Whenever it comes to naming a baby, there are so many factors to consider. Most parents name their kids any names that they like, which depends a lot on their personal taste. Additionally, they may want to name their kids after a loved one in order to honor them. Some parents name their children names that are in the top 100, or the top 10 because they like to fit in.
That said, these parents are not all that concerned that their kids will have five or six other classmates with the same name. Regardless, people have their own reasons for using any particular name for their baby. However, one thing that many parents do not do is look too deeply into the meaning behind the name that they like. Some names may sound appealing but have a dark meaning behind them.
Or, some names are just very dark sounding, and these names would be used in black comedies or in spooky movies. And, some parents actually find that quite appealing. Gothic names are somewhat trendy, and let's take a peek at 25 of those gothic names that are fitting for 2018, and will be fitting for years to come.
26 Girl: Willow
Have you ever come across anyone named Willow? If not, you certainly will soon. According to Nameberry, Willow ranks at #81 on their feminine name popularity charts. This means, it is in the top 100 and that is an indicator that this name is quite popular.
Willow literally means willow tree, and it certainly has a gothic touch to it. It is believed that anyone with this name may possess some kind of magical or psychic power. Additionally, characters in Shakespearean plays and in Harry Potter were named Willow. Pink has a daughter named Willow, and so do Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. And based on the fact that it is in the top 100 is a clear indicator that it has caught on well.
25 Girl: Aurora
The name Dawn is popular but it does not have the gothic touch to a name that means the same thing, such as Aurora. Aurora is Latin for Dawn, and according to Nameberry, Aurora currently ranks at #51 on their feminine name popularity charts.
The other reason that Aurora is a gothic name is that it was the poetic name of the Roman goddess of sunrise. And, the dew on the ground that you would find in the morning were caused by her tears. What also makes this name appealing is that an aurora is a scientific phenomenon for the northern and southern lights, which are intriguing alone!
24 Boy: Lennon
Whenever you think of the name Lennon, the first thing that may come to mind is the musician John that met up with an unfortunate fate. And, Lennon is Irish for small cloak or cape. According to Nameberry, Lennon falls at #667 on their masculine name popularity charts.
Based on the fact that it is beyond the top 100 but within the top 1000 which means this name has been used often enough for boys. And many musicians have chosen this name for their sons as well such as the musician Adam Pascal. However, Lennon is also used for girls occasionally as well thanks to the singer and actress, Lennon Stella spreading inspiration.
23 Girl: Ophelia
The first thing you may think of when you hear the name Ophelia is the name of Hamlet's girlfriend in the Shakespearean play. And, as a result, for a long time, the name was not used because it was associated with that story.
However, according to Nameberry, Ophelia currently ranks #416 on their feminine name popularity charts. That said, it is in the top 1000 which means the name is catching on. According to the same source, the name was not even found on the charts since 1958 until it was used often enough to end up in the top 1000 in 2015. And, as you can see, the popularity of it has been climbing, and it just may end up in the top 100. You never know.
22 Girl: Desdemona
Now that we are onto the topic of Shakespearean names, another gothic one is Desdemona. Desdemona is of Greek origin, and it means ill-fated. And, she was a character in the Shakespearean play, Othello.
However, just like most Shakespearean plays, it was grim. And, even though Desdemona is a beautiful name with a hint of darkness - the meaning of the name is what has made many parents apprehensive of using it for their daughters. According to BabyCenter, Desdemona ranks at #12,079 on their feminine name popularity charts. That said, it is incredibly rare but the popularity may pick up as Ophelia has.
21 Girl: Winter
As you can see, the four seasons have been used as names for girls. You hear the names Autumn and Summer quite often, but not Spring and Winter. However, the popularity of Winter is catching on.
According to Nameberry, Winter ranks at #449 on their feminine name popularity charts. That said, it is in the top 1000 and the popularity of the name is climbing.
You may be wondering why Autumn was not on this list since it is associated with the end of the year and Halloween. That may be true but Winter is more of a gothic sounding name because darkness really is associated with the season. And, it has a mysterious ring to the name.
20 Girl: Elvira
What is your first thought when you hear of the name Elvira? The first thing that probably comes to mind is the Mistress of the Dark. That said, Elvira makes the perfect gothic name. It is of Spanish origin, which means white or fair. And, according to BabyCenter, Elvira currently ranks at #3,814 on their feminine name popularity charts.
However, according to the same source, the popularity of the name did drop 1213 points over the past year. Maybe many parents are hesitant to use that name for their daughters because it really is one of the most gothic feminine names around. Not everyone is comfortable with using a name that seems too dark, even though the meaning behind it is white.
19 Girl: Morticia
If you did not think that there was a name that had a more gothic ring to it than Elvira, then you will know of one right now. That is Morticia, and you really cannot find a name that is more gothic than that. Of course, everyone associates Morticia with the creepy mom from the Addams Family.
However, according to BabyCenter, Morticia has been used occasionally. That said, according to the same source, it ranks at #11,298 on the feminine name popularity charts. However, it did drop 1,926 over the past year. That is no surprise that this name is rarely used.
18 Gender Neutral: Rainn
Even though rain is associated with spring, which is a time that the weather warms up and that is when flowers begin to bloom. That said, what could possibly be dark about that? Well, the fact of the matter is, any kind of rainy day is dark. And, that is why Rainn, with the extra n, fits into this gothic name list.
According to BabyCenter, Rainn ranks at #6,994 on their feminine name popularity charts and has moved up 2,379 points over the past year. That is an indicator it is catching on. Rainn can also be used for boys, but according to the same source, it ranks at #16,539 on their masculine name popularity charts. That said, Rainn is more common for girls.
17 Girl: Luna
Everyone knows that Luna is Latin for moon, and that alone can tell you why this name ended up in this list. A dark sky with a full moon is intriguing and mysterious. And, according to Nameberry, Luna ranks at #37 on their feminine name popularity charts, which means it is in the top 100. That makes this name quite common.
Luna was also the Roman goddess of the moon, and its popularity may have been spiked recently due to the influence of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend who named their daughter Luna. Other celebrities like Penelope Cruz and Javier Barden did as well.
16 Girl: Starr
We just covered the moon, and now we are going to be covering the stars. Or, I should say, I will be covering the name Starr. Why is this name considered to be gothic? Stars shine when the sky is dark, and even though stars are bright, you only see them when it is dark.
Besides, the extra r makes it more interesting. According to BabyCenter, Starr currently ranks at #5,927 on their feminine name popularity charts. However, it has dropped 275 points over the past year. But, that does not mean it's on its way out. Starr will likely rise up again.
15 Gender Neutral: Blair
If it was not for the Blair Witch Project, the name Blair would probably not end up in this list of gothic names. However, because of that frightening film, it is very fitting now.
Blair is a gender-neutral name. And, it is Scottish for a dweller of the plain. According to Nameberry, Blair ranks at #511 on their feminine name popularity charts. For a boy, Blair is documented as a masculine name, however, there is no ranking information which likely means it is rarely used for boys.
14 Girl: Cordelia
Now that we are back on the Shakespearean names topic, another great gothic name that is added to this list is Cordelia.
Cordelia was a character in the Shakespearean play, Macbeth. And, just like most Shakespearean plays, that one had a sad ending.
Cordelia is of Celtic origin and it means the daughter of the sea. According to BabyCenter, Cordelia ranks at #1,443 on their feminine name popularity charts. However, it has dropped 432 points over the past year.
The name is very pretty and definitely has a dark ring to it. And, it is rare, and the fact that it is dropping may be an indicator that Cordelia will not end up becoming popular like Ophelia.
13 Girl: Velvet
Velvet is a soft and luxurious material that everyone loves. And, the darker it is, the better. Hence, Velvet is the perfect gothic name. According to BabyCenter, it currently ranks at #7,013 on their feminine name popularity chart list. And, yes, that means it is extremely rare.
However, it will catch up quickly because according to the same source, the popularity of Velvet increased by 12,609 points just over the past year! And, when you hear this name you may be thinking of Velvet Brown from National Velvet that starred Elizabeth Taylor when she was really young. The name was used in the 1960's occasionally, but it is starting to be used again now.
12 Gender Neutral: Regan
Regan is the perfect name that is fitting for Halloween for a boy or a girl. Regan is Celtic for regal. And, according to the experts on Nameberry, Regan has been used for girls to replace the overused Megan just by replacing the first letter.
However, for a long time, people were hesitant to use this name for a son or a daughter. That is mostly because Regan was a faithless character from Shakespeare's King Lear. Additionally, Regan MacNeill was the possessed girl from The Exorcist. That said, many parents have been hesitant to use the name for those reasons. And that said, Regan, is a great gothic name.
11 Boy: Draven
Draven is a name that has been created and there is no origin to it. However, according to Nameberry, Draven ranks at #890 on their masculine name popularity charts. That said, even though it is rare, it is a name that is in the top 1000 for boys.
Draven was from The Crow who was played by Brandon Lee. And, In the Shadows, Cuba Gooding played a character that had that name. Additionally, a member of Linkin Park was also Draven. Apparently, it did briefly rank in the top 1000 in 1995 and fell out for a while until just the last year.
10 Girl: Draconia
Draconia is a highly unusual name that is used for girls, and according to Love To Know, it means dire. So that being said, Draconia is not really a name that many parents want to use based on that meaning alone. However, for parents that have a gothic side to them, this is a great option for them if they wanted to name their daughter a dark-sounding name.
The male version of Draconia is Draconis, and because there is no ranking information on either of these names, you have to assume they are way beyond the top 10,000 which makes it extremely rare.
9 Boy: Blaze
Blaze is of Latin origin and means the one who stutters, and according to Nameberry, Blaze currently ranks at #813 on their masculine name popularity charts. That said, it is in the top 1000.
Blaze is a variation of Blaise, which is the French form of it that has the same meaning. The popularity of the name started to increase due to parents being inspired by the musician and vocalist, Blaze Bayley. He was a member of Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane. Blaze is technically a gender-neutral name because some parents have used the name for girls. However, it is still heavily a masculine name.
8 Boy: Damien
Damien is the French version of Damian, which is of Greek origin which means to tame. Both versions are in the top 1000 on the masculine name popularity charts, according to Nameberry. Additionally, both versions have been considered to be names that have been associated with spooky films.
According to the experts from the same source, Damien does not necessarily have that kind of association anymore, along with the other version. That is because it has been leaving a nice Irish image, and both versions are becoming quite popular in the UK.
By the way, Damian was the name of a saint who was also considered to be a healer.
7 Boy: Hawk
Hawk is a name of a bird, which has always had a dark connotation. And, according to BabyCenter, Hawk ranks at #3,044 on their masculine name popularity charts. However, it is not going to become popular anytime soon. It had dropped 1,228 points over the past year.
According to the experts from Nameberry, fierce animal names are on the rise such as Wolf or Fox. The gentler animal names like Robin are falling in popularity. And, Hawk definitely falls into that fierce animal category. However, because the ranking is low, it is difficult to say if it will catch on fully.
6 Boy: Edgar
It is no surprise that Edgar falls into the gothic name category considering that Edgar was a character in Shakespeare's King Lear. Additionally, the dark author and poet was Edgar Allan Poe. And, people may have a dark image of that name because of the poet. Not so much because of the Shakespearean character because Edgar was not all that well-known.
According to Nameberry, Edgar falls at #353 on their masculine name popularity charts. That said, it has entered the top 1000 for a long time. Additionally, it has actually stayed within the top 400 for years, according to the same source.
5 Gender Neutral: Samhain
Samhain is the holiday that is celebrated by the pagan community which is the same as Halloween. The name is of Irish origin and it means the end of the harvest season. The pronunciation of Samhain is sow-in.
According to Nameberry, Samhain has been used for boys and girls. However, because there is no ranking information on either, it is best to assume that the name is incredibly rare.
It certainly is a very fitting name for a baby born around Halloween, or around that time. That said, it is the perfect name for a Scorpio baby because it represents the darkness and mystery that comes with that sign.
4 Boy: Grey
Grey is a color-name, which is slowly becoming popular especially for boys. According to Nameberry, Grey falls at #730 on their masculine name popularity charts. However, even though Grey has been used occasionally for girls according to the same source, there is no ranking information. That only means, Grey has not really caught on for girls like it has for boys.
Grey or Gray has been a common surname, however, the popularity of it started to surge for boys in 2013 when it entered the top 1000 list. It is possible that some parents were inspired to use that for their kids after celebrities Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney named their son Leo Grey.
2 Boy: Thorn
Thorn is one of the most gothic baby boy names around. However, the popularity of this name is pretty much non-existent, possibly because it may be too dark. According to BabyCenter, Thorn currently ranks at #16,580 on their masculine name popularity charts. And, it has fallen even further down by 5,553 points over the past year.
Thorn has been a character in gothic stories and in dark shows. Thorn was the red dragon in the Inheritance Cycle. And, in Jeff Smith's Bone series, the main character was Thorn Harvestar. The meaning behind Thorn is of English origin and means thorn thicket. You see the original spelling of Thorne as a surname more than a first or middle name.
1 Boy: Dexter
Dexter is a name that is of Latin origin which means on the right. According to Nameberry, Dexter currently ranks at #447 on their masculine name popularity charts. There really was not a gothic association with this name until recently due to the TV show Dexter which is based on books by Jeff Lindsay. The lead is supposed to be a serial killer that is sociopathic and is a genius.
Before this TV series, Dexter may not have a real gothic association, but it did have an association to be being a brainiac. That may have been brought on because of the young genius in the cartoon Dexter's Laboratory.