Halloween Names: 13 bewitching witch names
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.
- Aja is a witch who led her own coven in Season 4 of the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries. Could Aja join similar names like Ava, Ada, Ana and Aya? Aja was long associated with the title of a classic Steely Dan album." >
- 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." >
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch character Dreama is a (clumsy) high school student sent for Sabrina to mentor in witchery. If you’re not a fan of word names, this is nice way of feminizing Dream. A real life bearer is actress Dreama Walker, seen in Gossip Girl and The Good Wife." >
- Maria the Virgin Witch, Edwina is a shy witch who helps and then rescues Maria. Other character names in the series include Lolotte, Viv and Artemis. Edwina is a charming vintage name not yet rediscovered, with a choice of cute nicknames." >
- Izetta the Last Witch’s eponymous character’s magical powers include transforming ordinary objects into weapons. This could provide an extremely unusual and distinctive path to the nickname Izzie." >
- Keziah Mason, a witch with a history that dates back to the Salem witch trials. A lovely and rarely used name borne by the biblical Keziah, who was a daughter of Job in the Old Testament." >
- Harry Potter witch, I’m going for the lovely Lavender. One of several attractive purple-hued color names, with an aura of nostalgic charm, Lavender is now #325 on Nameberry." >
- Legend of Zelda, first released in 1986, Maple is an apprentice witch to her grandmother Syrup (makes sense!). Sweet Maple is a recent addition to the nature category, already used by two celebs and newly ranked in the Nameberry Top 1000." >
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Marigold Wiccan was featured in the A Halloween Story episode. Marigold is one of the sunniest and most charming of the new floral choices, popular in children’s books and on Nameberry." >
- Black Cauldron, based on a Lloyd Alexander novel. An unusual Welsh name, Orwen is kind of a cross between Arwen and Olwen." >
- Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels involve characters based on witches in old British folklore, one of the youngest of whom is the kind and considerate Petulia Gristle. Petulia is a variation of Petula—itself an invention created for the British singer Petula Clark by her father. It has a nice Petal-y feel." >
- Cate Tiernan, Thais Allard is a primary character, the 17-year-old twin sister of Clio, who learns witchcraft from her grandmother, as many young witches appear to have done. The Greek name Thais, pronounced THAI-ees, has been a Top 100 name in France for several years." >
- Thessaly first appeared in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics series and then later starred in her own adventures. This delicate Greek place name, an aural cousin of Cecily, also boasts the currently popular Th beginning." >
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on 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”?
on 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”.
on 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.
on 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!
Maud Spellbody (played by an actress named Meibh)
Drusilla Paddock (played by a Tallulah)
Felicity Foxglove (played by a Dagny)
on October 20th, 2017 at 3:33 pm
@LoveBugsMama, I think Hallow itself would make a great witch name or Halloween baby name.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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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