Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
This really must be the season of the witch—there’s two great witchy new shows, The Witches of East End and American Horror Story: Coven—and now there’s even talk of a Charmed reboot. The cool thing is that many of these witchy characters come with enchanting names that might be worth considering for your daughter.
• Fiona is an Scottish name currently worn by the Witch Supreme in American Horror Story: Coven (and played by the ever-amazing Jessica Lange). It means white or fair—though the current Fiona is hardly a white witch. The name’s been on a slow but steady rise since the early 1990s, and currently is nearing the 200th spot in popularity for girls.
• Willow’s one of the coolest witchy characters, courtesy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She’s Buffy’s adorably nerdy best pal who dabbles in witchery, until a tragic death makes her go to the dark side. Willow’s an up-and-coming nature name, currently at #171 for girls.
• If you love Harry Potter, odds are good you love one of two witches featured in the story—Hermione, his brilliant BFF, or Luna, the offbeat pal who joins the crew to help defeat Voldemort. Hermione, which means messenger, still hasn’t broken into the top 1000, but not long after J.K. Rowling introduced Luna to the world, the name took off—it went from #890 to #223 in less than a decade.
• Truth be told, I haven’t had a chance to catch Witches of East End yet, but I’m loving the name Freya. It’s a Scandinavian name that means noble, and was also used for Merlin’s love interest on the BBC’s show.
• Wicked turned Glinda the good witch into Galinda, which I like a bit better. No word on the meaning, but I’m guessing it’s something like beautiful, given the “Linda” at the end.
• Phoebe was Alyssa Milano’s witchy Halliwell sister on Charmed. It means “shining one,” and it’s currently #303 in popularity here in the U.S.
• Sabrina was a Celtic goddess long before she was the teenage witch of 1990s sitcom fame. The name is currently #275 here in the U.S.
• Some might call Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks one of rock’s most bewitching singers, but her song Rhiannon was about a truly bewitching character from Welsh legend. The name means “divine queen,” and it was red hot after the song came out—but it dropped out of the top 1000 names back in 2008.
• Anne Rice may be known for her vampire novels, but she also wrote a witch series with a clever heroine, Rowan Mayfair. Rowan is a Scottish name that means red-head, and it’s just about to crack the top 300 in the U.S.
What cool witchy names did I miss? Share your favorites in the comments. And if you want to find out more about a baby name you like, check out our Baby Name Finder!
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Let’s face it–Halloween is one cool holiday. No big, long to-do list like Christmas, no massive meal to assemble like Thanksgiving. Just fun costumes, a good scare or two–and lots and lots of candy.
If you’re due around now, you might be tempted to give your little pumpkin a name that suits the occasion. Here are a few killer names to start your brainstorm:
Damien The Satanic offspring in the classic The Omen actually helped bring his name to popularity.
Jason Any horror movie buff worth her salt knows all about Jason Voorhees and his reign of Friday the 13th terror. It’s been a top 100 name for the past 30 years.
Lilith The name of Adam’s alleged first wife has become synonymous with demons–and she was the cool and aloof ex-wife of Frasier Crane on both Cheers and Frasier.
Poe The surname of one of America’s foremost horror authors, Edgar Allan Poe, can serve as a great name for either boys or girls (consider it as a cool one-syllable middle name, too).
Samara Remember that creepy girl from The Ring? You know, the one who killed everyone with her video? Her name has been in the top 600 names since the movie came out.
Jack Think jack o’ lantern or Jack the Ripper–but either way, this scarily good name is a real winner (it’s also been a top 50 name for most of the past century).
Bela Remove one “l” from the ultra-populargirls’ name Bella, and you can name your boy after the legendary Mr. Lugosi, who made Dracula so unforgettable. (The name Bela actually means “white.”)
Vincent Vincent Price was the king of classic horror cinema (there was just something creepy in the tenor of his voice).
Bram The author of the granddaddy of all vampire novels, Bram Stoker, deserves a nod. His name is a variant on Abraham, and means “father of many.”
Norman Hitchcock’s slasher manifesto, Psycho, featured the delightfully unhinged hotel proprietor, Norman Bates–a worthy name choice for your Halloween baby.
Regan The possessed little girl who turned her head around and vomited green in the all-too-creepy classic The Exorcist sports a name that used to be a boys’ name–but thanks to Linda Blair’s performance, it’s all for girls now.
Luna A name that literally means “moon” is perfect for the season.
Rosemary Is this just a fragrant herb that signifies remembrance–or the name of the mother of Satan, a la Rosemary’s Baby? You decide.
Salem The New England town that once burned its witches at the stake now embraces its witchy past–and sports a name that could work for a baby of either sex.
Would you give your Halloween baby a spooky name?
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