Thursday, October 4, 2012

Witchy Baby Girl Names!

circe invidiosa john william waterhouse
Circe Invidiosa by John William Waterhouse

Have a little girl due in October? Looking to name a character? Here's my [seemingly endless] list of witchy-sounding baby names. Most of them also fit in the "clunky but cool" category, or "vintage." Most plants, trees, herbs, spices, flowers, gems, space and nature names fit the bill, because in stories and current practice these things are useful to witches. I've put any actual witch names from legend, myth, literature, movies, etc in bold and up front. I have not considered the names of actual, living people or their Pagan names, and I've left out any characters that only have a surname, or truly ridiculous given names. In the second half you'll see a list of names that, to my knowledge, have not been used for witch characters. Please know that this is not a complete list. Wikipedia has an almost complete list you can view here.

Tabitha, Samantha, Endora, Clara, Serena (Bewitched)
Katrina (Katrina Crane, most recent use in Sleepy Hollow TV series)
Tamsin Blight
Alexandra (Witches of Waverly Place)
Samona (The Crafters)
Vanessa, Ida, Linnea (Engelsfors)
Juniper (Wise Child, Juniper)
Gwen, Marnie, Sophie (Halloweentown)
Lydia (Upper Gatton)
Tilly (Tilly Witch)
Jillian, Antonia, Sally, Kylie, Frances, Maria, Bridget (Practical Magic)
Elspeth (Snow White: Fairest of Them All)
Triss (The Witcher)
Orwen (The Black Cauldron)
Evanora, Theodora, Glinda (Oz the Great and Powerful)
Grace, Kyrene, Ivalaine (The Last Rune)
Isobel (The Ravencliff Series)
Alecto, Penelope, Narcissa, Minerva, Hestia, Ginevra, Millicent, Luna, Hermione, Bathilda, Lavender, Bellatrix, Arabella, Astoria, Wilhelmina, Mafalda, Merope, Bertha, Augusta, Griselda, Pansy, Irma, Poppy, Helena, Demelza, Pomona, Aurora, Andromeda, Nymphadora, Sybill, Romilda, Septima, Rosmerta, Rolanda, Helga (Harry Potter, not a complete list)
Diana (A Discovery of Witches)
Cordelia, Fiona, Myrtle, Zoe, Delphine, Madison, Misty, Cecily, Queenie (American Horror Story: Coven)
Marnie, Antonia, Holly (True Blood)
Ilse (Ilse Witch)
Rumina (The Adventures of Sinbad)
Jennifer (I Married a Witch)
Winifred, Mary, Sarah (Hocus Pocus)
Aradia, Befana (Italian legends)
Merrick, Deirdre, Rowan (Anne Rice novels)
Mildred, Divina, Drusilla, Maud, Fenella, Griselda, Enid, Agatha, Amelia, Ethel, Mona, Sybil, Constance, Henrieta, Deirdre, Ruby (The Worst Witch)
Morgan/Morgana, Fay (Arthurian)
Bronach (Celtic legends)
Karnilla, Wanda, Margali, Amanda, Topaz, Agatha (Marvel comics)
Sabrina, Hilda, Zelda, Della, Galiena, Esmeralda, Rosalind, Gail, Katrina (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
Palatine, Mercy, Mary (Salem TV series)
Melisandre, Melisande (the first spelling is Game of Thrones)
Edwina (Maria the Virgin Witch)
Violet (Dogwitch)
Angelica (Fear Street)
Alexandra, Jane, Sukie (The Witches of Eastwick)
Gothel, Gothelle (Rapunzel stories)
Elvira (vintage TV appearances)
Cyprine (Sailor Moon)
Olympia, Mabel (Which Witch)
Briony (Chime)
Morwen, Shiara (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)
Circe, Medea, Lamia (mythology, but Lamia is also from Stardust)
Esme, Letitia, Gwinifer, Beryl, Erzulie, Ammeline, Desiderata, Brenda, Nettle, Letty, Gytha, Amber, Diamanda, Alison (Discworld)
Serafina (The Golden Compass)
Ravenna (Snow White and the Huntsman)
Ursula (if you count sea witches)
Matilda (movie of the same name)
Fuamnach (a witch in Irish myth, pronounced FWEM-nah)
Angitia (an ancient Italian goddess with the power of witchcraft)
Annis (aka Agnes, English folklore)
Faye, Cassie, Melissa, Diana, Laurel, Dawn (The Secret Circle)
Rowena (Supernatural)
Zelena, Cora, Regina (Once Upon a Time TV show although I think they call themselves sorceresses, if you're picky about the difference)
Belladonna (The Herbs, TV)
Marzanna (Baltic goddess)
Nicnevin (Scottish folklore)
Tituba (American history)
Keziah (The Dreams in the Witch House by H.P. Lovecraft)
Fortuna (The Last Unicorn)
Griselda again (Shrek, reproduction of Hansel and Gretel)
Adrazelle, Malicella, Melusine (Melusine comics)
Hilda (Broom-Hilda)
Eglantine (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
Romilda (Yra)
Mab (1998 movie "Merlin" but also Graveyard School)
Mim (The Sword and the Stone, Disney)
Hazel (Looney Tunes)
Alice, Marina, Julia, Margo, Kady (The Magicians)
Thais, Cleo, Petra (Balefire)
Glinda, Gayelette (Wizard of Oz)
Elphaba (Maguire novel)
Jadis (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Wendy (Casper the Ghost, also Witches of East End)
Freya, Ingrid, Joanna (Witches of East End)
Cassandra (Greek myth)
Marie Leveau (New Orleans, debatable witchy-ness)
Phoebe, Piper, Pru, Paige, Patricia, Penny (Charmed)
Yvaine, Semele (Stardust)
Sybil (multiple sources)
Ceridwen (Celtic goddess)
Carravogue (pronounced kar-vohg)
Kikimora (although more of a haunting spirit)
Zeniba and Yubaba (Spirited Away)
Viviane, Nimue (other names are Nineve, Nyneve - she's Lady of the Lake and Merlin's beau)
Kiki (Kiki's Delivery Service)
Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Winnie (Winnie the Witch)
Thessaly (The Sandman)
Qetsiyah, Bonnie, Celeste (The Vampire Diaries)
Miranda, Ileana, Alexandra (Twitches)
Gillian (Salem Falls, also Bell, Book and Candle)
Sarafine, Ridley, Lena (Caster Chronicles)
Gemma (The Gemma Doyle trilogy)
Izetta (Izetta the Last Witch)

And here is the list of names that really ought to be witch names (and to my knowledge are not):

Abyssinnia
Acantha
Accalia
Adria
Aeronwen
Aeronwy
Agnessa
Aisling
Alienor
Allegra
Allifair
Allura
Almerinda
Aludra
Alvina
Alyona
Ama
Amalthea
Amarantha
Amaryllis
Ambra
Ambrosia
Amethyst
Amoret
Anchoret
Andora
Andrina
Angharad
Anka
Annika
Antalya
Antonia
Araminta
Archina
Ariadne
Arianell
Arianwen
Arietta
Arrietty
Ariska
Arolilja
Artemisia
Aspasia
Aspen
Asphodel
Aster
Asteria
Audra
Aurelia
Avalon
Basia
Basilia
Begonia
Belinda
Bellicent
Belphoebe
Belva
Berengaria
Betony
Blanca
Bradamante
Briallen
Brianda
Briar
Brigantia
Brunissende
Calandra
Calendula
Calixta
Callisto
Calluna
Calpurnia
Calvina
Calypso
Carmen, Carmenta
Carnelia
Casimira (Kasimira)
Casilda
Caspia
Catkin
Celine
Cenawen
Ceridwen
Charmaine
Chrysanthe
Chloris
Cinder
Clarabel
Clary
Clelia
Clover
Cora
Coraline
Cordula
Coriander
Corisande
Cornelia
Cosima
Coventina
Crescentia
Cressida
Crimson
Cybele
Cyparissia
Cyprina
Cyra
Cytheria
Dagmar
Demetria/Demitria
Desdemona
Desideria
Divinia
Dorigen
Dorothea
Dorothy
Doveva
Dracaena
Dulcinea
Eartha
Edda
Edmina
Eilonwy
Ekaterina
Elaine
Elisheva
Eliska
Elladine
Elora
Elowen
Eluned
Elva
Ember
Embla
Emelda
Emerald
Endrina
Enora
Eris
Ermintrude
Eruca
Esmeralda
Esmerina
Etreya
Eudoxia
Evan
Evadne
Fairuza
Falena
Famke
Fauna
Faunella
Faustina
Felixia
Fenicia
Fentress
Ferelith
Fern
Fiamma
Fiammetta
Fiorella
Freesia
Frida
Fruszina
Gaia
Galatea
Galena
Genoveva
Gilda
Golda
Gossamer
Gregoria
Greta
Gretchen
Gwendolen
Gwenora
Gwenyth
Halcyon
Halona
Hallow
Helsa
Hera
Hesper
Ilithyia
Imelda
Imogen
Inga
Ingaret
Ione
Inka
Isabeau
Isadora
Isaura
Iseult
Ismay
Isola
Isolde
Iva
Ivy
Jasmina
Jera
Jessamyn
Joss
Juna, Junia
Juno
Kerensa
Kolfinna
Ksenia
Laerke
Larimar
Lavandula
Lavinia
Lazaria
Leda
Lenore
Leonora
Lilac
Linaria
Lionella
Lira
Loredana
Loria
Lucania
Lucasta
Lucerne
Lucinda
Lucretia
Luella
Lunaria
Lunette
Lura
Lyra
Madchen
Madelena
Maeve
Magda
Malgosia
Maple
Marjolaine
Maudeline
Maybritt
Mazarine
Melania
Melantha
Melinda
Meliora
Meredith
Merida
Milla
Mindy
Morag
Morrigan
Morwenna
Moschatella
Myristica
Mythili
Niamh
Nell
Nelleke
Nerissa
Octavia
Odessa
Odilia
Oleander
Olive
Ombria
Oona
Opal
Ophelia
Oriana
Oriole
Orlena
Ornella
Osa
Oscalie
Ostara
Otylia
Ovidia
Parsley
Parthenia
Pendra
Penna
Penrose
Perdita
Pernilla
Persephone
Petronella
Petrosine
Phaedra
Philomena
Plumeria
Portia
Pressine/Pressyne
Primula
Prisca
Prisma
Prunella
Ragna
Rania
Rasia
Raven
Rhiannon
Rilla
Romilly
Rona
Ronia
Rozlyn
Rubia
Runa
Rusalka
Sabeline
Saga
Sage
Samara
Saoirse
Sapphira
Saskia
Sasparilla
Scarlet
Scirocco
Sefarina
Selina
Senna
Sephora
Seren
Serine
Sidonia
Silvana
Silveria
Siobhan
Sirena
Sophrona
Sophronia
Sorcha
Sorrel
Stellaluna
Sunna
Susilva
Sybilla
Sylvie
Tamarix
Tanwen
Tempany
Tempest
Terra
Tess
Thalassa
Theodosia
Theria
Thistle
Thomasina
Thora
Timea
Tindra
Torny
Tova
Tressa
Tryphena
Trystine
Twila, Twyla
Ulyana
Umbrielle
Una
Uriana
Urielle
Ursa
Ursinia
Yara
Vasilisa
Vesper
Viridiana
Wendelina
Wilda
Wilhelmina
Winifrieda
Wisteria
Xanthe
Yelena
Valeska
Venla
Verbena
Verena
Vilhelmina
Vivian
Zarina
Zenobia
Zephrya
Zinovia
Zoffany
Zora
Zoseline
Zosia

Updated 5/16/17

19 comments:

  1. This list is a goldmine! So many awesome names :)

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  2. Prue, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige from Charmed!

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  3. This list is so amazing and helpful!!!
    And I have no problems with this, but I just had to observe that you have 'Sybil' on here twice.
    I'm pretty sure.
    I could be wrong. :)
    THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!!

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  4. Malefecent from sleeping beauty, clarimond from that french gothic novel about vampires, hortesine, bonnie the witch from vampire diares, willow from buffy, mildred, maud moonshine, ethel, davinia, ruby, ect from the worst witch tv series-wikipedia gives the full list.

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  5. Don't forget Leokadia

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  6. My cousins name is Lucrecia and her cat is Lenore, my moms best friend's name is Laurel and you guys forgot Freyja... Now that is one hell of a beautiful name

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  7. I like the name Lycra. Dunno why. Just do.

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  8. My suggestions: Alizen, and Genevieve :)

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  9. Ingrid, Wendy, Freya from WoEE and also the name Salem.

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  10. My daughter's names are Wisteria and Esmeralda

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  11. My birth name Is Lydia my witch name is Morningstar

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  12. My name vivian is on here, I also recommend the names Prudence, autumn, and shadow

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  13. Wow thank you! I write a TON of witch stories, so I'm always on the hunt for amazing, unused names. This is perfect!

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