Bewitching Halloween Names

For Halloween, what could be more bewitching than the names of witches? And the good thing is that they’re not all hideously ugly with warts and moles and hair on their chinny-chin-chins. And they’re not all totally evil either. In addition to the traditionally witchy witches, pop culture has brought us some who are nice and funny and even beautiful—think Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Novak. Here’s a mix of possible witch-inspired names for your Halloween baby.


Gillian

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In the 1958 movie Bell, Book and Candle, Gillian Holyroyd, played by Kim Novak, is a Greenwich Village witch who runs a primitive art gallery and uses her supernatural powers for her own romantic ends. Curiously, Nicole Kidman’s witch character in Practical Magic has the same name. Gillian, a common name in medieval England and still well used in the UK, is often spelled with a J. Either way, it’s an attractive option, retaining some of its British accent.

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vanessaaball Says:

October 25th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Be still my heart! I love this list. So many frilly yet elegant names. There is a special place in my heart for Eglantine.

Finuneby Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 12:30 am

I love love love love Lavender! Really hoping that it doesn’t catch on.

CaraMichelle Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 12:35 am

Tabitha is one of my new favorite names! It’s just really appealed to me lately. I have a soft spot for the show Bewitched, too.

stripedsocks Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 12:39 am

Sabrina is my favourite by a healthy margin, followed by Tabitha and Ravenna.

No witch connection, but Lilac beats Lavender for me.

Mara_lyn86 Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 12:59 am

I like a lot of these names. Winifred has been one of my favorites since I read Tuck Everlasting when I was younger, but my DH doesn’t like it.

I like Tabitha, and Lavender is lovely. It has the Roald Dahl association’s for me before the Harry Potter associations.

Ravenna is an interesting name. I think it has appeal. Too bad she was evil though.

Like Gillian as well. Lovely post!

Poppy528 Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 2:31 am

Oooh this post is a treat! I’ll get to see Nessarose, Galinda, & Elphaba in Wicked this weekend!

Once Upon a Time has witches Regina & her mom Cora.

Waverly might be my favorite “witchy” name. (;

aunt_ning Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 6:51 am

Actually, there were 4 sisters on Charmed. After Pru died Paige was found to be a long lost sister, and Paige is just as an awesome name as Pru, Pipe and Phoebe!

ottilie Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 7:33 am

Love this list! My favourites are Tabitha, Winifred, Lavender & Piper (Prudence & Phoebe). I also really like Nessarose…

Kibby Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 8:16 am

Love love Lavender!!!! Guilty pleasure!!!

roselang Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 8:22 am

I just met a two and a half year old named Winifred nn Winnie! It was so cute on a little girl. My favorite on the list is Lavender, but I’m afraid it would be shortened to Lav (like lavatory); not so cute…

lkbee Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 10:33 am

We named our daughter Tabitha! I love that she has a special name that you don’t hear everyday. At first I was worried about the association with Bewitched, but it’s been a nonissue. Plus, I don’t think her generation will know the show.

bderosia Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I love this list its so new and original compaired to other holloween name lists I’ve seen.

alzora Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Nellarose would be a sweet alternative to Nessarose, and solves the problem of too many s’s.

spotlightstarlit Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

All these names have the makings of great, inclusive sib-sets, my favorite being:

Phoebe, Tabitha, Sabrina & Lavender!

Tressa Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I love that you included Nessarose!
If my name wasn’t Tressa, I would totally consider it.

Don’t forget about all those wonderful Once Upon a Time names too- Snow/Mary Margaret, Cora, Jefferson etc…

encore Says:

October 26th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I never knew it was Glinda and not Glenda.

stripedsocks Says:

October 27th, 2012 at 6:58 am

The best witches, are, however, forever Gytha and Esmerelda, aka Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax from Discworld.

Nanny Ogg would so give Glinda a clip around the ear ‘ole she’d never forget. And probably steal her sparkly dress.

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LexieM Says:

October 28th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

So glad someone mentioned the Discworld Witches but I think one should add Magrat (Ma-grat), Agnes, and Tiffany. (There are of course more but these are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.

Also there are really four Halliwell/Matthews sisters. Prudence/Prue, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige. (They forgot little half sister Paige from the list).

LyndsayJenness Says:

October 28th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

If I ever happen to have twin girls on Halloween, they’ll totally be Sabrina and Tabitha, so cute. Who knew there were so many great witch names? I hope there’s a similar boys list coming!

therobc Says:

October 30th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

We gave our daughter a witch name that wasn’t on this list: Rain (Elphaba’s granddaugher who features prominently in the fourth Wicked book). Well she was 2/3 named after the character and 1/3 because we liked the sound of it and the idea of referring to a natural phenomenon in the name.

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

June 7th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I agree that this list has some great names. Some I like but doubt I would ever use, Lavender and Winifred, although I love the nicknames Lav and Winnie. Then there’s Tabitha, Piper and Gillian, which I love. Sabrina has a different association than the show, otherwise, I’m sure I’d love that one as well. But I also love the other three Charmed sisters’ names. Phoebe and Paige are beautiful, but I’m a sucker for the nickname Prue from eldest sister Prudence, which is why, after Piper, it’s definitely my favorite!

Haids1987 Says:

April 1st, 2016 at 9:33 am

Great list! These are all so intriguing.

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