Last year the world was falling into the icy clutches of the vampires. The Salvatore brothers of L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries were fighting over the beautiful Elena Gilbert, lethally handsome Edward Cullen once again rescued his mortal love, Bella Swann from a gruesome death in the new Twilight movie, Eclipse, and a vampire child by the name of Abby has been terrifying audiences in Matt Reeve’s new film Let Me In.
Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to escape the bite of immortality, but fear not fellow name lovers! There is hope for us mortals yet, a hope that comes in a very furry form.
This Halloween goes to the wolves. The vampire reign is in danger of coming to a close as the popularity of werewolves quickly rises. The vampire-werewolf rivalry is one of the oldest feuds in existence, so it’s no wonder that we humans have been caught in the middle once again. At least the wolves will get the vampires off our backs for a bit. Right?
Okay. You may be thinking that werewolves are just as bad as vampires, but let’s think about this. Unlike vampires who have absolutely no escape from their condition, unless they go a day without sunscreen, werewolves only change during a full moon. So if someone you love is carrying the curse of the Lycan, it’s best to take a little vacation from them once a month. After all, we all need a little me time. Also, werewolves aren’t constantly craving your blood. They’re actually quite normal in human form (I should know because I used to date one), whereas vampires obsess over the sound of blood pumping through your veins. Hence, werewolves are the lesser of two evils.
Still not convinced? I have two words for you: Jacob Black. He’s a young wolf, but believe me when I say he is fit enough to take on the toughest vampires around. And Mason Lockwood, the newest addition to the T.V. series The Vampire Diaries even has big bad Damon Salvatore peeping over his shoulder at night. Sir Anthony Hopkins may be in his seventies, but that didn’t stop him from howling at the moon as Sir John Talbot in last year’s horror flick Wolfman. And a word of warning to parents of adolescent boys: that extra hair growth and mood swings may be a little more than typical puberty. They may actually be signs that he’s turning into a werewolf like Scott Howard, played by Michael J. Fox in Teen Wolf. Puberty is a tough time. Let the kid go a day without cleaning his room.
Werewolves also rival vampires in the name field. Below is a list of werewolf names from film and literature.
Veruca (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
Vivian (Blood And Chocolate)
Clayton (Industrial Magick)
Jeremy (Industrial Magick)
Karl (Personal Demon)
Rich (Nature Of The Beast)
Tyler (The Vampire Diaries)
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Nameberry intern Danielle Miksza currently resides in her hometown of Jersey City where she attends the local university. She is a creative writing major and Lifestyles writer for the school paper, The Gothic Times. Danielle has written several poems and is working on a short novel.
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on October 29th, 2010 at 1:51 am
And you missed the coolest werewolf of the all……. Remus. Such a shame…. 😉
on October 29th, 2010 at 4:14 am
Is this a joke? You really skipped the best girl werewolf of all time, GINGER??? of Ginger Snaps? This list is incomplete.
on October 29th, 2010 at 6:03 am
Rose never becomes a werewolf in Doctor Who.
You need to add Alcide (Trueblood) and George (Being Human, though you might not get that in America).
on October 29th, 2010 at 6:37 am
Nina the werewolf wasn’t in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she was in it’s sister show Angel
on October 29th, 2010 at 6:47 am
I love Veruca, Sylvie, and Lucian. I can see Embry catching on. Falcon is WAY over the top for me, and wasn’t Fenrir a bad guy, big time? I’d file him with Bellatrix – even if the sound appeals, you shouldn’t choose a villain name that your kid will instantly recognize as a villain.
on October 29th, 2010 at 9:14 am
Oh, don’t forget Mason (Lockwood) from the “Vampire Diaries.” = )
on October 29th, 2010 at 10:16 am
Great list! It’s fun to see how some writers pick exotic names like Fenrir and Veruca for their supernatural characters, while others go with the more well-known Nina or Nicholas.
on October 29th, 2010 at 10:17 am
In the older Doctor Who series, there was a werewolf named Mags (as in Margaret, Maggie).
I absolutely adore the names Sylvie and, bizarrely, Fenrir.
on October 29th, 2010 at 11:16 am
I agree with a previous poster, where is Alcide?! Where is the True Blood love!
on October 29th, 2010 at 11:32 am
You are definitely missing Alcide and Remus! You could also include Fenrir but he’s not so nice.
on October 29th, 2010 at 11:49 am
Rose wasn’t a werewolf on Doctor Who. I believe you’re thinking of, “I am the Bad Wolf. I scatter the words in time and space,” which has nothing to do with an actual wolf, were- or otherwise. Hi, I’m a huge nerd.
Also, leaving off Alcide from the Sookie Stackhouse books and Ginger from Ginger Snaps but listing most of the throwaway werewolf characters from Anita Blake seems kind of…skewed, in a disappointing way.
on October 29th, 2010 at 11:57 am
I love Quil! And Oz is my favorite werewolf ever. I’ve never heard of Anita Blake, but I really love the name Anita, so I might have to look into it! This was a fun blog!
By the way, no one ever claimed that these lists were all-inclusive. Do you really expect her to find the names of every single werewolf in entertainment history? Impossible.
Laura Blackwell Said
on October 29th, 2010 at 12:23 pm
Interesting list. I would caution against Veruca, which means “wart.” Not that Buffy’s Veruca nor Roald Dahl’s are somebody you’d want to name your kid after anyway…
on October 29th, 2010 at 3:04 pm
Just a heads up – the Van Helsing werewolf was Velkan, not Falcon 🙂
on October 29th, 2010 at 4:14 pm
Not a true werewolf per se, but Rahne Sinclair aka Wolfsbane from the Marvel comics universe (New Mutants, X-Factor, X-Force) has the mutant power to shift between a human and werewolf/wolf-like forms.
on October 29th, 2010 at 4:27 pm
Cool list, also, Velken was the brother in Van Helsing, like Whitney pointed out. Also in Blood and Chocolate there was a Rafe and Gabriel.
Very good though!
on October 29th, 2010 at 4:51 pm
You left out Remus Lupin fro Harry Potter, and you also totally ignored True Blood which was all about Werewolves this past season.
on October 29th, 2010 at 8:11 pm
Not a werewolf fan per se, but Nina and Sylvie both made the short list for our 3 month old (and Reina and Vivienne were on the longer list).
on October 29th, 2010 at 9:40 pm
Sam, Grace, Olivia, Cole, Beck, Paul, Ulrik, Viktor, Jack and Shelby from “Linger” and “Shiver” (they’re very very escapist guilty pleasures but far better than Twilight and so I think these should be on here.) Beck and Cole are especially “in” right now, aren’t they?
Rose wasn’t a werewolf. Good lord, that’s a scary thought. Nope. You could put Queen Victoria though, she was.
on October 30th, 2010 at 12:33 am
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on October 30th, 2010 at 4:38 am
I first fell in love with the name Serafine when I watched the movie An American Werewolf in Paris. I think it should have made the list.
Tavius and Major Said
on October 30th, 2010 at 10:35 am
I love the name Gotham…. It was the original name for New York City…. I also like the name Thunder both are names that are fun for Halloween…. And Midnite for a little extra fun
on October 31st, 2010 at 12:21 am
Oh and George, Tully and Nina from “Being Human”! A lot of these names overlap, it’s interesting.
on December 13th, 2010 at 8:43 pm
Pretty much all the characters listed from Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series should really be listed under Bitten as this is where they first made their appearance. Plus Bitten is the most Wolf centric novel in the series.
on January 10th, 2011 at 2:53 pm
you forgot jared from twilight… i dont even read the books and i know. FAIL.
on March 14th, 2011 at 8:16 pm
Alcide, Debbie, Cooter, Gus?!
obviously you have never watched true blood!
on March 16th, 2011 at 8:13 am
Number One, Remus is on that list.
Number Two, I beg of you NOT to name your child Fenrir! He is bloodthirsty even when not transformed, and intentionally puts himself in a place where, once transformed, he can attack small children. Not cool.
on August 29th, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Nina was on Buffy, she tempted Oz into cheating on Willow and got him to leave the show, pretty much. **spoilers**
And no Being Human chacters? Shame! Nina, George and Tully! C’mon!
on August 30th, 2012 at 10:25 am
I realize I’m like two years late to this thread but there a a few new ones….
Emma (Trueblood) + her entire pack
and should Remus and Romulous be added to the list? Technically they aren’t Werewolves but raised by Wolves and founding Rome sounds like a pretty decent heritage for wolves.
on April 2nd, 2014 at 1:41 pm
This is a pretty interesting article, but Rose Tyler (Doctor Who) is NOT a werewolf and Bella Swan’s last name only has one n. Swan not Swann
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