Choosing a name for your child is never easy, but there are a few evil baby names you should definitely avoid.
Evil Baby Names to Avoid
When considering baby names, parents often take into account many factors:
- How a name sounds on its own
- How a name sounds with the chosen middle name and the family's last name
- How a name sounds with the names of other members of the family
- The cultural heritage behind a name
- Family traditions regarding baby names
Although all of the above are certainly important, it's also a good idea to consider whether or not the name you've selected could possibly be construed as an evil baby name.
Names with Negative Meanings
A baby name that means "strong" or "intelligent" is a good choice for your son or daughter. A baby name that means "devil" or "evil vampire" is probably not, however.
- Desdemona: Means "of the devil."
- Dracul: A Romanian name meaning "devil" or "dragon."
- Keres: A Greek name for a girl meaning "evil spirits."
- Lamia: The name of an evil spirit in Greek mythology who abducts and murders children. Lamia also means "vampire" in Latin and "fiend" in Arabic.
- Sidero: A Latin woman's name meaning "evil nymph."
- Teivel: A Yiddish name for the devil.
- Ubel: A German boy's name meaning "evil one."
- Zlogonje: A Serbian name that means "expels evil."
It should go without saying that naming your child after one of the seven deadly sins isn't a good idea. However, Ancestry.com conducted a search of U.S. census records that found 149 people named Lust, 70 people named Greed, 12 people named Sloth, and 830 people named Pride. Gluttony was the only sin not represented in the list of evil baby names.
Names of Bad People Throughout History
In many cases, parents choose a baby name to honor a relative, friend, or someone they admire. When it comes to names to avoid, however, you probably want to stay away from naming your child after one of the following individuals:
- Attila the Hun
- Adolph Hitler
- Josef Stalin
- Osama Bin Laden
- Saddam Hussein
- John Wayne Gacy
- Charles Manson
- Ted Bundy
- Jeffrey Dahmer
Names of Spooky Characters
While not necessarily "evil" in the traditional sense, you may want to think twice before naming your child after a spooky character in a book, movie, or television show. What seems like a clever way to express your individuality now might not be so adorable when your child is all grown up.
- Damien: from The Omen
- Darth: from Star Wars
- Druscilla: from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Gomez: from The Addams Family
- Hannibal: from The Silence of the Lambs
- Herman: from The Munsters
- Icabod: from The Legend of Sleepy Hallow
- Morticia: from The Addams Family
- Regan: from The Exorcist
- Samara: from The Ring
Choosing the Right Name for Your Baby
So, what should you name your baby? This decision is one of the hardest ones to make as a new parent. Generally, however, it's a good idea to avoid names that:
- Are hard to pronounce
- Are hard to spell
- Sound like a curse word
- Sound odd with your last name
- Sound too much like another word with an undesirable meaning
- Result in first, middle, and last name initials that spell out something undesirable
You can learn more about picking out a suitable name for your new bundle of joy by reviewing the following LoveToKnow Baby articles: