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Gothic Baby Names

Gothic baby names relate to the culture that combines horror with romanticism. Gothic can refer to the medieval or the modern; Gothic style encompasses music and architecture, literature and fashion. Here are some names that, for a range of reasons, might be considered Gothic. Baby appropriate? In a dark sort of way....
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  • Rue

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    Rue has gone from Golden Girls actress to Hunger Games heroine. This botanical name is also a double word name, meaning regret in English and street in French, and has real potential as a middle na... Read More 

  • Storm

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    Windswept and dramatic, but perhaps asking for trouble.  Read More 

  • Tanis

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    This obscure name found in Sinclair Lewis's 1923 novel Babbitt is a bit hipper than most other is-ending names like Janis and Doris.  Read More 

  • Tempest

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    Tempest is one of those names that could go either way. Cool, evocative modern word name? Or a name that has stripper written all over it? Your call, but if you decide the former image is domina... Read More 

  • Thorn

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  • Ursa

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    Better to stick with the name in full, as this sounds a bit too much like a crossword puzzle clue for a body part.  Read More 

  • Wednesday

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    Name made famous by the macabre character Wednesday -- middle name: Friday -- Addams is taken from the name of the day dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon god Woden, who relates to Mercury. Cartoonist au... Read More 

  • Wolf

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    Wolf is a name with a split personality. It can be seen as one of the fierce animal names, like Fox and Bear and Puma, with a touch of the werewolf, or it can be viewed as a quieter, Wolf Blitzer k... Read More 

  • Xanthe

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    X marks the spot in names these days, usually at the middles or ends of names, but here is one that puts it squarely up front. This exotic name, which, like all Greek names beginning with 'x' is p... Read More 

  • Zelda

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    Classified as an early exotic, Zelda has long and often been used as such for characters in books and films. Since 1986, Zelda has been a prime Nintendo name, as in the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Pr... Read More 

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