Halloween Names: 13 bewitching witch names

Beyond Samantha & Sabrina

By Linda Rosenkrantz

One of the most recognizable images of Halloween is that of a witch riding her broomstick across a full moon, which explains why trick-or-treat expeditions have long featured little girls garbed in black with tall pointy hats and maybe a few warts and moles. But pop culture has given us a variety of witches, some of which are actually nice and comical and even beautiful. So if you’re looking for a baby name that subtly references the holiday, here’s a mix of unusual witch-inspired names way beyond the expected Samantha and Sabrina.


In current pop culture, Desdemona is a powerful main character in the second season of Every Witch Way. Definitely a blonde baddie. Her name, shunned for centuries because of the tragic Shakespearean character, is now being considered by adventurous parents, having cracked the Nameberry Top 1000 this year.


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mill1020 Says:

October 19th, 2017 at 11:45 pm

Thessaly and Izetta seem especially witchy to me. Wasn’t Lavender a Roald Dahl character who was “a total washout”?

tfzolghadr Says:

October 20th, 2017 at 2:29 am

There’s also that Hallmark show “The Good Witch” . The main character is Cassie… granted the whole show is not very witchy. There’s Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. Then there are Winifred, Mary, and Sarah from “Hocus Pocus”.

beynotce Says:

October 20th, 2017 at 8:45 am

Keziah, Thais, and Thessaly are my favorites from this list – all satisfyingly witchy, all refreshing, all perfectly wearable.

I find that nature names suit witches quite nicely, but they don’t read particularly witchy to me – not even Lavender nor Maple.

Poor Aja will always strike me as a kre8tyve spin on Asia, I think.

LoveBugsMama Says:

October 20th, 2017 at 2:04 pm

Fun article. My 9-year old daughter and I love the series, The Worst Witch. It’s filled with tons of great character (and actress!) names. Those Brits know how to pick a gorgeous name!

Mildred Hubble
Maud Spellbody (played by an actress named Meibh)
Enid Nightshade
Ethel Hallow
Esmerelda Hallow
Drusilla Paddock (played by a Tallulah)
Felicity Foxglove (played by a Dagny)

mill1020 Says:

October 20th, 2017 at 3:33 pm

@LoveBugsMama, I think Hallow itself would make a great witch name or Halloween baby name.

Bobcat108 Says:

October 20th, 2017 at 3:39 pm

Miss Lavendar was a character in Anne of Avonlea (& made brief appearances or was mentioned in some of the following Anne books). I suppose she could be seen as somewhat of a witchy character…she lived w/only her maid in a little old-fashioned house out in the woods, although (spoiler alert) after marrying she didn’t fit the witchy role.

ArialKibosh Says:

October 22nd, 2017 at 3:26 pm

I made a post in Baby Names a couple of weeks ago and said I liked Hallie for a Halloween baby! Not “witchy” but definitely Halloweeny.
I’ve loved Dreama since I was a teenager (about 15 years) and didn’t know it was a STTW character, I’m guessing it’s from the last couple of seasons that I didn’t watch.
I love Lavender, my Hallie name has Lavender as a MN! Lavender is also Matilda’s friend in Dahl’s Matilda story.
I love Thessaly too, I have it as a MN for another combo.
Thais is new to me, but I like it.

Haids1987 Says:

October 24th, 2017 at 9:31 am

What a great list! Halloween is my favorite holiday, and all these witchy names in one spot just makes my heart happy!

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