15 Baby Names With Super Dark Meanings (2023)

This article was originally published on August 4, 2017. It was updated on January 16, 2021 by Katrina Butcher.

The meaning can often be the biggest influence for a parent deliberating over what name to give their baby. There can be multiple meanings for any given name. While there are many parents who are genuinely not bothered with the meaning, history or connotations of a name, there are others who will write off their favorite name choice because of its scary meaning. Additionally, a negative, dark, or downright evil meaning or legend can immediately scare a parent off.

The usual names associated with beauty, nature and happiness are often in our top baby names. So, going for something a little more obscure, a little quirkier, and perhaps a little darker, means that you will catch a name that isn't as popular, making it unique. A daring name that has dwindled in the baby charts because of its translation can mean that your baby will stand out from the crowd with their incredible name.

We've gathered a list of some of the darkest baby names we've come across. But also, names that we actually love! These names are stunning and if there was no evil or darkness in their meaning then there would more than likely be no question as to you adding it to your list. These particular names have a darkness dwelling within them which you may or may not have heard before. Personally, the meaning of a name would not necessarily put me off, and the myths and legends associated with some of these names, simply make them more interesting!

15 Azazel

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Azazel has quite a charming ring to it with its lyrical tones and synonyms. The meaning of the name and its history, if you aren't aware, might surprise you a little. Bible Study Tools reports that Azazel means “scapegoat” in Hebrew. And, according to the Old Testament, it was the name of a sacrificial offering. To add more heat to the dark meaning of this name, there are further references to Azazel being a fallen angel.

I have heard of parents using this name, but I'm unsure if they realize the connection it has with the dark world of demons and sacrifices. Nevertheless, I don't know about you, but it wouldn't put me off using the name. The name has a certain sound to it with its double Z and lyrical L ending. It is intriguing and beautiful and after all, a person makes their name what they want it to be.

14 Lilith

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I think by this stage we've all heard the name Lilith, which is particularly impossible not to love. The overly feminine sound of this name makes it an incredibly beautiful choice for your baby girl if you're looking for something with a little more to it compared to Lily or Lillian. But Lilith has quite a discerning meaning and history that veers on the dark side. The name has deep associations with servitude, chaos, retaliation and downright evil. All of which certainly gives the name a bit of punch and weight!

Lilith comes from the word lilitu, and according to The Bump, means “belonging to the night.” A somewhat perfect translation when you look at her history. Biblical Archaeology reports that medieval Jewish tradition believed Lilith was Adam's first wife who was thrown out of Eden and replaced by Eve simply because she would not submit to him. To add to the darkness of her incredible story, the offspring of Adam and Lilith were the evil spirits of the world.

13 Gabriel

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Gabriel is a hidden gem in this list of names with a dark history and meaning. When we hear the name Gabriel, most of us think of the biblical meaning that is primarily associated with this name, "God is my strength." Surely this meaning can only be positive, but when we look further into the world of Gabriel things can take a darker twist. Unknown to most of us, there was a hidden agenda with Gabriel.

Gabriel was sometimes referred as an archangel who was known to be the messenger of God. He would deliver truths and future events to humans. He is the one who delivered the message to Mary that she was to have God's child, according to Christianity.com. However, when we look deeper into the motivations of Gabriel, we can see that he was a particularly manipulative and conniving angel. He delivered messages to humans but would not advise on how to interpret these messages and stepped away from the pitfalls humans would make on acting on these messages.

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12 Pandora

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Pandora is a very daring name to give your baby girl but it's also quite a hard name to pass up because of its beauty. I love this name, but its deep and dark connections would make me avoid using it. There are plenty of parents who are either unaware of the history and meaning of this name or brave parents who are not worried about its connotations and simply adore the name so much that they have their own little Pandora.

For those of you who don't know, the name Pandora means "all the gifts" which is a truly beautiful meaning but when we elaborate on Pandora's mythology, we find the story about her downfall. According to Greek Mythology, Pandora was the first mortal woman. Zeus gave her a jar containing all the trouble, ills, and evils of the world that mankind now knows. Zeus deliberately told her not to open it. Pandora, being an inquisitive, stubborn, and independent female, opened the box and effectively unleashed hell on earth.

11 Aeron

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Aeron, which can be used for either a boy or a girl, has a familiar sound to it that encourages many to put it on their baby name list, but many are probably unaware of its meaning. You may come across the name meaning "berry”, but the name Aeron also comes from the ancient Celtic goddess of battle and slaughter, according to Enacademic. In other traditions, Aeron was a Celtic god of war. Some have even gone as far as to say Aeron is associated with carnage.

The name is quite severe and strong, but would that put you off giving this name to your baby boy or girl? Personally, I think that the name Aeron is far too aesthetically beautiful to cross off the list. Being more obscure and interesting than the usual Aaron. Aeron has a ring to it that is strong and beautiful and worthy to be given to your baby. Despite of, or rather in favor of its association with the god or goddess of war, Aeron is a strong and powerful name with a sophisticated and soft sound, making it a great choice.

10 Alvah

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The name Alvah can also be used for a boy or girl but is more commonly associated as a female name. It is not technically a variation of Alva, although, it may appear that it is. Alva means "white," where in stark contrast, Alvah means "evil" or "immoral,” reports Biblical Baby Names. With such a strong name meaning, many parents may be blatantly turned off using this spelling for a name which sounds remarkably similar to Alva.

But of course, the spelling of Alvah is beautifully unique and interesting and considering that the name is not included in many lists of popular baby names, you will certainly be choosing a unique and interesting name. This name brings quite a quandary for anyone interested in it but fearful of giving their baby a unique name that has such a dark, and frankly, terrifying name. My fear would be that if any of Alvah's classmates discovered the meaning then they would be hit with bullying and called names like “Evil Alvah.” To each their own, but the strength of this name meaning is a little off putting.

9 Seth

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I think we've all heard about the dark nature of the name Seth, but happily, it doesn't seem to have put any of us off giving this name to our sons considering it's quite a popular baby name. In Hebrew, Seth means "anointed" or "placed" and is most known as the third son of Adam and Eve. He was named as such because Eve believed he was appointed as a replacement after the fall of their sons Cain and Abel.

However, when we look at the mythology behind the name, we discover that Seth, in ancient Egyptian and Greek mythology, was the god of desert, storms, disorder, violence and foreigners. According to Ancient History Encyclopedia, he was also the Egyptian god of chaos. He was depicted as an evil god, consuming, and purporting to be responsible for various disasters of the world. Seth was a god to be feared and he indulged in this fear. He was unpredictable and strong, making him more fearful and dominant. But all is not lost with Seth as there is a strong positivity to this name and the lore. Seth was thought to have supported and aided the dead by helping them reach heaven by using his ladder. Seth is often used in literature, film, and TV as the name of a dark, mysterious, or evil character. Whatever you make of the name Seth, bear in mind that it has always been a popular choice, so clearly the dark connotations this name holds does not phase many people.

8 Adrienne

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Adrienne is one of those beautiful and classic names that conjure up images of polite living in upstate New York. A lady of means, Adrienne is a powerful and strong choice for your baby girl. However, did you know that this name has a literal meaning of "the dark one?” You can take from that whatever you like and develop it to mean something that is appropriate for you. Personally, my mystic self would not allow me to use this name since I'd always wonder what lurks beneath the holder of this beautiful name. Perhaps, I watch far too many horror films.

Adrienne can very well look beyond this dark meaning considering that the name’s numerology associates it with scholarly tasks, such as education, philosophy, stoicism, spiritual, intelligent, and analytical, according to The Meaning Of The Name. As an introvert, Adrienne often spends time correctly analyzing her surroundings and situations, which is not a bad thing.

7 Griffin

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Griffin was traditionally a surname but has filtered its way into first name status. It was originally used as a nickname and is now used as a standalone name. Ordinarily, the name was given to someone as a nickname for being fierce, making it a strong, yet not altogether popular choice just yet.

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Griffin is more commonly associated with the legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion with the head and wings of an eagle, and finally, an eagle's talons as its front feet, according to Britannica. The griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature to be revered and feared. Griffins are not necessarily evil, but as protectors they will not let anything stand in the way of their duty. Griffin is not an overly common name but that could be more to do with the fact that it is usually a surname rather than a first name, and nothing to do with the meaning or context.

6 Mara

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Mara is an interesting name choice which is rarely heard these days as it is not too popular. It is a beautiful, feminine name with a lovely ring to it. But, there’s only one thing stopping it from being more popular: its meaning. Mara is derived from the Hebrew marah which means "bitterness" or "sorrow,” reports Abarim Publications. The name is first mentioned in the Bible by Naomi after her husband and sons all die. She said, "Call me not Naomi, call me Mara,” blatantly changing her name to fit and fill her mood of sadness and anger.

To add to these dark and somewhat negative meanings, Mara also means "nightmare" in Swedish and "Death" in Sanskrit. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this name. It’s a beautiful name in its own right but it has its fair share of darkness surrounding it. Would you choose it even though it holds quite a few negative meanings? Or could you get past the darkness and give your daughter a beautiful and unique name?

5 Raven

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Raven is a name that can be used for a boy or a girl, and not crossing it off your baby name list is daring. Raven has transgressed into a comic book name and its popularity has dwindled over the years, but could that be due to its dark and unpopular meaning? While Raven is often associated with birds and nature, it is obviously closely connected with black and darkness which of course is not a bad thing and gives the name character and substance.

But many parents are more than likely unaware that the name Raven means "a thieving person,” according to Name Doctor. I wouldn't want my son or daughter to be tarnished with a name meaning that could take them down the wrong path. Is Raven on your list? Why did you keep it there and did it make your number one?

4 Thana

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Thana is a wolf in sheep's clothing considering it has a more commonly positive name meaning coming from the Muslim meaning "praise". However, in Greek mythology, Thanatos was the Greek god of death, according to Mom Junction. making it a very bleak choice for your beautiful little girl. There is no hiding from the fact that this beautifully lyrical name has a very dark connotation. There is very little room for maneuver here, so Thana will pretty much have to win you over with her Muslim name meaning or with her simple beauty and vitality.

Thana does not have to be so dark and dreary if you don't want it to be, and you can focus on the ideology of Thana meaning praise, making it a perfect choice. A name, after all, is what you make it and will reflect the personality of your child and not the other way around.

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3 Samael

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I actually love this name far too much to care about any of its name meanings or connotations. It glides off the tongue so easily and beautifully. The name sounds strong but romantic and sophisticated. How can it have a darkness about it? But it does, and quite a good one, too.

According to Simple English Wikipedia, Samael is considered to be a fallen angel. In fact, Samael is better known as the Grim Reaper and is the chief seducer, accuser, and destroyer. As the Prince of Darkness, Samael is also considered to be both kind and cruel. He is temptation personified. Would you be able to give your son a name that borders on being good and evil at the same time? Not many it would seem are happy to use this name since it doesn't even rank on the baby name charts yet. After all, it might not seem appropriate to name your little boy after an angel of death.

2 Mallory

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Mallory has a fantastic sound to it, so it’s easy to see why it’s a gorgeous first choice for any mom or dad who are looking for an interesting and unique name. Mallory has dwindled in the charts lately and I do wonder if it has a lot to do with the name meaning.

Mallory comes from the French meaning of "unfortunate" or " luckless,” according to Ancestry. There is something worrisome about offering this name as a choice for your daughter. The worrier in me would think that the negative connotation of this name would follow my daughter around, putting her in bad situations or that she would fail at everything she tried. But is that fair to cross off a name that is beautiful and wonderfully romantic because of its meaning which may never come to the forefront? Would you be as suspicious as me and avoid it because you wouldn't want to raise an unlucky child?

1 Leviathan

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Leviathan has oddly been rediscovered and amended in line with the cool and fun name Levi which has remained popular for years. Leviathan is a way for new parents to revel in the quirky name but improve on it. But this name has a dramatic and dark meaning despite it sounding positively unearthly and godly.

Leviathan, which makes a rather unusual biblical choice, means "whale" or more appropriate for this list, it also means "twisted and coiled,” reports Compelling Truth. In Biblical terms, Leviathan was a monster that was overcome by the archangels on the day of judgement and God was praised for its defeat. While Levi is a great choice for your baby boy, perhaps avoid looking at the longer version of Leviathan unless you want your own little monster running around.

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Sources: Bible Study Tools, The Bump, Biblical Archaeology, Christianity.com, Greek Mythology, Enacademic, Biblical Baby Names, Ancient History Encyclopedia, The Meaning Of The Name, Britannica, Abarim Publications, Name Doctor, Mom Junction, Simple English Wikipedia, Ancestry, Compelling Truth


What names have dark meanings? ›

Or you might prefer to browse for names that suggest dark things, such as Jett or Raven. Along with Jett and Raven, other dark baby names in the US Top 1000 include Blake, Colton, Delaney, Kiera, Layla, Melanie, Phoenix, and Sullivan.

What names mean god of darkness? ›

Erebus. Erebus is the god of darkness and shadow in Greek mythology, known as one of five beings in existence, born from Chaos. Erebus could be considered a strong boy name despite the gloomy origin.

What are names for Queen of darkness? ›

Jemisha: Meaning “queen of darkness” in Sanskrit.

What are the toughest names? ›

Tough-sounding baby boy names
  • Jag (or Jagger)
  • Jax.
  • Damon.
  • Dexter.
  • Axel.
  • Cason.
  • Calum.
  • Cash.
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What are beautiful but dark names? ›

What are some dark names?
  • Adrienne – the dark one (or the one from Hadria).
  • Dusk – sunset.
  • Gray / Grey – not a color, but a shade.
  • Keir – dark-haired, dark-skinned.
  • Lamya – dark complexion, in Arabic.
  • Layla – dark or night in Arabic.
  • Lisha – darkness before midnight, or short for Alicia or Felicia.
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Who is the dark god? ›

In Greek mythology, Erebus (/ˈɛrɪbəs/; Ancient Greek: Ἔρεβος, romanized: Érebos, "deep darkness, shadow"), or Erebos, is the personification of darkness and one of the primordial deities. Hesiod's Theogony identifies him as one of the first five beings in existence, born of Chaos.

Who is goddess of death? ›

Kali, (Sanskrit: “She Who Is Black” or “She Who Is Death”) in Hinduism, goddess of time, doomsday, and death, or the black goddess (the feminine form of Sanskrit kala, “time-doomsday-death” or “black”).

Who is the first god of darkness? ›

Erebus, also spelled Erebos, in Greek religion, the god of a dark region of the underworld and the personification of darkness. Erebus is one of the primordial beings in the Greek creation myth. He is the son of Chaos, who is also the mother of Erebus's wife, Nyx, the personification of night.

What is a midnight name? ›

bewitching hour. dead of night. small hours. twelve o'clock at night. witching hour.

What is the Viking name for darkness? ›

myrkr (noun n.) 'darkness'

What are danger names? ›

Synonyms of dangerous
  • hazardous.
  • risky.
  • perilous.
  • serious.
  • unsafe.
  • precarious.
  • treacherous.
  • menacing.

What is a powerful name? ›

Synonyms of powerful
  • influential.
  • significant.
  • strong.
  • potent.
  • important.
  • mighty.
  • prominent.
  • heavy.

What are violent names? ›

Violent baby names noted in the US
  • Blade.
  • Colt.
  • Danger.
  • Gunner.
  • Lethal.
  • Pistol.
  • Shooter.
  • Trigger.
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What name means death bringer? ›

Morrigan - In Irish and Celtic mythology, this goddess is known as the “bringer of death”.

What are some rare unisex names? ›

Most Rare Gender-Neutral Names
  • Asa.
  • Averill.
  • Baldwin.
  • Campbell.
  • Christmas.
  • Denali.
  • Dune.
  • Echo.
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What name means dark rose? ›

Fun Fact: "Roisin Dubh," meaning black rose or dark little rose, is an Irish legend and song from the 16th century.

What is the death god name? ›

Yama, the Hindu god of death and Lord of Naraka (hell). He was subsequently adopted by Buddhist, Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, and Japanese mythology as the king of hell.

What is the Black God called? ›

Black God (Haashchʼééshzhiní), sometimes referred to as Darkness to Be One by Tony Hillerman, is the god of fire and creator of the stars in Navajo mythology. Not all accounts credit him with the creation of the constellations, but all credit him with the creation of fire and light as found in the stars.

Who is the killer god? ›

WHO IS HE? Gorr the God Butcher is a god-killer, having tortured and slain countless gods and immortals over his long life, which he bragged about in THOR: GOD OF THUNDER (2012) #4 as he tormented Thor.

Who is the evilest goddess? ›

Coming in at number #1 above all other evil gods is the Mesopotamian goddess-demoness Lamashtu, the most terrible of all the female demons. She preyed on women during childbirth, kidnapped their newborns while they were breastfeeding, and then slew the babies to eat their flesh.

Who was the saddest goddess? ›

In Greek mythology, Oizys (/ˈoʊɪzɪs/; Ancient Greek: Ὀϊζύς, romanized: Oïzýs) is the goddess of misery, anxiety, grief, depression, and misfortune. Her Roman name is Miseria, from which the English word misery is derived.

Who is the god of painful death? ›

In Greek mythology, the Keres (/ˈkɪriːz/; Ancient Greek: Κῆρες), singular Ker (/ˈkɜr/; Κήρ), were female death-spirits. They were the goddesses who personified violent death and who were drawn to bloody deaths on battlefields.

Was there ever a black god? ›

Black God is, first and foremost, a fire god. He is the inventor of the fire drill and was the first being to discover the means by which to generate fire. He is also attributed to the practice of witchcraft.

Who is the shadow god? ›

The Shadow God was born when light and darkness entwined long ago. He came from the Shadow Realm, a parallel realm, Earth's twin. There are two separate sides of him, his good side and his shadow side. Eventually, his loneliness led him to seek out the Moon Goddess to make a deal with her.

Who is the god of eternal darkness? ›

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, Tharizdun (/θəˈrɪzdən/) is the god of Eternal Darkness, Decay, Entropy, Malign Knowledge, Insanity, and Cold. He originated in the World of Greyhawk campaign setting but has since also appeared in other settings.

What names have a negative meaning? ›

60+ Good Names with Bad Meanings
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  • Acantha: thorn, prickle.
  • Aphra: dust.
  • Bronagh: sorrow.
  • Capri: goats.
  • Cecily: blind.
  • Cornelia: horn.
  • Courtney: short nose.
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What are some eerie names? ›

23 more Halloween names with spooky origins
  • Dexter.
  • Rune.
  • Agatha.
  • Clarice.
  • Elvira.
  • Gillian.
  • Rosemary.
  • Burton.
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What name means chaos? ›

So, if you're looking for edgy names that mean chaos, you'll love the following list.
  • Aiden. This classic Irish means “little and fiery,” which is so fitting for your chaotic little boy.
  • Alastor. ...
  • Asani. ...
  • Breaker. ...
  • Briar. ...
  • Brutus. ...
  • Danger. ...
  • Deirdre.
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Are there Forbidden names? ›

Baby names that are illegal around the world
  • Adolf Hitler: Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, and New Zealand.
  • Akuma: Japan.
  • All Power: Sonora, Mexico.
  • Amir: Saudi Arabia.
  • Ashanti: Portugal.
  • Bonghead: Australia.
  • Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116: Sweden.
  • Carolina: Iceland.
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What name means pain? ›

Like a guy I read about in the Bible named Jabez. His story is found in I Chronicles 4:9-10: "Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez (which means 'pain') saying 'I gave birth to him in pain.

What names mean death bringer? ›

Morrigan - In Irish and Celtic mythology, this goddess is known as the “bringer of death”.

What are some ultra rare names? ›

40 Uncommon Baby Names to Help Your Son or Daughter Stand Out from the Crowd
  • Jago. For a boy. It clocks in at #1 on the most uncommon names for boys, according to Bounty.
  • Khaleesi. For a girl. ...
  • Massimo. For a boy. ...
  • Darius. For a boy. ...
  • Paityn. For a girl. ...
  • Xander. For a boy. ...
  • Quinn. For a girl or boy. ...
  • Fatima. For a girl.
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What name means evil spirit? ›


Ahriman is the Middle Persian derivative of Old Persia Angra Mainyu, which means 'devil or evil spirit.

What names mean dead and awake? ›

Akuji. Akuji means “dead and awake.” If there is a name with a creepier meaning than that one, let us know.

What name means fear God? ›

In Biblical Names the meaning of the name Irijah is: The fear of the Lord.


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