Vampire Names Bite Back!
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to lift the lid on vampire baby names. It’s been a few years since we last covered them, and the vampire world — and the pool of fangtastic names — just keeps growing.
When you’re naming a vampire, you have several options:
Vampire-next-door names are for vampires who try to fit into the human world. These include the timelessly-named Twilight vampires, like Edward, Alice and James. There’s also True Blood with its older generation of names like Bill, Eric and Pam… and Terry Pratchett’s reformed character John “Not-A-Vampire-At-All” Smith.
Next-big-thing vampire names also blend into the human world, but stand out for being super-stylish. They may already be on the rise for babies, and a popular vampire book/show/movie can give them an extra boost. I promise I’m not going to mention Twilight all the time, but Stephenie Meyer was a fashion-forward namer, using up-and coming names like Emmett, Esme, Felix and Jasper years before they really took off.
International vampire names reflect that they’re a multicultural bunch. Eastern and Central European names are popular, as you’d expect from Dracula’s roots in Transylvania, but other nationalities are available, like Anne Rice’s Armand and Santiago. There’s also a strong contingent of Japanese vampires, such as the Manga series Vampire Knight with its lead bloodsuckers Yuki and Zero.
Gothic vampire names are those with a dark, dramatic flavor. These include names from myth and the ancient world like Aphrodite and Neferet in the House of Night series; atmospheric word names such as Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s Jaguar and Darren Shan’s Meteor; and inventions like the moody respellings in the Black Dagger Brotherhood (Phury and Zsadist, anyone?).
And let’s not forget the comedy vampire names that you’re not likely to see in any baby name announcements, like Monster High’s Draculaura and Elissabat.
Here’s a selection of mouthwatering vampire names: one male and one female for (almost) every letter of the alphabet. They range from literary classics through Young Adult fiction and video games. Some are on-trend, some are offbeat, and none of them would be scary on a human baby.
Vampire names A-Z
Claudia (The Vampire Chronicles including Interview with the Vampire) — Just left the Top 1000, but still timeless.Caelan (Skulduggery Pleasant) — Between Callan and Kayden, this has a sound that’s the height of cool now.
Gloriana (Glory St. Clair series) — Unashamedly frilly and, as the curvy vampire shows, could be Glory for short.Garrett (Twilight saga) — A well-established member of the cool -tt ending group of boy names.
Quinlan (The Strain) — Irish surname with great potential.
Sophie–Anne (The Southern Vampire Mysteries) — Sweet anglo-french double name that feels like an update of Mary Ann.Silas (The Graveyard Book) — Neil Gaiman was on the pulse with this vampire janitor’s name, also endorsed by Justin Timberlake.
Ursula (The Vampire Chronicles) — A favorite for many name lovers, though unfairly neglected on the charts… in other words, right in the sweet spot.
Did we include your favorite vampire name? Happy Halloween!