Playing the role of the dreamy bad boy got him the girl and the heart of millions who watched him and his care-free antics.
The name Patrick is English in origin and means “nobleman.” Although it is mainly an English name, Patrick is equally popular amongst the English, German and French. The name was claimed by Saint Patrick in the 5th century, it wasn’t his original name, but if you could pick a name for yourself, Patrick is definitely a fine one!
The name was so sacred in Ireland that no one even began naming their sons Patrick until the 17th century. Since then the has continued its popular reign and shows no signs of slowing down.
Thor's lovable villain of a brother constantly battles between whether to embrace good or evil, but one thing is for sure, he embraces that powerful name and wears it well! The name Loki comes from Viking legend, Loki was the Norse god of Mischief or “Trickster God” as he was known to the Vikings.
Loki was associated with magic and fire, over time he went from trickery to growing more and more evil , eventually the legend claims he was chained to a rock by other gods in order to be restrained from continuing his evil ways. Thor’s super villain brother and the Norse god seem to have that evil streak in common.
The name Loki comes from the Indo-European “leug” meaning “to break.” Seems like a fair enough name for any boy, kids tend to break stuff. The name is seriously ancient, but it’s not unpopular, in fact it’s only grown in popularity since Marvel’s Loki hit the big screen in 2011 alongside hunky bro Thor.
Rocky had many adversaries but Apollo Creed remains one of my favourite opponents from the series of films. Based off of Muhammad Ali, Apollo Creed is a fighter to be admired just as much as Rocky. So although he's the villain for Rocky to defeat in the second Rocky film, there is a mutual respect between them that can't be ignored and they even eventually become great friends.
Apollo’s legacy was later carried on in the film Creed, released in 2015, following his son’s search for greatness, so you can see that this “bad guy” is well respected.
Apollo is Greek in origin and means “destroyer” making it a great name for a boxer in the Rocky films. In Greek myth Apollo is the son of Zeus and twin to Artemis. He is considered the Sun God, but was also closely related to prophecy, medicine, music, art, law, beauty and wisdom. Two legendary men in one name, what’s not to love about the name Apollo?
Maybe you didn't know that Magneto, super villain of the X-Men franchise, had a real name. Well, he does, and his name is Max Eisenhardt! His conventional name proves that he had a not so evil past; he was made into a villain by circumstance, but the name Max comes with delusions of grandeur, so Magneto was perhaps destined to rule as a jaded mutant.
Coming from Latin origin, Max is short for Maximillian which means “greatest,” the name comes equipped with a big ego, and Magneto definitely suffers from a swollen head, seeing as he thinks he can do no wrong, consistently disregarding Professor Xavier’s warnings.
The name Max has been popular amongst celebrities and their children for the past few years now, making it an authentic star baby name! Christina Aguilera, Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Lopez, Charlie Sheen and Jessica Simpson, all have children with a variation of Max as their surname.
If you're a serious Mad Men fan, then you already know which Don I’m talking about. Don Draper was easy on the eyes, but you still wanted to slap him from time to time. He does have quite the powerful name, but it's easily sweetened with a nickname like Donny.
I know what you’re thinking, the sound of name “Donny” is giving you flashbacks to New Kids on the Block or the Ninja Turtles, but it’s also an adorable nickname for a baby boy, and once he’s older, you can drop the “ny.”
Don is of Scottish origin and is a shortened version of the name Donald, which means “great chief.” There were many Scottish Kings named Donald, and it has remained popular for many years, perhaps only taking a nosedive when the name was accredited to a certain Disney duck. Don is the much cooler, updated version of the name Donald and thanks to Don Draper, it has sustained popularity.
Voldemort, the one who must not be named in Harry Potter, does in fact, have a name, and it just so happens to be Tom Riddle. The character Tom Riddle is just so good at being bad that he became one of the world’s most renowned villains in the Harry Potter Series. Good old Voldemort tries to destroy the chosen one Harry Potter and by now we all know how that pans out for him.
The name Tom is still commonly used in England and the U.S. with more than 7,000 being named Tom each year in America. The name Tom comes from Thomas an Aramaic word meaning “twin.” In the Bible Thomas doubted the resurrection of Christ, hence the idiom “Doubting Thomas.”
Some famous Tom’s include musician Tom Petty, Football player Tom Brady, actors Tom Cruise, Hanks, Hiddleston, and Felton (who also appears as Draco in the Harry Potter films).
Davy Jones is brought to life in the Pirates of the Caribbean film: Dead Man’s Chest. Davy is the keeper of the seas, and a villain of myth as well as film. You may have heard of “Davy Jones’ Locker” which is an idiom for the bottom of the sea, legend has it that this is where Davy Jones dwelled and watched over the souls lost to the sea, or those who were forced to walk the plank.
The souls of sailors shipwrecked at sea, those that drowned, or stowaways tossed into the tides would belong to Davy Jones for eternity.
The name Davy comes from David, a Hebrew name that means “cherished” or “beloved.” The adorable name Davy belongs to more than just a mythical monster from the sea, it’s also the name owned by singer Davy Jones, not to be confused with the tentacled monster, this mister Jones was a former singer in the popular band The Monkees.
The Godfather himself has a great name that is not so common these days which is actually a good thing, because who wants to be mainstream these days? The Godfather films are the most popular portrayals of the mafia gangsters out there, and The Sopranos are a close tie, but all will agree that no one has come close to the king, the Don, the boss man that is Vito Corleone.
Vito Corleone was a bad guy, but one with priorities at least, family first!
The name Vito is an Italian name that comes from the Latin word “vita” which means “life.” Vito is a modernized version of the Latin name Vitus which means “life-giver.” St. Vitus of Sicily popularized the name in the middle ages, and although it’s not all that popular to date, it certainly is an extravagant sounding name that makes it a name you can’t refuse!
The late David Bowie played Jareth the Goblin King in the cult classic film Labyrinth. The 1986 film was a musical hit complete with a magical manipulative villain who was super swoon worthy even though he was dressed as a mish-mash through centuries. He may have been one bad, baby stealing king, who messed with memories, but he sure could sing like no other!
The name Jareth is a blend of Jared and Gareth, and a variation of the English name Jarrett. Coming from Welsh origin the name means “Bled of Jar.” Jareth is an extremely unique name, feeling both Medieval and modern at the same time. The strange yet appealing name is just as David Bowie played it in the film.
There is something alluring about the name Jareth, so how could it simply be deemed a bad boy name? Let’s bring it back, but perhaps without the glitter mullet wig?
Dom or Dominic Toretto from the Fast and Furious franchise is a very bad boy with some great driving skills and a soft spot for his family. He’s a true bad boy turned good guy, but not 100% good, he’s still god that rebel blood running through his veins after all! This bad boy name is absolutely too rad to be bad!
The name Dominic is popular amongst those of the Roman Catholic faith, as it means “belonging to God.” An interesting fact about the name is that in the past it was given to boys born on Sunday, the day most Christian’s attend church.
The name Dominic does come with some negative connotations, it has always been considered a bad boy name, and is still looked upon as a name belonging to those poor in good deeds, but if we can move past the stereotypes of the name, perhaps we can return it to its former glory. If you look closely you can see that it’s a very beautiful European name with a rich history, dating back to medieval times and St. Dominic.
You may remember a character by the name of Jax Teller, the brooding, bike riding, bad boy from the television show Sons of Anarchy. Jax Teller has all the makings of a bad guy. He is part of a biker gang, served time in prison for smuggling and gun-running and to top it off he runs from his responsibility as a father. Boo him if you must, but not the name, it’s so catchy, it’s cool!
Jax is a great alternative to the already too popular Max. Jax means “God has been gracious.” The name is a variation of John, Jack and Jackson; it’s a modern invented name distinctive to the United States. Jax is a variation of the playground game of the same name “Jacks” substituting the “cks” for just an “x.” The name is simple yet super chic, making it a name to watch as its popularity rises.
If you're a fan of The Vampire Diaries then you know all about Damon Salvatore. Forced into being a vampire after being shot by his own father, you can see why Damon might be a tad bitter. What’s worse is when he and his brother fight over Katherine, causing a rift between the brothers and Damon making it his eternal mission to make Stefan miserable.
The name Damon is Greek in origin and means “gentle” or “to tame.” There is a Greek legend about friends Damon and Pythias, a story about loyalty. In the legend Damon takes Pythias place in prison and therefore takes on his execution in order to spare his friend, but Pythias is unable to let him go through with it and returns, impressing the king with their loyalty and friendship.
Although the name belongs to a vampire, it also belongs to a mythical figure who is symbolic of loyalty, friendship and courage.
As in Eric Northman of True Blood, he's a genuine descendent of Vikings and it shows! The tall, pale vampire with piercing blue eyes is creepy as he is cruel. It’s all business with Eric Northman, even his friends are pawns in his plans of grandeur. Eric is all about himself and what he can gain, there is little else to him, oh except the fact that he’s a vampire too!
Strong, immortal, and evil? Is there anything more dangerous?
The name is the most popular Scandinavian boys’ name in use. It’s a Norse name meaning “ever” or “eternal ruler” which makes it the perfect name for Mr. Northman of True Blood, a born leader with unlimited time. The name dates back to the 10th century and had a famous name bearer, Norwegian explorer Eric the Red, who discovered Greenland. The name was also carried by early kings of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Captain Hook has been revived and refreshed on the hit television show Once Upon a Time. Hook, aka Killian Jones, is an on again off again bad guy. He wants to be good, but it’s a struggle when he’s been so deeply rooted in villainy most of his pirate career. It takes a Swan, Emma Swan to be exact to transform and tame the darkness in his heart.
The name Killian is Irish in its origin and it means “strife” or “battle.” It was originally spelled Cillian, just like Irish actor Cillian Murphy, but Killian is the result of the name’s anglification over time. Since there is no “K” in the Gaelic alphabet, it was only until the name became popular elsewhere that the “K” in Killian was introduced.
Killian is also a common surname found in Ireland as well as Germany. The name comes from Saint Killian, an Irish missionary who travelled to Germany.
“Here's Johnny” is a signature line from The Shining, said by none other than author gone mad, Jack Torrance. In the film he’s not really a bad guy, it’s his surroundings that eventually drive him mad and make him into one memorable psycho played by another Jack, actor Jack Nicholson, funny coincidence right?
The name is so far from scary it’s laughable, which is probably why Jack is more comical than scary in The Shining, or at least I found him to be. It’s an adorable name for a little guy. The name Jack is Hebrew in origin and means “god is gracious.” It was also commonly used as slang for “man” in the Middle Ages.
The name remains very popular in Ireland, and is even fairly popular amongst the children of celebrities. Matt Lauer, Luke Perry, Meg Ryan and Johnny Depp are just a few celebs who have sons named Jack.
Although the name itself sounds oddly similar to the word “normal” the character we’re talking about is far from it! Norman Bates is the momma’s boy of everyone’s nightmares, and you might think Norman a poor name choice because of this very reason, but if you can look past the character Alfred Hitchcock so famously brought to life, then you might find a great name for your little guy.
The name isn’t all that common anymore, but that’s what makes it all the more intriguing.
Norman comes from German origin and means “northman” referring to The Normans, a group of Vikings who settled on the coast of France that is now known as Normandy. Norman has been used as both a surname and a given name. The surname is English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Jewish, American and Norwegian in origin.
Some famous Norman’s include actor Norman Reedus, painter Norman Rockwell and novelist Norman Mailer, just to name a few. So you can see that Norman’s are quite a talented bunch of guys.
References: Popsugar, TV FAnatic