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280+ Gothic Names With Spooky & Surprisingly Cool Meanings

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What Are Gothic Names For A Baby?

Gothic names are linked to mystery, horror, and gloom.

Many Goths prefer wearing black or dark colors and might also use black or deep purple makeup – and they might take nicknames or other monikers relating to darkness.

Famous Goths include Wednesday and Morticia Addams from the fictional show “The Addams Family.” 

Some Hollywood celebrities that also went through the so-called “Goth phase” or were linked to the genre due to the roles they played:

  • Christina Ricci (she played Wednesday Addams in the 1991 movie)
  • Twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
  • Angelina Jolie 


Below, we’re sharing 280+ gothic monikers, many of which have spooky or even surprisingly cool meanings.


The Best Gothic Names By Category

Top Gothic Names

Favorite Gothic Boy Names

  1. Blade (English androgynous name; *androgynous means gender-free) – “Sword” or “wealthy glory”; also after the half-vampire main character in the movie “Blade
  2. Brander (Old Norse and Old English boy name) – “Sword,” “fiery torch,” or “sword of fire”
  3. Brendan (Irish boy name) – “Prince,” “king,” or “small raven”
  4. Gabriel (Hebrew boy name) – Angel name that means “God is my strength” or “hero of God”; also a biblical boy name after the archangel and God’s messenger
  5. Ishmael (Hebrew and Arabic boy name) – “God will hear”; also a biblical name after Abraham’s first son with his wife’s maidservant, Hagar
  6. Jack (English boy name) – “God is gracious” or “supplanter” as a variant of “Jacob” and “James”; the name is also associated with monsters, ghosts, or spirits in gothic culture
  7. Khalid (Arabic boy name) – “Eternal”
  8. Tristan (Celtic boy name) – “Sad,” “sorrowful,” or “outcry”


Popular Gothic Girl Names

  1. Amaris (Hebrew and Latin girl name) – “Promised by God” or “bitter”
  2. Amethyst (Greek girl name) – “Gemstone” or “jewel”
  3. Calliope (Greek girl name) – “Beautiful-voiced”; Greek goddess and muse of poetry
  4. Juliet (Latin, English, and French girl name) – “Youthful” or “child of Jove (Roman king of the gods)”; the main character in William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy “Romeo and Juliet
  5. Morticia (Latin girl name) – Name that means “death”; a character (the mother) in “The Addams Family
  6. Sabrina (Celtic, Latin, English, and Italian girl name) – “Legendary princess” or “from the border”; goddess name after the Celtic goddess of the Severn river or a witchy name after the main character in the ‘90s TV series “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” 
  7. Wednesday (English and German name for boys and girls) – “Woden’s day,” after the German god of war and wisdom; also a day of the week and a character (the daughter) in “The Addams Family


Gender-Neutral & Nonbinary Goth Names

  1. Blackwell (Anglo-Saxon unisex name) – “Dark colored pool or stream”
  2. Blair (Celtic, English, Gaelic, Scottish, and Irish name) – “From the plain”
  3. Blaise (French name) – “Lisp” or “stutter”; relates to the Greek Saint Blaise
  4. Briar (English unisex name) – “Thorn”
  5. Phoenix (Greek name) – Mythical creature linked to immortality; it rises from its own ashes after death
  6. Rain (English name) – “Abundant blessing from above”; also a weather-related name linked to sadness
  7. Raven (English name) – Nature name that means “black bird
  8. Rogue (English name) – “Unpredictable” or “mischievous”
  9. Stone (English name) – “Dweller by the rocks”
  10. Storm (English name) – “Tempest”
  11. Thorn (Old English name) – “Prickle” 
  12. Vesper (Latin name) – Space name meaning “evening star” or “evening prayers”
  13. Zen (Japanese name) – “Meditation”


What Are Dark Names?

  1. Gray (English unisex name) – “Gray-haired” or “black mixed with gray”
  2. Keir (GaelicCeltic boy name) – “Dark-haired,” “dark-skinned,” or “little dark one”
  3. Lamya (Arabic girl name) – “Dark complexion” or “dark lips”
  4. Lisha (Latin) – “Darkness before midnight,” “God is salvation,” “truth,” or “honest”
  5. Midnight (American unisex name) – “Middle of the night”
  6. Onyx (ancient Greek name) – “Claw” or “fingernail”; also a shiny black gem 
  7. Requiem (Jamaican and English girl name; pronounced as “reh-kim”) – “Roman Catholic mass for the dead”
  8. Shadow (English gender-neutral name) – “Shade from the sun”
  9. Tartarus (Greek boy name) – “Darkest and deepest part of the underworld”; also means the Titan prison in Greek mythology


What Are Good Names For Darkness?

  1. Dusk
  2. Layla
  3. Noir
  4. Nyx
  5. Ombra
  6. Ozul


Dark Gothic Names That Are Beautiful

  1. Adrienne (French girl name) – “The dark one” or “the one from Hadria (ancient Italian city)”; also a middle name for girls
  2. Anastasia (Greek girl name) – “Resurrection”; also a Disney name
  3. Aurora (Latin girl name) – “Dawn”; Roman goddess of dawn and also a Disney princess name (“Sleeping Beauty”)
  4. Belinda (Spanish girl name) – Hispanic name meaning “beautiful one” and “bright serpent”
  5. Calista (ancient Greek girl name) – “Most beautiful”
  6. Guinevere (Welsh girl name) – “Fair one” or “white fairy”; the queen in Arthurian legend
  7. Kalonice (Greek girl name) – Name that means “beautiful” (victory of beauty)
  8. Tama (Native American, Hebrew, and Japanese unisex name) – “Jewel,” “complete,” or “beautiful”


Ancient & Old-Fashioned Goth Names

  1. Ethelinda
  2. Gwendoline
  3. Jezebel
  4. Nesta 
  5. Ordelia
  6. Pandora
  7. Renata 


Gothic Names From The Victorian Era

  1. Ophelia
  2. Philomena
  3. Roesia (“ro-he-sha”)


Gothic Names From Legends & Myths

  1. Chaos (Greek boy name) – “Total disorder” or “total emptiness”; Greek god of the void state before creation
  2. Circe (Greek and Latin girl name; pronounced as “suh-see”) – “To secure with rings or hoops”; an ancient Greek sorceress or goddess of magic
  3. Frey (Scandinavian boy name) – “Exalted one” or “lord”; Norse god of fertility and prosperity
  4. Hades (Greek boy name) – “Unseen”; Greek god of the underworld
  5. Hecate (Greek girl name) – “Far away”; Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and demons
  6. Kali (Sanskrit girl name) – “The black one”; Hindu goddess of death and doomsday 
  7. Kalma (Finnish girl name) – Finnish god of death and decay
  8. Minerva (Latin girl name) – “The mind”; Roman goddess of wisdom and war
  9. Naenia (Latin girl name) – “Incantation”; Roman goddess of funerals
  10. Osiris (Egyptian and Latin boy name) – “Mighty”; Egyptian god of the dead


Mystical Gothic Names

  1. Amara (Sanskrit and African – Nigerian girl name) – Name that means “grace” or “immortal”; a fantasy name after a character in the “Supernatural” TV series
  2. Angelique (French girl name) – “Like an angel” or “angelic”; a witch character in “Dark Shadows” TV series and film
  3. Anya (Igbo, Hungarian, and Kurdish girl name) – “Eye,” “power,” or “mother” 
  4. Fëanor (Quenya boy name; *Quenya is a J.R.R. Tolkien-invented language) – Elf boy name meaning “spirit of fire”
  5. Galadriel (Sindarin and Quenya girl name; Sindarin is also Tolkien-invented language) – “Maiden crowned with a garland”; powerful elf queen in “The Lord of the Rings
  6. Thorin (Norse boy name) – “Thunder”; also a Tolkien character as the king of the dwarves in “The Lord of the Rings
  7. Viconia (invented name) – Unknown meaning; dark elf character in the video game “Baldur’s Gate” 


Fun & Creative Gothic Names

  1. Branwen
  2. Bruxo
  3. Crimson
  4. Jevera
  5. Joliette
  6. Nissa


Strong & Powerful Gothic Names

  1. Bellatrix (Latin girl name) – “Female warrior”; evil Death Eater (a group of pure-blood supremacists and antagonists) in the “Harry Potter” series
  2. Cadell (Welsh baby boy name) – “Battle” or “battle spirit”
  3. Cadogan (Old Welsh and Irish boy name) – “Battle glory” or “war”
  4. Edana (Gaelic girl name) – Name that means “fire” (small, fiery one)
  5. Lucius (Latin) – Name that means “light”; also a Death Eater (father of Harry’s rival, Draco Malfoy) in the “Harry Potter” series
  6. Malik (Arabic boy name) – “King of kings” or “sovereign”
  7. Orenda (Native American – Iroquois name) – “Magic power” or “spiritual force”
  8. Orion (Greek boy name) – “Rising in the sky” or “dawning”; a constellation named after a hunter in Greek mythology
  9. Payne (Latin boy name) – “Countryman”; also a noble surname (last name) in France


Cool & Funky Gothic Names

  1. Elvira
  2. Elwin
  3. Garnet
  4. Lucien
  5. Salem


Nature-Inspired Gothic Names

  1. Autumn (Latin girl name) – “Fall (season)”
  2. Hesperia (Greek female name) – “Evening star” or “rising star” 
  3. Merle (French boy name) – “Blackbird
  4. Renwick (Old English boy name) – “Raven”; can also be a middle name for boys
  5. Serpent (Latin) – “Snake”
  6. Solanine (Gothic and English) – “Poison found in the nightshade (a plant)” 
  7. Turaya (Arabic girl name) – “Star” 
  8. Wren (Old English boy name) – “A small bird”


Gothic Names That Mean “Moon”

  1. Ascelin (Gothic and French girl name) – “Of the moon” or “noble”
  2. Badriyah (Arabic girl name) – “Full moon” or “resembling the full moon”
  3. Chandra (Hindi unisex name) – “Moon”
  4. Jocasta (Greek girl name) – “Sparkling moon”; the queen who unknowingly married her son in Greek mythology
  5. Luna (Latin) – “Moon”; Roman goddess of the moon or a witchy name after Luna Lovegood, a kind witch and Harry’s friend in “Harry Potter
  6. Magena (Native American name) – “Moon” 


Adorable Gothic Baby Names

  1. Bernia (Gothic girl name) – “The angel in armor”
  2. Danika (Slavic girl name) – Girl space name that means “morning star”
  3. Xander (Greek boy name) – “Defender of humankind” as a variant of “Alexander”


Elegant Goth Names

  1. Diamanda (Latin and ancient Greek name) – “Diamond”
  2. Dionisia (Greek girl name) – “Follower of Dionysus (Greek god of wine and intoxication)”
  3. Enriqueta (Spanish girl name) – “Ruler of the homeland”; feminine variant of “Enrique” (Spanish form of “Henry”)
  4. Tristessa (Latin baby girl name) – “Sorrow”
  5. Tristezza (Italian girl name) – “Sadness”
  6. Valentina (Latin girl name) – “Strong” and “healthy”; variant of “Valentine”
  7. Willow (Old English girl name) – Girl plant name after the tall tree; also symbolized death during the Victorian era (“weeping willow”)


Badass Goth Names

  1. Davorin (Slavic boy name) – Slavic god of war
  2. Draconia (Gothic girl name) – “Dreadful”; a female form of “Draco”
  3. Jarlath (Irish boy name) – “The dark lord” or “tributary lord”
  4. Kazimir (Slavic boy name) – “Destroyer of peace”
  5. Lazarus (Hebrew boy name) – “God has helped”; biblical boy name after the dead man that Jesus resurrected in the New Testament
  6. Lycidas (Greek name for boys) – “Wolf cub” or “son of the wolf”
  7. Natrix (Latin boy name) – “Water snake”


Creepy & Scary Goth Names

Creepy Goth Boy Names

  1. Astaroth
  2. Azrael
  3. Draven
  4. Eldritch
  5. Hemlock
  6. Moloch
  7. Samael


Creepy Goth Girl Names

  1. Gehenna
  2. Gossamer
  3. Inclementia
  4. Perdita


Evil & Morbid Gothic Names

  1. Belial
  2. Cain
  3. Crow
  4. Damian
  5. Demon
  6. Hannibal
  7. Lilith
  8. Lucifer
  9. Morte
  10. Necro
  11. Pancuronium
  12. Pestilentia


Gothic Names From Pop Culture & Literature

  1. Desdemona – “Othello
  2. Isolde – “Tristan and Isolde
  3. Lisbeth – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  4. Lydia – “Beetlejuice
  5. Oberon – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  6. Poison – “Batman
  7. Sadira – “Aladdin” TV series
  8. Titania – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Unique, Rare, & Uncommon Gothic Names

  1. Astrophel
  2. Ciaran
  3. Drusilla
  4. Melusine
  5. Ondine
  6. Severus


Virtue-Based Gothic Names

  1. Angel
  2. Clementine
  3. Destiny
  4. Faith
  5. Honor
  6. Mercy
  7. Salvation
  8. Trinity
  9. Vanity
  10. Verity


Celebrity-Inspired Gothic Names

  1. Angelina Jolie
  2. Ashley Olsen
  3. Christina Ricci
  4. Mary-Kate Olsen
  5. Willow Smith


Gothic Baby Names From A To Z

Gothic Names Starting With A

  1. Amaranth
  2. Asphodel 
  3. Auberon


Gothic Names Starting With B

  1. Bardolf
  2. Blackburne
  3. Brunhild


Gothic Names Starting With C

  1. Caedmon
  2. Ciara
  3. Corbin


Gothic Names Starting With D

  1. Dante
  2. Dorian


Gothic Names Starting With E

  1. Edgar
  2. Elysium
  3. Eoghan
  4. Eris
  5. Etienne 


Gothic Names Starting With F

  1. Fabian
  2. Faline 
  3. Felicia
  4. Feronia
  5. Forrest 


Gothic Names Starting With G

  1. Gawain
  2. Grendel
  3. Griffin
  4. Grimbald


Gothic Names Starting With H

  1. Hestia
  2. Hunter


Gothic Names Starting With I

  1. Ianira
  2. Idris
  3. Imbolc
  4. Ingram
  5. Isis
  6. Isolabella
  7. Israfel
  8. Izora


Gothic Names Starting With J

  1. Jael 
  2. Jairus
  3. Jasper
  4. Jett
  5. Jinx
  6. Jorin


Gothic Names Starting With K

  1. Kairos
  2. Kalon
  3. Kane 
  4. Kavita


Gothic Names Starting With L

  1. Lethia
  2. Lennon
  3. Llewella
  4. Lorelei


Gothic Names Starting With M

  1. Magenta
  2. Magna
  3. Malachi
  4. Martel 
  5. Merula
  6. Morrigan
  7. Morwenna
  8. Musette 


Gothic Names Starting with N

  1. Narcissa
  2. Niall 
  3. Nirvana
  4. Nodin


Gothic Names Starting With O

  1. Obsidian
  2. Orpheus
  3. Osanna 


Gothic Names Starting With P

  1. Perseus 
  2. Phelan
  3. Poe


Gothic Names Starting With Q

  1. Qadir
  2. Qinglong


Gothic Names Starting With R

  1. Ransley
  2. Rhapsody
  3. Riordan 
  4. Rose 
  5. Rue 


Gothic Names Starting With S

  1. Saber
  2. Sardonyx
  3. Scarlett 
  4. Semyazza 


Gothic Names Starting With T

  1. Thora 
  2. Timandra 


Gothic Names Starting With U

  1. Ulfred
  2. Ulva 
  3. Umbra
  4. Urien 
  5. Ursula


Gothic Names Starting With V

  1. Valentine
  2. Valerian
  3. Velika
  4. Velvet
  5. Vespera


Gothic Names Starting With W

  1. Waldron
  2. Wanette
  3. Whisper
  4. Winter
  5. Wolf


Gothic Names Starting With X

  1. Xavier
  2. Xenobia
  3. Xenos 
  4. Xylia 


Gothic Names Starting With Y

  1. Yama
  2. Ywain


Gothic Names Starting With Z

  1. Zacchaeus 
  2. Zane 
  3. Zephyr


Bonus: What’s The Most Emo Name?

  • Lila (Arabic baby girl name) – “Night”
  • Rainer (German boy name) – “Deciding warrior”



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