There are names that picture beauty, goodness and love. Just the mere mention of these names may bring smiles on faces and cause the heart to skip a beat in delight. Names like Adonis, Beau, Kevin, Lily, Angelica and Rose are some of these names. There are names however that can send shivers down your spine or make your hair stand on end. These scary names are usually names of characters from horror stories we’ve read or heard about, or from horror movies we’ve watched on the big screen or television. Just hearing these names is enough to bring to mind these characters’ horrifying looks or evil powers that cause harm or chaos.
Of demons and monsters
Demons are probably the perfect representations of evil ones who are out to tempt people to do evil and ruin them spiritually. They are masters of deceit and anything hideous. Names associated with the devil are Satan, Desdemona, which means “of the devil” and Beelzebub which was the name of Satan’s chief lieutenant in Milton’s, “Paradise Lost.” Beelzebub actually means “lord of the flies” in Hebrew while some translators say “lord of the dung” is a more appropriate translation. In the Bible, Jesus called Satan Beelzebul.
Monsters are fictional figures that are vicious, cruel and destructive. Ghidora is one such character. This 3-headed dragon is Godzilla’s archrival. Hulk is another name for a scary looking monster. But Hulk unlike other monsters is a super hero out to do good and not spread evil.
When you think of monsters you’d probably think of Frankenstein. In reality Frankenstein is the doctor that created the monster and not the name of the monster itself. In fact all throughout the novel he was just referred to as “wretch,” “thing,” “fiend,” “the demon” and “ogre” in the novel but never Frankenstein.
Of vampires and witches
Long before Twilight became to be there was Dracula, the horror novel by Bram Stoker. Count Dracula is the infamous classic vampire from Transylvania. The 1897 novel though supposedly fictional relates of incidents strongly related to the life of Vlad III of Wallachia who was known as “the Impaler.” He is said to have killed anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 individuals whom he considered useless to humanity by using as sharp pole to impale them. Other vampire names that will fit in the terrifying names list are Nosferatu and Lestat.
In fairy tales and old literature witches are often depicted as wrinkled, scruffy looking women usually with big noses and wearing black cloaks and a black pointed hat. They prepare brews with the evil intention of bringing bad luck or even death to their enemies. Famous witches’ names are Hecate from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Though not portrayed as an evil looking witch Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty’s evil step-mother who is a self-proclaimed “Mistress of Evil” can fit in the witch’s category. She is the wicked dark fairy that cursed Snow White because she was not invited to the baby’s christening.
Hunchbacks and grotesque looking humans
Probably the most famous of the hunchbacks is Quasimodo of the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Igor. Igor is a commonly given name to hunchback loyal assistants of villains like mad scientists and even of Count Dracula.
Other spooky sounding names
There are names that do not name particular scary characters but they seem to have that mysterious or eerie feel in them. Names like Raven, Shadow, Tempest, Bones, Skull, Echo and Black are some of them.
Girl names of different origins like Ciarda which is Gaelic, Darcey which is Irish, Delia which is a Welsh name, Melaina which is French and Zilla which is a Hebrew name all mean either “dark” or “black.” The boy names with the same meaning are Adrian which is German, Dany which is Gaelic and Kearne and Kyran, both Irish names. All these names seem to have a cloak of mystery around them.