Writing is one of my several hobbies, and lists like the one below help me with writer's block every now and again.
Only The Best Vampire Names Wanted
Modern vampire names don't have to always be dark and exotic. Though there are many examples of gothic-inspired names matched to memorable literary and cinematic members of the undead, they often just stem from names that were popular when that character was turned. While a unique vampire name can make a character memorable, their actions and personality are even more important.
My motivation for compiling the list of vampire names below comes from being a novice writer of short horror fiction. It really is nice to have something to reference so you don't have to spend hours on end trying to come up with that perfect name. Though this was written with storytellers in mind, I'm sure that anyone looking for gothic, dark, or spooky names (for whatever reason) will find this list somewhat useful. Thank you so very much for giving it a look-see.
Cool Vampire Names for Women
Cool Vampire Names for Men
Shugo the Bloody
Ancient Vampire Names - Elizabeth Bathory: The Blood Countess
One of the more frightening real-life vampire-like characters in history was Elizabeth Bathory (or Bathory Erzsebet in her native Hungarian). Erzsebet, when translated from the Hungarian, roughly means "mercy of god." This just goes to show that any name, no matter how cute or how noble its origins, can be stained by someone who does very bad things, especially if those things involve bathing in blood.
Some Cool Vampire Names and Their Meanings
- Ajax: Powerful eagle.
- Bast: Cat-like Egyptian goddess of pleasure.
- Bridget: A popular Irish name which means "power and strength".
- Carmilla: Almost certainly a variant of the Hebrew word Carmel, which means "orchard".
- Korba: A Czech word which means "basket maker".
- Lizette: This girl's name of French origin means "pledged to God".
- Morana: A pagan goddess associated with death and rebirth of nature.
- Nija: A Polish god of the underworld.
- Radu: A name of Romanian origin, which means "happy or willing".
- Rasmus: A shortened form of Erasmus, which is Dutch for "beloved".
- Renwick: An Old English name that roughly alludes to "ravens".
Creepy Vampire Nicknames for Those From the Dark Side
Shadow of the Night
Beast of the Subways
Queen of Hearts
The Pale Knight
The Monster of Roma
Killer From the Shadows
Cool Gothic Names for Male Vampires
The Vampire Club by Voltaire
I would absolutely love it if a vampire club or bar like this existed in real life. You could probably compare it a little bit to The Bronze in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show back from 1997. Coming up for a good name for the vampire club would be a true exercise as you wouldn't want one too corny (like Fangtasia); you would also want one that sounded inviting to all the creatures of the night.
Sexy Gothic Names for Female Vampires
Scary Vampire Names
Vampire Last Name Suggestions
Female Vampire Names
Evil is a point of view. We are immortal. And what we have before us are the rich feasts that conscience cannot appreciate and mortal men cannot know without regret. God kills, and so shall we, indiscriminately He takes the richest and the poorest, and so shall we; for no creatures under God are as we are, none so like Him as ourselves, dark angels not confined to the stinking limits of hell but wandering His earth and all its kingdoms.
— Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire
Dark Names for Dark Souls
Vampirella: The Best Vampire Name Ever!
With a great vampire name like Vampirella, you'd think this character would have a really good movie to go along with all the excellent printed comics she has, but alas not yet. I will admit that I was first drawn to this title because of the beauty and sexuality of the lead character, but the more I read, the more I realized that there is a lot of history to Vampi than I first realized. After reading her first appearance, you can really tell that the character was really well thought (and fleshed) out. Still waiting for that really good movie, though.
Cute Vampire Names
Wicked Names for Creatures of the Night
Male Vampire Names
Vlad the Impaler: The Real-Life Dracula
Ancient vampire names don't get any more ancient than the name Vlad. This Wallachian ruler of the mid 1400's is considered one of the most important rulers of the region and a national hero of Romania. His viciousness in battle and cruelty in the way he dealt with prisoners soon gave him the nickname of Vlad the Impaler. Though his methods were thought of as overkill, they helped protect his country and his people from invasion, slavery, and death.
Vampire Names Inspired by Movies, TV, Games, and Literature
Sensual Vampire Names for Both Sexes
We are in Transylvania, and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways, and there shall be to you many strange things, Nay, from what you have told me of your experiences already, you know something of what strange things there may be.
— Bram Stoker, Dracula
Watch Lots of Great Vampire Movies To Come Up With the Best Vampire Names
Over the years, I've come to realize that movie vampire names often sound a lot scarier if the vampire has a normal first name paired with a cool sounding last name. Take Jerry Dandrige from the 1985 vampire flick Fright Night. Jerry alone doesn't sound intimidating at all, but when paired with Dandrige, you've got some serious goosebumps. Of course, the charismatic (and vicious) nature of the character also makes him quite unforgettable as well. I've always been of the mind that either one of the first or last names must be a bit exotic or edgy to make it more memorable to the audience.
Famous Vampire Names From Fiction, Film, TV and Comics
- Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid): Dark Shadows TV Show (1966)
- Count Dracula (written by Bram Stoker): Dracula (1897)
- Drusilla (played by Juliet Landau): Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Show (1997)
- Lestat de Lioncourt (written by Anne Rice): The Vampire Lestat (1985 novel)
- Lord Ruthven (written by John W. Polidori): The Vampyre (1819 novella)
- Michael Morbius (created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane): 1st appearance in Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #101 (1963 comic book series)
- Mircalla / Countess Karnstein (written by J. Sheridan Le Fanu): Carmilla (1871 serial originally appearing in The Dark Blue magazine)
- Nandor the Relentless (played by Kayvan Novak): What We Do in the Shadows TV Show (2019)
- Santanico Pandemonium (played by Salma Hayek): From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
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