Halloween Names

Spooky ghosts and ghouls and goblins, witches and vampires and monsters, they all come out to haunt us on All Hallows’ Eve. But if you’re looking for Halloween names, you don’t have to go as far as Lucifer or Lestat or Morticia.

 

Here are a dozen Halloween names that you can actually consider using for your baby.  For more ideas, there are loads of great suggestions contributed on our forum about Halloween names–check it out!!

Photo by Kevin Nickel

BORIS

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Boris Karloff, who played Frankenstein’s monster, was William Henry Pratt before taking on the more exotic stage name of Boris. A Russian saint’s name, Boris has rarely been used for babies in this country—possibly because of this very Boris Karloff fear factor. But it has more benign namesakes like tennis champ Boris Becker and writer Boris Pasternak.

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Lola Says:

October 28th, 2011 at 10:39 am

Halloween is my very favorite Holiday! Of course, I like a lot of these names:
Boris – is actually very attractive said in Russian (something like bah-REES). But Boris in English falls flat to my ears.

Bram – Handsome & snazzy. I like him a lot.
Casper – is on my lists as Caspar. I super love him, so handsome!
Elvira – Love this as el-VEER-ah, but not el-VYE-rah.
Trixie – I’ve loved Trixie since I was 8, reading those books you mentioned. And it’s Trixie Belden, not Belson! 😀

Wednesday is the one day-of-the-week name that I love because of Adams. I’ve been a huge fan of his since I was a kid! I toy with Wednesday in the middle all the time!

anniebee Says:

October 28th, 2011 at 10:51 am

These are such clever references! My nephew was born on Halloween and though my sister didn’t ultimately choose a Halloween name, I think it would have been kinda cool, maybe for a middle.

Nyx Says:

October 28th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Boris makes me think of Boris Badenov of Boris and Natasha/Rocky and Bullwinkle fame. It’s not exactly a bad reference, but it was my first thought. I actually think I could grow to like Boris quite a bit. It’s got a strong feel to it.

Bram is a personal favorite of mine. In fact, Abraham is on my lists simply because it’s a way for me to get to Bram while still fulfilling my desire for full-names on a birth certificate.

Caspar is a name that I’ve wanted to love for years and years. However, I always think “friendly ghost” after hearing the name, and that’s not an association I necessarily want with my child’s name. However, I do like Gaspar and Jasper mainly because they are variants of one of my favorite childhood comics.

While nice to finally see a feminine name on the list, I could NEVER do Elvira. In my mind, she will forever be linked to a rather busty woman watching B movies. I’m pretty sure that if I ever met a cute 4 year-old Elvira with blond pig-tails, I would still somehow see the Mistress of the Dark 🙁

I can see Hitch catching on with some parents, especially if they are looking for a way to use the name Richard but don’t want Rich or Dick as a nickname. Hitch has a subtle cowboy-ish feel to me, but also fits with the surname trend.

Jack Skellington is another great Halloween reference for Jack. Jack is a great name… nothing more needs said.

Piper would not have been my choice for the name to highlight. Pru/Prudence or Phoebe would both have been infinitely better… but that’s just my own personal prejudice. I honestly don’t know what it is about Piper… but it somehow sounds forever juvenile. Maybe if it were a nickname for something…? Hmm…

Poe is a current find and new love for me. I love it’s simplicity, and the mystery and romance I feel whenever I hear or see the name. I alternately think Poet or Ghost (the Ghost is because of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time game).

Wow, another girls name and it’s another bust for me 🙁 . Regan feels masculine (although I know it’s rarely been used as such) and just doesn’t feel right on a girl to me.

I’m not sure whether Salem was meant to be a masculine or feminine name for this list. For me, Salem sounds very feminine. However, I did meet a family whose son had the middle name of Salem, and it worked equally well on him as I imagine it working on a girl. It’s a name I find appealing and wouldn’t mind seeing it gain some popularity.

Trixie is adorable… but my own personal preference is to put a fuller name on the birth certificate. Beatrix, Viatrix, or even Bellatrix (if you can get past the Harry Potter reference – however, a great dark and spooky name which is perfect for a Halloween baby ;-D ) would give a child more grown-up options (if she choses to go that direction).

As for Wednesday, I think it best left to a day of the week. In the nursery rhyme “Monday’s Child”, Wednesday represents a child “full of woe” (no doubt why they decided to use the name in the series). Since the word Wednesday relates to Woden/Odin, maybe you could get some inspiration from there when naming your child 😉

I <3 the list of names! However, my tastes must have gotten more campy as I've gotten older. For me, the best movie to watch on Halloween is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. One year I might even get up enough courage to actually dress up and go to a midnight showing 😛

clairels Says:

October 28th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Great list! I’d never thought about it, but now I absolutely love Salem for a girl.

skizzo Says:

October 28th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I love love love SALEM for a boy! It’s been one of my fav boy names for a very long time – don’t care about the witchtrial reference either, it just sounds good to me.

Boris and Bram I find kinda ugly, and Jack is just boring, not very interesting. Maybe the name Bela for a boy should’ve been included instead, for Bela Lugosi.

Casper is a cute name, and although its strongly connected to the ghost, I’d still use it if I really liked it.

Elvira is ok, Trixie I think works better as a nickname, not sure for what though. Love the name Piper ever since Charmed.

Wednesday is a bit too out there, but it could work on a girl or boy.

kalikeli Says:

October 28th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I love the name Trixie (she’s the heroine of one of our favorite books, Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems) but I have heard that it’s slang for a prostitute – i.e. tricks-y. Has anyone else heard that?

bluedahlia Says:

October 28th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I love Bram & Poe but Hitch most of all. Being a huge Hitchcock fan I always wanted this on the MN list, but nobody else seemed to approve. So it is nice to see it on this blog. I fully support the use of Wednesday too.
Regan/Reagan is not appealing to me; it’s very masculine & its more associated with US politics than with the Exorcist imo.

Mary-la Says:

October 29th, 2011 at 2:13 am

It’s Trixie Belden!! Not Belson. Silly nameberry.

And I love Trixie, Bram, Jack and Piper. Wednesday and Casper are pretty cool too. I can’t quite agree with Salem, Poe, Hitch, Boris or Regan though. And I despise Elvira. Sorry.

thetxbelle Says:

October 29th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

My nephews middle name is Osiris (o-SIE-ris), it has a little bit of a darker meaning since it refers to the god of the dead in Egyptian mythology.

namemuststay Says:

October 29th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Hitch and Poe would be my favourites of the Halloween-inspired names (as middle names), or perhaps Luna for “moon.”

I’m Canadian, born in the ’80s – whenever I hear the name Bram, I think of children’s performers Sharon, Lois, and Bram, and their song “Skinnamarinky dinky dink, skinnamarinky doo.” I can’t use it, and I have plenty of friends who feel the exact same way. They had the most popular kid’s TV show in the country outside of Sesame Street (US import) and the Polka Dot Door!

By the light of the Moon – A Halloween-ish post « Want My Advice? Says:

October 31st, 2011 at 2:24 am

[…] recently released a list of subtle Halloween choices from Bram (like Stoker’s Dracula) to Trixie. Ironically, before I began to scroll, the first […]

By the light of the Moon – A Halloween-ish post « The Name Station Says:

September 2nd, 2012 at 9:20 pm

[…] recently released a list of subtle Halloween choices from Bram (like Stoker’s Dracula) to Trixie. Ironically, before I began to scroll, the first […]

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